2017 July Bird Steward Update

Hello all!

Thank you for your continued support of black skimmer nesting! We are having tremendous success at each of the 4 colonies and we couldn't do it without you all! Several of our regular volunteers are on vacation this weekend so I really need some fresh blood to help out! If you've been thinking about going out and haven't yet, this is a great weekend to start! Each location needs help still, so use this link to see where you can help out: https://teamup.com/ksm9qr1fagpv95uqf9.

After completing a shift, please use this link to tell us about how it went! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVbNjKvaCcMYya-PYLPCvc-seAckd364oVYc5pAgm8ot12ew/viewform

Please remember to look for banded chicks and adults while you are stewarding. We have already done banding projects at Indian Shores and Sand Key and the St Pete Beach colony is next on the list. Even if you see the same banded birds repeatedly, please still email myself or Beth Forys (forysea@eckerd.edu) to share your find with us!

Now for the fun stuff-photos and updates!

SPB: This morning there were 443 adult BLSK, 57 downy chicks, and 202 feathered chicks and they were spread all over the beach! We also had 16 adult and 7 fledged royal terns and 26 adult and 11 sandwich terns with the skimmers! A04 has joined the group as well, but did not seem to have chicks. This is the busiest beach area and we need at least 2 people here per shift on weekends, if not more! The birds are doing well defending themselves, but they can't educate beachgoers so they need our help!

IS: We have 284 adult BLSK and about 150 chicks here, as well as 21 adult sandwich terns and 1 fledge, and 33 adult royal terns and 2 fledges. Several pair seem to still be on eggs and we do have some very young black skimmer chicks here as well! There are 16 banded chicks in this colony, they are numbered as follows: A99, B02, B04, B05, B06, B07, B08, B09, B10, B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B17, B19. Please report on any of these chicks you may see! A16, A75 (has been at SPB all season), and A90 were all present today as well! Stewards at this site MUST display their parking pass (attached) and we can have no more than 3 cars parked at La Concha at a time. Vehicles not displaying the parking pass risk being towed.

Sand Key: 450 adults, 116 feathered chicks, 31 downy chicks, and 74 nests here! There are banded chicks at this site as well, they are as follows: A98, B16, B18, B20, B21, B22, B23, B24, B25, B26, B27, B28, B29, B30, B32.

Clearwater Point: This location is getting busy! There were the usual skimmers present-71 adults, 22 feathered chicks, 3 downy chicks. This is also a staging area for migratory birds and there were red knots, oystercatchers, marbled godwits, least terns, whimbrel, Royal terns, etc. This is a perfect spot for somebody who wants to see lots of birds and steward too!

Please let me know if you have any questions via email.

Thank you!

Monica Craig

Audubon Florida

Header Photo: L. Witt-Packard