Finishing in a close second, we found our first egg this morning on Metinic! Petit Manan did a fantastic job discussing the Tern egg and its camouflage (see below), so we won’t bore you with repetition and instead highlight a few differences. This little gem belongs to an Arctic Tern, and here on Metinic they prefer to nest on the exposed granite ledges in the center of the colony.
Many times there is almost nothing to an Arctic Tern nest, and the eggs will just sit in a rocky depression. Here the camouflage does very little for the egg’s protection, but being located in the center of the nesting area provides enough protection in itself. Terns are aggressively territorial so most nest predation occurs on the colony fringes. These Arctic Terns rely on a buffer from their even more aggressive Common Tern neighbors to chase off predators before getting to their eggs.
Looking forward to an Easter egg hunt as June begins!
Metinic Crew (Charlie Walsh, Jennie Wiacek, and special guests Courtney Viall, and Adrienne Leppold)