[CT Birds] Sandy Pt. terns
m.stockmal at snet.net
Tue Jun 30 20:14:02 EDT 2009
This is just a thought about why there aren't any Least and Common Terns nesting at Sandy Pt.
On and off since I started monitoring Piping Plovers in mid April there has been a Peregrin Falcon present. The first few times it was a banded adult bird but last Sunday it was a banded juvenile. The falcon(s) perches on a fence post of the nesting area and sits there for long periods of time and is usually still there when I leave.
I observed twice Least and/or Common Terns dive bombing the falcon and it would leave only to return again a short time later and perch again.
This is the first year the falcon has be prevalent.
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