Our fairy terns last week laid the first eggs! 2 at Mangawhai and 1 at Papakanui. Both nests would have been swept away by high tides during an approaching storm so DOC Rangers moved them to Auckland Zoo. Dummy eggs were put in their place, but both nests were abandoned.
An aviary is being built where chicks hatched at the zoo during the season can be cared for in an attempt to increase the numbers of our precious birds.