Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Least Tern pics from UNO rooftop colony today

Missy Bowen took some pics of the Least Tern action atop Milneburg Hall at the University of New Orleans today.  Notice the small downy chick in the upper right corner of the top photo.  They tend to hang out next to metal fixtures on the rooftop to benefit from the small amount of shade they throw (although it was cloudy today).

The sitting bird in the bottom photo is not a young of this year, despite the slight fading of the crown and traces of dark mottling on the wing- though juveniles will attain adult size by mid or late summer, they will be much different from an adult, with extensive brown wash above, barring on upperparts, etc.

Thanks Missy!


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