Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
Species
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea). Taken on Inner Farne, Northumberland on June 4th 2008. Click the image for a larger version.
Taken on Inner Farne, Northumberland on June 4th 2008. Click the image for a larger version.
(1/400th sec at f10 . © David Hastings)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea). Taken on Inner Farne, Northumberland on June 4th 2008. Click the image for a larger version.
Taken on Inner Farne, Northumberland on June 4th 2008. Click the image for a larger version.
(1/250th sec at f11. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 33 - 39 cm; WS: 66 - 77 cm

Like the Common Tern, the Arctic Tern is also known as the 'sea swallow'. It differs from the Common Tern in having an all-red beak and longer tail streamers.

It is a largely coastal bird found mainly in the north and west of Britain, although it can be seen inland on migration.

It breeds on the coast, on islands in sea-bays, and on tundra near water.

Arctic Terns are the ultimate long distance migrants - summer visitors to the UK and winter visitors to the Antarctic.

This species has amber status on the UK list. Around 53000 pairs breed here.

Sightings

07-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)

24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2juv)

01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)

19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)