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Common Tern

Posted on May 27, 2016

Here is a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) photographed recently while resting on a rock at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for us in the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds as it marks the unofficial beginning of the summer beach season. This is a critical time for our beach nesting birds with Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers having both hatchlings and nests throughout the state while the Least and Common Terns begin to create colonies and lay eggs as well. It seems 2016 will be a mostly warmer than usual Memorial Day weekend with a lot of people heading to the beach, and we will be hard at work educating the public on why these birds are important and how we can all share the shore with our wildlife.

Common Tern Noble Proctor BioBlitz-3635