Tern Sound Recordings Killeen TX

Local resource for tern sound recordings in Killeen, TX. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to tern sound recordings, tern song recordings, and tern bird houses, as well as advice and content on attracting terns, tern feeders, tern types, and tern descriptions.

The Hobby Center
(254) 690-7311
4104 Stan Schlueter Loop #3
Killeen, TX
 
PETCO
(254) 953-8231
201 East Central Texas Expressway
Harker Heights, TX
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Precious Paws Pet Cremations & Burials
(254) 239-4342
607 Mustang Trail
Harker Heights, TX
Hours
24/7

PAWS IN PARADISE PET CREMATORY
(254) 681-7297
1050 OLD FM 440
KILLEEN, TX
 
Avians Bird Barn
(254) 200-0096
1522 Florence Rd
Killeen, TX
 
Hobby Center of Killeen
(254) 690-7311
4104 East Stan Schlueter Loop #1 Post Office Box 849
Killeen, TX
 
PetSmart
(254) 634-1664
2500 E Central Texas Expy
Killeen, TX
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Aztec Pet Hospital
(254) 699-6725
104 W Fm 2410 Rd
Killeen, TX
 
Misty Wind's All Breed Grooming
(254) 526-3135
121 N 2nd St
Killeen, TX
 
Aqua Pets & Birds
(254) 526-8700
819 W Hallmark Ave
Killeen, TX
 

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Photo by Jim McCormac.

Listen to a Caspian tern.

What to Look and Listen For

The gull-sized Caspian tern is no wallflower, and as befits its character, the bird is not shy about shouting out to the world. Around water bodies, listen for a harsh croaking yip a bit reminiscent of an upset terrier, sometimes stretched to a longer, drawn-out jee-arrrr!. Melodic these are not. The carrying power of Caspian tern calls is impressive, and you'll often hear the bird before you see it. Look in the direction of the raucous calls, and before long you'll see a bird with somewhat labored rowing strokes, looking every bit the match of a ring-billed gull in the size department. The black cap and downward-pointing, large red bill will soon become obvious.

When and Where to Look

Given how widely distributed and common Caspian terns are in North America, you generally don't have to go far to see them. Many breeding colonies are well known, and if you visit one that is viewable, you'll be assured hours of fascinating tern-watching. Migrants can turn up anywhere, especially east of the Mississippi River, and can be expected along any large river or lake. Harbors and shorelines along the Great Lakes are especially good places to find migrants.

The migratory peaks across much of North America tend to be April and May, and August and September. Many southbound adults are closely attended by juveniles, which are evident by their scalloped brownish back.

Caspian terns are common in winter along southern U.S. coasts, and it is an educational experience to see them loafing in mixed flocks with other tern species. Florida, Texas, and southern California offer wintertime birders plenty of Caspians.

Feeding Behavior

Watching Caspian terns feed is always entertaining. Like black-and-white avian kamikazes, they barrel into the water from as high as 90 feet, but usually from much lower. Hunting terns tend to trace languid circles, carefully...

Author: Bird Watcher's Digest

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