Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Terns are named after the town from which they were first described in 1987. They are found across much of Europe, the southeastern Atlantic coast and Gulf Coasts of the United States, and the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts of South America. Three races are recognized. Those found in Europe and North America are quite similar. South American birds have yellow bills and some ornithologists think that they are a distinct species—Cayenne Terns. North American birds were formerly known as Cabot’s Terns, but one does not see that name very often in modern literature.

This Sandwich Tern gazed upon Erika and me along the Sanibel Island, Florida, beach last March. We also listed this species on our previous trip to the area in 2012.

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