Tern Sound Recordings Salem OR

Local resource for tern sound recordings in Salem, OR. 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.

New Hobby Sports Collectibles
(503) 364-4700
1722 Center St Ne
Salem, OR
 
R/C Plus Hobbies
(503) 364-9188
1685 25th Street SE
Salem, OR
 
Ultimate Hobbies
(503) 588-9884
982 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR

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PETCO
(503) 391-1828
628 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, OR
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: 9:00am-9:00pm

PetSmart
(503) 362-5325
2925 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Leisure Hobbies
(503) 588-9884
982 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR
 
Skysport
(503) 363-4345
4564 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR
 
Fire and Soul
(503) 390-3775
126 Chemawa Rd N
Keizer, OR

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PETCO
(503) 393-0698
6425 Keizer Station Boulevard NE
Keizer, OR
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: 9:00am-8:00pm

Advanced Aquarium
(503) 316-9974
120 17TH St NE
Salem, OR

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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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