Monday, October 7, 2019

Caspian Tern


In their account of the Caspian Tern in The Birds of North America, Cuthbert and Wires (1999), aside from bill and prey cleaning, make almost no mention of this species’ bathing. On 2 September 2019, I photographed this Caspian tern as it bathed in western Olympia. The bird splashed water over its feathers in an area where a storm sewer drains fresh water into Puget Sound. The tidal flats are a hangout for various gulls.

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