A conspiracy of Black Skimmers was spotted - and photographed - last week in Cedar Key. The Black Skimmer is the only bird species in the United States that has a larger lower mandible than upper mandible, according to the National Audobon Society. Black Skimmers breed along Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Massachusetts and Long Island to Florida and Texas and spends winters north to southern California and Virginia; also in Central and South America. Preferred habitats include sandy or gravelly bars and beaches, shallow bays, estuaries and salt marsh pools.
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