Terns and Skimmers

Least Tern



Gull-billed Tern (in flight) - Santa Ana NWR, TX - April, 2013 and Salton Sea, CA - June, 2006


Caspian Tern - Wilderness State Park, Mackinac, Michigan - June, 2013

Caspian Tern (in flight) - Miller Beach, Indiana - August, 2006

Caspian Tern (1st cycle) - South Padre Island, Texas - April, 2013

Caspian Tern (juvenile) - Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana - July, 2017


Royal Tern (adult) - Boca Chica, TX - July, 2007 and Goleta State Park, CA - April, 2011

Royal Tern (adult in flight) - Outer Banks, North Carolina - May, 2017


Elegant Tern (breeding adult in flight) - Bolsa Chica Preserve, Orange County, California - April, 2011

Elegant Tern (nonbreeding) - Moss Landing, California - September, 2017

Elegant Tern (nonbreeding in flight) - Moss Landing, California - September, 2017

Elegant Tern (juvenile) - Moss Landing, California - September, 2017


Sandwich Tern (breeding) - Outer Banks, North Carolina - May, 2017 and South Padre Island, Texas - April, 2013

Sandwich Tern (non-breeding) - Boca Chica, Texas - July, 2007


Roseate Tern - Key West, Florida - April, 1996


Common Tern - Port of Indiana, Indiana - May, 2003

Common Tern (spring adult in flight) - Lake County, Indiana - May, 2015 and Outer Banks, North Carolina - May, 2017

Common Tern (fall adult in flight) - Miller Beach, Lake County, Indiana - September, 2008

Common Tern (1st summer) - Miller Beach, Lake County, Indiana - July, 2012

Common Tern (1st summer in flight) - Miller Beach, Lake County, Indiana - July, 2012

Common Tern (juvenile in flight) - Hitchcock Road Ponds, LaPorte County, Indiana - October, 2011


* Arctic Tern (breeding adult) - Anchorage and Nome, Alaska - May, 2016

Arctic Tern (juvenile) - Machias Seal Island, Maine - August, 1994

Arctic Tern (1st cycle in flight) - Three Oaks, Berrien County, Michigan - November, 2009


Forster's Tern (breeding and non-breeding adults) - Miller Beach, Indiana - August, 2003

Forster's Tern (1st winter in flight) - Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, Michigan - October, 2013


* Least Tern - Mullet Key, Florida - April, 2002

Least Tern (in flight) - Outer Banks, North Carolina - May, 2017


Aleutian Tern (breeding adult) - Nome, Alaska - June, 2016


Bridled Tern - Offshore of Key West, Florida - April, 1996


Sooty Tern - Dry Tortugas, Florida - April, 1996


Black Noddy - Dry Tortugas, Florida - April, 1996


Black Tern (adult breeding) - Houghton Flats, Houghton Lake, Michigan - June, 2013

Black Tern (juvenile) - Miller Beach, Lake County - August, 2011

Black Tern (juvenile in flight) - Miller Beach, Lake County - September, 2015


Black Skimmer - South Padre Island, Texas - April, 2013

* Black Skimmer (in flight) - Outer Banks, North Carolina - May, 2017 and Salton Sea, California - June, 2006


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