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

Sterna hirundo hirundo In Mathew’s time there was still a small colony on Skokholm Stack, and it was also a common migrant in spring and autumn.  It is believed that it ceased to breed Skokholm in 1916.  Now by no means common even on passage, when it is chiefly seen in September and October. R.M.Lockley, […]

Common Tern – 1894

Sterna fluvialis – A common migrant off the coast in spring and autumn. We learn from the boatmen that there is a small colony of Common Terns on Skokholm Stack. In the spring of 1884, we were told that about twenty pairs might be counted there. Some Common Terns were seen on the Tuskar Rock on May 24th, 1883; and others […]

Common Tern

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