|Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)|
So, here are the facts:
- They Summer all over the UK apart from South-West England, Central England, South West Wales, Central Ireland and Central & Southern Scotland.
- They are an Amber Status bird with 12,000 breeding pairs in the UK. They are an Amber Status bird as they have a localised breeding population.
- They are most common on Estuaries but they are also found on Shore, Lakes, Ponds, Rivers and, least commonly, streams.
- They have a huge typical lifespan of 12 years while the oldest was a huge 33 years and 6 days old!
- They have a number of common names. 'Sea Swallow' and 'Darr' as well as 'Tirrick' are some of them.
- Their Latin name Sterna hirundo translates as the Swallow Tern.
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- It's a lovely bird to watch flying and hovering looking for fish before they dive to catch one. Fish is their main diet but sometimes they eat crustaceans.
- They have an interesting ring size which is C2. By the way I hope to be going ringing again in July so expect a post on that in a while.
- They 33cm long with a 88cm wingspan. Both Male and Female birds weigh, on average, 130 grams.
- Their wingspan is basically the only way to tell apart the Sandwich Tern, this Tern and Arctic Tern. The Sandwich Tern has a wingspan of 1 metre while this one has an 88cm span and finally the Arctic has a 80cm wing length.
Here are some links to some more information:
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