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Arctic Tern

xeniaxenia Posts: 1,165 Officer
Went with some friends chasing birds Saturday in the Gulfstream.  Had decent results, including this 1st cycle Arctic Tern which is the first I see in this plumage.  This one hatched last summer.  All the others I've seen have been adults.  This species breeds in the Arctic and winters in the Antarctic.  I best chance of seeing them is spring as they migrate north.  We also saw Audubon's Shearwater, Bridled Tern, Sooty Tern, Brown Booby, Northern Gannet, and three species of Storm-Petrels.

Here is an adult specimen for comparison.


  • Jstubby2Jstubby2 Lat -90 Long +90 👍Posts: 868 Officer
    Glad to see you back out & around. Thanks for posting, it's amazing the distances these birds cover in a year. Even the tiny humming birds migrate to S America across the gulf of Mexico & back each year, that is remarkable. 
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,165 Officer
    edited June 2021 #3
    Thanks, glad to get back out after all my obstacles.  I hope to find something good out there.  There was a Wedge-tailed Shearwater photographed off N.C. a couple weeks ago, a first for the Atlantic Ocean, and a Yellow-nosed Albatross was spotted just off Ormond Beach on Monday. 
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