Common Tern

Passage migrant, formerly bred. Not recorded from November to March

Common and Arctic Terns – 2009

Passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February It is not always possible to separate Common from Arctic Terns in the field unless they are close and seen well. However, most observers still wish to record what they see and log these birds as either “Common or Arctic”, usually expressed as “Commic Terns”. The following […]

Common Tern – 1994

Passage migrant, formerly bred. Not recorded from November to March Sage (1956) concluded that the terns mentioned by Ray in 1662 as breeding at Caldey were “almost certainly Common Terns”. Mathew (1894) recorded a colony of about 20 pairs on Skokholm Stack which Lockley et al. (1949) believed had ceased to breed in 1916. Mathew reported the […]

Common and Arctic Tern – 1994

Passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February It is often difficult to separate Common from Arctic Terns, particularly at a distance, and consequently the majority of records received refer to ‘Comic’ Terns (Common or Arctic). The following summary is based on such records. There is a sparse spring passage of birds passing northwards between […]

Common Tern – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Common Tern – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew