I first saw these magnificent birds while living in Panama. It was around Thanksgiving I saw one sitting on a dead branch that stuck out the top of a tree across from our house. It took me a month before I finally found a bird book that helped me identify it. I've been watching a couple of pairs and nests at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Two weeks ago the chicks were still small but now they are exercising their wings and are a good size. Hope you enjoy! The first nest in the marsh.
I went to Breezy Point a few weeks ago and posted some pictures of common terns and piping plovers nesting. I wanted to get back and get some pictures of the chicks and went Wednesday. One of the things that amazed me is, the chicks are spotted like their eggs! Here are a few of the cutest baby chicks! Common tern chicks
Piping plover chicks. These little guys were hard to photograph; they move so fast around the beach