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Monday, June 6, 2016

When is it our Tern ?

         My last local Tern sighting over Ogden 12/08/2012
  Iffy photos of  Common Tern in the best conditions to see them,
 fog and heavy drizzle
             Soon seen off by gulls


Whatever has happened to Tern movement over our area. Terns were once a common spring and autumn sighting with double figures being reported regular but over the last few years sightings have been few and far between.
Even Elland gravel pits, which was the last local hot spot for them , seems to have lost the birds which could be seen regular over the ski lake and canal.
My last local birds were 2 over Ogden 12/08/2012 heading north early evening in the fog and rain.
The 2 previous to that were 1 Common and 1 Arctic Tern brought down onto the shoreline at Ogden, again on an atrocious foggy wet evening just before dark 13/09/2010.
This was such a rare occurrence for our area that several birders braved the elements to see them.
                                                         With just a couple of Tern sightings locally this spring it looks like we,ve missed out again but hopefully in the autumn our Tern will come!
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice post Bri. Black Terns used to be a good one as well as Common/Arctic's. Shame about the gravel pits - it's not easy to check since it has all been screened with trees. I think quite a few birds were picked out from the lay-by when passing but that's impossible now so I guess some are missed.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Dave although they were regular up and down the canal.
I used to visit Fairburn annually for Black Tern but never had a local.