For my mate
An endangered Adult Least Tern male is offering a fish to a female Least Tern. If she accepts, they will mate (which they did) and have a clutch. This was "Tommy" courting "Tilly" back in 2010. They nested outside of the roped off area that the DEC placed for them and the Piping Plovers. They had a clutch of 2, one survived (Tipi) and adopted two others (Sweetpea and Tank). All three thrived and fledged and migrated.
This was the last year that I have seen Least Terns at this particular beach have successful clutches. Let's pray this year they have a fighting chance.
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