I hiked Breezy Point in the morning for a few hours covering the Tern Colony 
near the Silver Gull Club and looping back to the fisherman’s parking lot.

The highlights were: Black Tern (adult) feeding off the tip with Common Terns 
and a couple of Forster’s Terns.

On the Jetty, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were among a flock of Semipalmated 
Sandpipers gleaning food from the seaweed on the rocks.

The changes to the beach resulting from Sandy and other less notable storms, 
resulted in flattening of some of the dune system creating more open beach. As 
a result, the Least Tern colony did well last year and this year they appear to 
be doing just as well. My count was 87 without looking at birds within the 

Interestingly, it appears the Common Tern colony is smaller than previous 
years. I will have to see if the numbers shake out as the season progresses.

Last year, I noted a few Bank Swallows had nested in the dunes. This again, was 
a result of shifting dune changes and further along into the season (2017) 
after one storm, there were quite a few areas where steeper banks shaped out.

On Monday, I counted in one small sample area, 18 cavities with 11 birds noted. 
This bodes well and perhaps we will see this develop further; especially if the 
dunes hold steady and are undisturbed.

Piping Plovers appear to be doing well with several enclosures hosting parents 
and chicks. Let’s hope we have a good season of survival rate.

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

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