Piping plovers have been protected along the Atlantic Coast since 1986, and over the years many people have asked about their wintering grounds.
Norton Point Beach was the host of seven different species of terns on July 16. Yes, you read that right: seven species of terns.
Shorebirds are on the move, heading southward from their northern breeding grounds.
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.
Keep your eyes glued to the sky for a glimpse of these species common to our shores.
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