So many of my new bird discoveries seem to happen when I am searching for something else.
About two weeks back, I was scanning the beach for the Piping Plover chicks down at Red River Beach.
Stretching my legs after a long squat, I noticed up the shore a small group of terns had come in for a landing.
Our smallest terns, the Leasts measure only about 8 or 9 inches and have yellow bills and legs as compared to the Common Terns that measure 12-15 inches and have red bills and legs (and differently shaped black face masks).
But I had never seen one up close before.
One pair that was nearest to me, didn’t seem to mind me staring.
This pair was engaged in the loveliest series of movements that I could only describe as a “dance”.
But also appeared to be attracting a crowd… 😉
Was it something I said?
And this time, with a delicious sushi picnic!
Now the terns have joined the mix.