Five tern species holiday at “The Haven”

Over the past week, we have been monitoring the numbers of terns “holidaying” at Baltray. At low tide when the sand is exposed, the terns are spread out across the beach in small groups, along the water’s edge. The rising tide causes the terns to...

Visiting “Teenagers” at Baltray

It was a sunny afternoon on the beach yesterday, and despite the large numbers of visitors in the sand dunes there was no one on the beach. This gave me an opportunity to watch the terns undisturbed. As the tide dropped about half of the birds were very busy washing...

Visitors from Wicklow with intent

Over the past two days, a groups of Little Terns (up to 50 individuals) have been observed close to the Baltray colony. At least two adult adults (presumably males) were parading about with fish in bills and slightly raised wings, looking for a suitable female to...