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Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

A small gull-like migratory seabird nesting along the river around Montreal. Commonly seen along river and lakes flying over the surface looking for fishes which then are catched with a dive into the water.

Common Names

  • Common Tern (en)
  • Charrán común (es)
  • Sterne pierregarin (fr)
  • Fluss-Seeschwalbe (de)

Taxonomy

  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Sterna hirundo

Where & When to Spot

Late spring till mid autumn along the river and in parks with ponds near the river.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 1 3 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

The bird is grey on the back and upper side of the wings, white of the belly and lower side of the wings, has a black cap and red-orange beak transitioning to black towards the end. Very similar to the larger Caspian Tern which is less frequent than Common Tern. Different to the Caspian Tern, the Common Tern's beak ends in Black.

Photos

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-06-08

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/2500; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park de la Frayère, Boucherville - 2017-05-27

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-06-26

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 360;

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-06-26

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Flying by Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-06-26

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2015-07-11

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;

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