The Roseate Tern is found in nesting colonies and along the coastal beaches in Buzzards Bay. Due an overall decline in population numbers over the years, it now enjoys protection at both the state and federal level as an endangered species. The Roseate Terns return to their local nesting colonies, with other terns, in early May. After the chicks hatch and fledge later in July, they continue to be fed by their parents, until they learn to fish for themselves. This Roseate Tern chick was recently seen waiting for food along Black Beach in West Falmouth.