The Scene on Sand Dollar, August 27

Volunteer Ellen LeBow made a visit to the Gulf side of Sand Dollar last Friday to see how the colony area was looking and see what nesting birds might still be hanging around. She also took some photos to share with us.

As you can see, the main tern and skimmer colony is now completely empty of nesting birds, and there are just some Black Skimmers with fledglings still hanging around, helping the kids learn to fish and fattening them up for the trip to their wintering grounds. A few Least Tern adults and juveniles were also spotted last weekend.

If you visit Sand Dollar at this time of year, you should be able to observe not only the season’s last summer birds, but also some of our migrants and winter birds, such as Least Sandpipers, Sandwich Terns, Dunlin, and Dowitchers. Also stay tuned for news about the end-of-season party later this month and some rough nesting birds numbers from around Collier County.

The main colony area, after nesting concluded.

An adult Black Skimmer hanging out with a fledgling and some wintering Sandwich Terns.

Black Skimmers hanging out on Sand Dollar, post-nesting.

All photos were taken by Ellen LeBow. Thanks!

–Lindsay

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About Collier County Shorebird Stewards

The Collier County Shorebird Partnership was formed in 2010 and has begun a steward program to help protect beach-nesting birds by informing beach-goers about these interesting animals and how they can help them nest successfully.
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