It is July and tern chicks are abundant in their nesting colonies. We have four species of terns nesting on the Island.
A must-hear song is that of the wood thrush. It is most frequently described as an ethereal flute-like ee-oh-lay.
It is close to the peak of the breeding season, and soon the early morning chorus of bird song will start quieting down.
Interpreting bird behavior is like a detective show.
Most birds are on their breeding grounds now and are busy raising their next generation.
Migration is winding down and our summer residents are at the peak of their nesting season. There is still plenty of action in the birding world.
Keep your eyes glued to the sky for a glimpse of these species common to our shores.
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