The tern show was great, noisy begging juveniles were being tended to by adults, we saw a dozen or so Roseate Terns but missed a previously reported Royal Tern despite a good effort scanning over the course of the day.
A young (right) Common Tern begging as its parent looks on.
Another young Common Tern "begs on" as the adult "stares blankly" out to sea.
Another young C. Tern
digi-bin flight shots of another juv. C. Tern
An adult Roseate Tern, note the leg bands, each Roseate seen close enough was banded.
The water and nearby islands had large numbers of the common gull species (Herring and Great Black-backed and fewed Ringed-billed Gulls). Hundreds of Common Eider were also present, one female eider had a single newly hatched chick in tow, most other young were near adult in size. The were a few dozen Black Guillemots in breeding plumage, some of which could be seen flying to burroughs on an island well off shore, where they likely nest.
Thom and Sue have had some nice numbers of shorebird at this location in past years, but that "peak" has yet to be reached. However, we did see a few hundred each of Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers along with a few Ruddy Turnstones, Short-billed Dowitches, Sanderlings and Black-bellied Plovers.
The mid-coast Maine water was fairly comfortable and we enjoyed some good swimming too.