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Still, [greater than]92% of all chases were directed toward terns, and jaegers strongly select terns over other larid species as their main host at the Portneuf sandbar (Belisle and Giroux 1995).
74) was based on observations by numerous researchers that a high proportion of active nests relative to total nest structures and a mean clutch size approaching three eggs indicate good nutrition for Larid gulls and are typical of growing gull populations.
Most Larid gulls lay two or three eggs per nest, and resource abundance may be indicated by clutch size, egg size, and in particular the size of the third egg in the clutch (Kadlec and Drury, 1968; Murphy et al., 1984; Pierotti and Bellrose, 1986; Hiom et al., 1991; Pons and Migot, 1995; Kilpi et al., 1996; Oro et al., 1996).