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Caspian Terns Migrating

Caspian Terns are the largest terns in the world, with a wingspan of up to nearly five feet.  It’s hard to miss their large orange bill, but you’re not likely to see one in most of New England except during migration. (One exception is the Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont.)  A few weeks after fledging, juvenile and adult terns gather at feeding sites near breeding areas and migrate south in stages.  They sometimes migrate individually and sometimes in families or larger groups. The last of the migrants are passing overhead in the next few weeks, heading for overwintering sites along the Atlantic and Gulf coastlines.

(Photo: The Caspian Tern flies over the water with its bill pointing down, looking for fish. When it locates its prey, it plunges into the water to capture it, sometimes submersing its entire body.)

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4 responses

  1. Alice

    Living close to Lake Champlain, you get to see them! A pretty & streamlined looking bird.

    September 14, 2020 at 8:06 am

  2. Evergreen Erb

    They also are at Shelburne Pond. I remember when they were rare and now they are quite common. It’s so fun to watch them plummet to the water when hunting for fish.

    September 14, 2020 at 9:42 am

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    September 14, 2020 at 11:00 am

    • Hi Lanning,
      Thank you so much for your generosity. I am so sorry you are having trouble with the donate button. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow me to have access to any of that end of things. I will try to report it, but it’s nearly impossible to have direct communication with them. If you would like to, you can send a check made out to me to 505 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482. I appreciate your readership, regardless!

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