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A Least Tern is Feeding its' Chick a mummichog, a small fish common in New England bays and creeks. The Terns partner sits in the background nearby. The nest is nonexistent among the beach stones and sand. Terns are graceful and nimble flyers which typically hover and plunge after fish. They will dive on people when they get too close to the nest. Little terns are only around 9" long at maturity. Both female and male incubate the eggs and feed the young.
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Least Tern Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) Little Tern feeding chick mummichog small fish New England beach stones sand Laridae sea bird Aequorlitornithes waterbird fledgling minnow partner pair rocky upper beach Westport Massachusetts USA subfamily Sterninae swim hover Plunge omnivore June-July migratory
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