June 9, 2011 by Charles Walsh
The Terns have started to settle down here on Metinic. Nests are popping up everywhere, but the Terns are not alone! Take a look at all the wondrous little ‘chicks to be’ we have discovered so far!
This Arctic Tern has three eggs! No wonder it chose a soft grassy cushion next to the granite ledge.
This Arctic Tern decided on a shell nest for the season, classy!
Common Eiders create a blanket of down feathers for their nests, and even tuck the eggs in before leaving them. This helps the eggs stay warm and hide them from predators.
Spotted Sandpiper, we almost stepped on this nest when we found it! Checking it daily to ensure we get a chance to see the chicks up close.
Killdeer, this little shorebird had already hatched its clutch before we could find its nest. So that we do not spoil the impending chick pictures, here is a great shot of our Killdeer nest from 2010. Photo Credit: Brette Soucie
Black Guillemots nest in cavities of the rocky Maine coastline, you can only imagine the amount of searching it took to find this egg.
Great Black Backed Gull, this nest was in the open. These gulls are so large that they have few predators to hide from.
Herring Gull, amazing color variation within a single nest
A Savannah Sparrow nest. These eggs are no larger then your thumb nail!