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Other Terns on Sand Dollar

Least Terns are the only species of tern that breed in Collier County, but they are not the only species of tern that can be seen on Sand Dollar, especially on mudflats on the lagoon side. Royal Terns breed elsewhere … Continue reading

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How Shorebirds Keep Cool

On sunny days, you will probably notice that many of the terns and skimmers at the colony are sitting or standing around with their mouths open. If you get a good look at a chick, you will notice they, too, … Continue reading

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Where Do the Birds Winter?

As the nesting season draws down, you may notice that there seems to be fewer adults and fledglings to be seen on Sand Dollar. At first the reason for this is that once they have finished nesting for the season, … Continue reading

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A Little Tern Humor

The British paper, the Daily Mail, has published a news story and photographs featuring a Least Tern, its chick, and a rather large baitfish. This illustrates perfectly one of the reasons that I, personally, enjoy birds so much: They’re really … Continue reading

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Free Access to Online Information about Oil-affected Species

News from the Birds of North America website: This excellent resource is allowing full, free access to its informative accounts of 34 bird species that are affected by the Gulf oil spill. Normally, access is by subscription ($5 for a … Continue reading

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Mr. or Mrs. Skimmer?

Black Skimmers are members of the tern family (Laridae), and though male terns tend to be on average larger than females, they tend not to exhibit any obvious differences to the casual human observer. Their plumage is the same, and … Continue reading

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