Lagoon Restoration project:
A Chick is Born
Note: A follow-up visit of the nesting ground soon after the observation of the young chick was made, it had disappeared, probably killed by a hawk.
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Because of coastal urban development, the endangered California Least Tern and Western Snowy plover have lost most of their historic nesting grounds. A part of the San Dieguito Restoration project was to create nesting areas adjacent to coastal wetland ecosystems, yet inaccessible to terrestrial predators and people. The project created 4 nesting sites, two west of I-5 ( NS 11and12) and two east of I-5 (NS 13 and 14).
Dustin Fuller, the 22nd DAA Senior Environmental Planner, reports that after 4 years of efforts and the distribution of many decoys this year saw for the first time evidence of nesting on the sites.
Nesting Site 11 had two Least Tern eggs, both hatched (see picture) and were banded. There were three nests on NS 12. Two nests were abandoned and the third one was depredated by ravens.
The central part of the Restoration project. Click on picture to enlarge. The nesting areas are shown in white.