MAY: TERNS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

TERNS ARE LIKE dainty, small, grace­ful ver­sions of gulls. They are mainly sum­mer birds in the UK, com­ing here to breed, on se­lected beaches or in­land sites in the case of Com­mon Tern. Some species, no­tably the Black Tern, are pas­sage birds, just pass­ing through on the way to or from the con­ti­nen­tal breed­ing grounds. All are lovely birds, but can be tough to iden­tify, es­pe­cially for the in­ex­pe­ri­enced. Most terns are largely seabirds, with a diet mainly com­pris­ing small fish. How­ever, the three species of marsh tern (Black, White-winged Black and Whiskered), also eat a lot of emerg­ing in­sects, as will other terns when the con­di­tions are right. Here are six tern species to iden­tify. Name them, then turn (ahem) the page for our ID anal­y­sis and fur­ther ID ad­vice for terns and more.

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