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Common Tern

Sterna hirundo


A graceful, black-and-white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans. Medium-sized, white with black cap. Tail is long and deeply forked. Wings white with dark tips.


Nests on islands, marshes, and sometimes beaches of lakes and ocean.

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Thank you New Yorker!

Evergreen 5 years ago


Hampton Bays, New York, USA

Lat: 40.86, Long: -72.52

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 23, 2012

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