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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Common Terns

Hebrides bird sightings - Arctic Tern

Common Terns

Sterna hirundo

Gaelic: Steàran

 

Photography © Kim Park
19th July 2005
Western Isles (Outer Hebrides)

 

Our Tern photographs

Arctic tern
Arctic tern
Common tern
Arctic tern
juvenile

Arctic Tern

 

  • Common Tern
  • Sterna hirundo
  • Gaelic: Steàran
  • WI: Uncommon Migrant Breeder (10-99 breeding pairs)
  • Similar birds: Arctic Tern, Little Tern



The Common Tern has shorter tail streamers than wing tips, whereas the Arctic Tern has longer tail streamers than wing tips.

 

 

Common Tern records in the Western Isles

Uncommon Migrant Breeder (10-99 breeding pairs)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Common Tern is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Visit Kim's web site of her photography of the Western Isles
www.bigbigskies.co.uk

 

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