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Terns are seabirds in the family Laridae that are normally found near the sea, rivers, or wetlands, which means that many can be found on the Yorkshire Coast and at times might even get mistaken as a gull which are commonly seen throughout the area.

Common Terns are pale gray overall with a black cap. Breeding birds have a fully black cap that extends to the back of the neck and a gray belly. They also have an orange bill tipped in black and orange legs. Nonbreeding birds have a white forehead, a partial black cap, and black legs and bill.

  • Terns have a buoyant, graceful flight and frequently hover over water before plunging down for a fish.
  • A migrating bird, that heads south to spend their winter along the coasts of the tropics and the southern hemisphere.
  • They are often noisy in company and breed in colonies.

You can find out more about this species and the efforts taken to them later in the year as part of our Wildlife Watch Series.