Monday, August 5, 2013

Final word on the UNO Least Terns

The nesting group of Least Terns atop Milneburg Hall at UNO, a new location this year, has now finished its activities.  Or so it appears, with no birds evident on my two visits last week.

Sadly, the two dozen or so nests produced only 2-3 young that made it off the building.   The reasons for the poor success are unclear, but predation is most likely.  I did not see any predators at the colony, but crows would be a prime suspect because of their presence in the area.

I hope they return next year and give it another try!


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