Monday, August 12, 2013

latest update on the invisi-birds

The nesting season is winding down and signs of the change of seasons are in the air. Besides the tree swallow phenomenon and the arrival of migrating semipalmated sandpipers I mentioned in the last entry, another sign of a new season is the ripening of rose hips and beach plums.

Rose Hips

We're having a very productive year at Parker River NWR.

The latest update on the invisi-birds from biological staff (aka Jim):
Refuge Beach:  Active pairs: 2, active nests: 0, chicks: 2, fledglings: 42.
Sandy Point:  Fledglings: 2.
Town Beach: 0

Pairs: 32
Fledglings: 42
Fledglings per pair: 1.31.

According to biological staff there are still some least tern chicks running around on both the refuge and the Sandy Point beaches, but most have fledged.

Lots 2 and 3 are now open in addition to Lot 1. The refuge beach is still closed south of Lot 3.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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