Arnie has a chick!
Arnie began nesting in early May, but his first nest was lost to gull predation. Undaunted, Arnie and his unbanded mate tried again in the same territory, and though one of that nest’s two eggs was again lost, also probably to gulls, the last egg survived, and on today’s nest check a tiny brindle chick had hatched out. Though it had rained heavily the night before, Arnie and his mate had kept it warm and dry, and it was sitting up, probably hoping for its parents to bring its next meal. The parents were pacing at the shoreline, and nestlings need a lot of attention from the adults, so we didn’t linger long, but it’s always a treat to find a new chick.
If all goes well, the next month or so will see the little guy or gal grow into a gangly fledgling, and the proud parents’ hard work will have paid off.