Long-Awaited Re-tern

Common Terns have finally made their long-awaited ‘re-tern’ (oh dear!) today.  35 Terns have been seen flying around and settling on the raft, but only after dive bombing and chasing off the two Carrion Crows that have made the raft their home in the past few months.

In past years Common Tern numbers have risen earlier than we have seen this year, with over 100 individuals taking up residence on the raft by the 20th of May in 2012.  Although we are a few weeks behind this year, this is in line with trends seen in other migratory bird species and the chances are we will see a sharp rise in number over the coming weeks.

 

Common Tern (c) Darin Smith Scottish Wildlife Trust
Common Tern (c) Darin Smith Scottish Wildlife Trust

 

Craig Shepherd,

Visitor Centre Assistant Manager.

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Common Terns have finally made their long-awaited ‘re-tern’ (oh dear!) today.  35 Terns have been seen flying around and settling on the raft, but only after dive bombing and chasing off the …

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