There are a number of birds nesting on the airfield. One, not far from our office is the long-tailed jaeger.
They’ll defend their nest with reckless abandon, dive bombing other birds or animals approaching their area of concern. I tried to get a photo of their nest, as they weren’t around. They must have a sixth sense, as they appeared & started dive bombing me before I was at their nest. I was swatted on the back of the head by one of them.
Once they had spotted me, the battle was on, but I lost in short order. I beat a hasty retreat before they hit me with their arsenal.
They winter off the coasts of the southern US and northern South America, and usually stay at sea, rarely found inland. While here in Alert, their diet consists mainly of lemmings, which are cute golf-ball shaped mice of the north. They are everywhere! I’ll try to get a photo or two of them and add it on here later.