BLACK TERN

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Many birds are look­ing par­tic­u­larly good now. This ap­plies to the lovely Black Tern, a pas­sage bird in the UK. They are ‘marsh terns’, at home feed­ing over fresh­wa­ter (or seen on the coast). The flight is buoy­ant and they feed by grace­ful dips to pick in­ver­te­brate food from the wa­ter sur­face. In breed­ing plumage, they are black-bod­ied (white un­der­tail) with grey wings, back and tail. A flock of Black Terns drop­ping in to feed over a gravel pit or small lake is an in­land patch-watcher’s small slice of May heaven.

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