Wake supports 12 species of resident nesting seabirds and 6 species of migratory shorebirds.
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A female white tern lays her single egg - usually on a bare branch. As soon as the egg hatches, the tern chick clings tightly to the branch. Good thing it has strong feet and claws, right out of the shell! Mom or dad stays close for the first day or two, but soon, both are off on frequent fishing trips.