Sandwich Terns

Sandwich Terns

At the beach I came across an adult Sandwich Tern with its young. The young bird was trying very hard to get some food from their parent…

The young may remain with their parents for about 5 months after hatching. They can fly after about 1 month.

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The Sandwich Tern will eat mostly fish which they get by plunging headfirst into the water from flight.

Most often they are found with Royal Terns nearby, sometimes even nesting in mixed colonies with them.

They were named after the town Sandwich in England where they were first discovered. 

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I watched this pair for a bit, but I never did see the parent give the young tern any food. I think the parent was just trying to take a break on shore…

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

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