National Geographic : 1947 Feb
Blizzard of Birds: The Tortugas Terns 227 U. S. Navy-National Park Service Noddy Terns, Nest Architects, Give Building Materials A-1 Priority; They Hoard Sticks If chance allows, they loot twigs from neighbors' homes. Toss up a handful of sticks and all the noddies in sight will battle for them in mid-air. Polite birds, they nod and bow and scrape to one another. They love to perch on stakes and buoys. Once in a while one roosts on the head of a swimming pelican. To Make Her Nest, Mrs. Sooty Tern Merely Scratches a Hollow in the Sand Others brood on the flat earth (observe the four neighbors' unattended eggs). Normally shy of man, the sooty undergoes a psychic change once her egg is laid. She defends it with tricks and bold maneuvers.