Royal terns

In order to avoid predators, terns congregate on islands offshore for raising their chicks. The chicks hatch from eggs laid on the ground. Sometimes the adults dig a little scrape in order to protect the eggs, but not always. One danger for tern eggs is a strong tide than may wash them away.

Irene Amiet

The Royal Tern is one of our more common local sea-birds, distinguishable by its bright orange bill and black head-cap. Texas is the most southern area of the tern's breeding grounds. June is when their chicks hatch. In the winter, the tern migrates as far as Argentina in order to find warmth.

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