Rose and Mary here with a quick blog before the last sunset of our summer on Ship Island. It has been a wonderful time and we are both leaving here with many memories that we’ll keep for a life-time. From finding the first common tern eggs
to our 4th of July grilling party with burgers, 2 pies, chips, cherries, and corn on the cob…
to identifying a black skimmer after tropical storm Arthur (a somewhat rare species up this far north, typical after southern storms)….
to watching fledglings fly and touch the water for the first time.
We have learned so much about common terns and island living. As far as we can tell so far, without having computed our final numbers, our colony did very well this year. While the peregrine falcon and merlin visited nearly daily after chicks hatched, they did not disturb the terns enough to affect the whole colony. The larger of the storms down-poured over 3 inches of rain at times, yet miraculously we had very little loss due to the weather. The Ship Island Common Tern colony is a prime example of a restoration island success story and it has been wonderful to be a part of this effort. Thanks to the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Staff for giving us this opportunity and for the amazing seabird restoration and management work that you do!
Hasta luego! (Until next time!) Rose and Mary