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Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

I took advantage of this sunny day to do some bird watching with Young Naturalist J since he is off from school this week. I told him that my target species was the Caspian Tern and after being on the road for about 15 minutes  . . . . we found this group of Caspian Tern (CHECK)! This was a year bird for both of us and YN-J had also capture a few other first of the year birds throughout the day!  He’s growing up everyone . . . I think soon that I will have to start calling him “Teen Naturalist J”!   I had a wonderful day with him leading me around to all the birding hotspots in his neck of the woods!   Cheers . . . we found the Caspian Terns!

Caspian Tern
Caspian Terns at the local Sand Bar!

Caspian Tern
Taking Flight

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern – Flying

Caspian Tern
Flying into the Sunset!

Tern SCAT
Tern Scat


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11 responses

  1. Their coloring is so appealing. The white is so white with the gray sides and black feet and head just set it off. I’m keeping my eyes open to see if I can spot one of these somewhere.

    14 April 2009 at 3:13 am

  2. Oh, aren’t they beautiful? :c)

    14 April 2009 at 6:57 am

  3. Sherri

    Sounds like you had a nice day. I love the Caspian’s – they’re so sleek and graceful!

    14 April 2009 at 9:45 am

  4. Beautiful photos. What a wonderful day with the young naturalist.

    14 April 2009 at 10:42 am

  5. How is that for a quick find! Only 15 minutes! We are headed to the Georgia salt marsh/shore next week and I hope I have such luck with the Painted Bunting. Now I am inspired to read up on my water birds. Gorgeous!

    14 April 2009 at 11:05 am

  6. Lisa at Greenbow

    Funny last picture. You have some great pictures here of one of my favorite terns. I love seeing them when they have young. They are good parents.

    14 April 2009 at 2:35 pm

  7. They’re quite pretty. The seem to have almost like a bit of a pseudo-crest, compared to most.

    14 April 2009 at 4:17 pm

  8. Marg

    What gorgeous shots of these terns-is that a record for finding your target bird? Hi J!

    14 April 2009 at 6:26 pm

  9. YNJ

    I can stick with YNJ for now (:

    14 April 2009 at 8:07 pm

  10. Beautiful!

    15 April 2009 at 10:06 pm

  11. I’d love add your Tern Scat photo to my blog dedicated to Caspian Terns. Actually a number of the photos are exceptional and I’d by keen to learn more about the specific location of the Caspians on Lake Eire as I do research on migration and diet. Thanks for the post and keep an eye out for Caspian Terns with color-banded legs. If you or any of your readers are interested I can share more about the network of naturalists curious about this species.

    Dr. David P. Craig, PhD
    Willamette University
    dpcraig willamette edu

    20 May 2009 at 12:39 pm

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