Terns, the Swallows of the Sea.

I had a meeting on Saturday in Wells, so I headed to the beach to see if there was anything interesting there after the meeting ended. Some Common Terns were fishing very close by and I was able to grab a few photos.

The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) has a forked tail like a Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) and shares some of the same latin name.  To the casual observer the Tern may be mistaken for a Gull as these genus share a lot of the same coloration and field marks.  Terns however, won’t chase after your sandwich,although there is a species called the Sandwich Tern.  (Sterna pastramionryewithasmearofmustard)

Terns, similar to Osprey, hover over the water and dive in to catch their prey.  But while the Osprey dives in what appears to be a controlled crash, feet first, the tern dives in like an arrow.

While in Wells I also observed a Least Tern, which is an endangered species in Maine.   have some photos of them in other spots on this blog.  I also observed a Bonaparte’s Gull, which I will feature in my next post.  Enjoy!

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