ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Beckoning sounds at a South Texas park could entice some feathered guests to move to a safer spot away from vehicles.
Experts say black skimmers have laid claim to a sandy patch in a Rockport Beach Park traffic circle.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/11VmHZz ) reported Thursday that a recording of a black skimmer mating call will be played on a loop. The goal is to lure the birds to a safer nesting spot a few yards away.
Owen Fitzsimmons with the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program says the effort is meant to improve the situation without harassing the skimmers. Nesting is expected to start in a few weeks.
In mid-2010 someone moved barricades protecting the Rockport Beach Park skimmers and drove through the colony — killing several dozen chicks.
Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com