As soon as I opened the top of the carrier, one flew out, then another, then a third. The last two were confused and needed a little encouragement, but they all flew well and joined the other birds.
The youngsters are on the far left of the below photo , with the light heads. (Margie titled this photo Everybody is facing this way, so I will too!)
A reminder - many shorebirds are beach nesters. Watch where you step, and don't approach birds that look as though they may be nesting. Be mindful of posted signs that warn of bird nesting areas. Don't let children run into flocks of birds just to see them fly - birds need their rest, too. Birds such as these Least Terns are designated as Protected, so please do your part in protecting them. For more information on nesting shorebirds, visit http://www.myfwc.com/ (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission).
Thanks to Florida Wildlife Hospital for their work on behalf of our wildlife, and to Margie for her volunteer efforts and her photographic ability - taking photos and releasing birds simultaneously is quite a feat! Good thing our Florida birds know how to pose.