Category Archives: Black Skimmers


Black Skimmer, Long Beach


Lone Royal Tern in Long Beach


This Royal Tern was hanging out with 30 Black Skimmers.

Black Skimmers return to Long Beach



I first noticed the skimmers on Feb. 26, 2018.  Following two days off, they reappeared today, Mar. 1.  Their numbers, frequency and length of stay have diminished over the past few years so I was happy to see them reappear.  A group of 30 surrounded a lone Royal Tern on the sand between Redondo and Loma Avenues, just west of the pier.

Black Skimmer, Belmont Shore

Black Skimmer

I look forward to the annual return of scores of Black Skimmers to the beach in Belmont Shore. In 2009 I noted their arrival on Aug. 13.  They are usually found between the Belmont Pier and the Claremont boat launch.