Colonial Nesting Birds Native to Delmarva
Here on are Delmarva we are surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife.
But some of this wildlife is in rapid decline, so if we want to keep enjoying the nature around us we need to take care of it.
The local colonial bird numbers are declining. These birds nest on small coastal islands around our shores.
The back skimmer is a unique bird with a large black and orange bill and they are often found in small groups skimming the water for small fish. The royal tern looks similar to a gull, but with a large orange bill and sadly these birds have declined over 80% in the last couple decades.
This loss is related to the disturbances on and around theses islands from boats and people coming to the islands. The disturbance causes the birds to fly away leaving their eggs unattended, while the parents are away, the eggs are either eaten by predators or they bake in the sun.
Dave Wilson from Audubon Maryland-DC‘s “Important Bird Area Program” says the best way to protect theses birds is by staying away from the islands from April 1 through mid August or even September to allow these birds to do their thing.