LBI Juvenile Least Tern begging for food After an incubation period of 20-25 days….


Juvenile Least Tern begging for food

After an incubation period of 20-25 days. Newly hatched chicks will leave the nest a few days after hatching, then will find places to hide nearby such as seashells, driftwood, rocks and dune grasses as they explode. Both parents diligently feed their young very frequently. The chicks usually start attempting their first flight about 19-20 days after hatching; although the young may remain with the parents for another 2-3 months.

Cool fact – The oldest recorded Least Tern was at least 24 years, 1 month old when it was found in New Jersey in 1981. It had been banded in 1957 in Massachusetts.

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  1. calebg.hoover

    really nice!

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