Tern Sound Recordings London KY

Local resource for tern sound recordings in London, KY. 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.

Audio Adrenaline
(606) 864-2227
524 West Laurel Road
London, KY
 
Xtreme Sportz Gear
(606) 526-9592
8636 S US Hwy 25
Corbin, KY
 
Laurel Landscaping
(606) 528-3186
2200 Level Green Rd
Corbin, KY
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Hobby Station
(270) 737-2000
300 Sycamore St
Elizabethtown, KY
 
Buck's Auto Parts
(606) 843-7441
2593 Highway 490
East Bernstadt, KY
 
Buck's Auto Parts
(606) 843-7441
2593 Highway 490
East Bernstadt, KY
 
Leisure Time Hobbies
(606) 258-9933
3475 Cumberland Falls Hwy
Corbin, KY

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Pine View Farm
(606) 598-5326
174 Highway 1524
Manchester, KY

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Jackson Purchase Hobbies
(270) 345-2123
10407 Brewers Highway
Mayfield, KY
 
Golf Land USA, Inc
(270) 683-4693
1864 Old Calhoun Road
Owensboro, KY
 
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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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