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Medium sized sea bird with black and white body and red and black beak. Young have speckled back with white chest.
Mostly found around sandy beaches
A protected area on Pensacola Beach Florida were full of nesting adults and baby black skimmers (early July).Even though I was several yards away from the nesting site, the adults were very protective of their babies and would fly at me in groups trying to scare me away. I also met a volunteer who helps protect the wildlife at the beach, and explained that Florida has them listed as a 'concerned species' with less and less habitat in the United States for breeding/nesting.