By the time this column is published, least terns on our beach will have flown southward on their annual, autumnal migration, the first of our shorebirds to do so. They will winter on the beaches of Central America or those of northern South America. Since early April, we have enjoyed their noble presence here. Now they are winging their way in large flocks, responding to an age-old, inherited urge to move south in winter. Among them are very young terns hatched only weeks ago.
Diary, summer 2016
From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher,
email: email@example.com. Collections of Mr. Thatcher’s observations are available from Quail Ridge Press, www.quailridge.com or 800-343-1583.