Tern Sound Recordings Salt Lake City UT

Local resource for tern sound recordings in Salt Lake City, UT. 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.

Hammond Hobbies & Toys
(801) 531-6074
Crossroads Mall 50 S. Main Street Lower Level
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Great Escape Hobbies
(801) 966-7785
1773 West 4160 South
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Hammond Hobbies & Toys
(801) 278-0157
Cottonwood Mall 4835 Highland Drive 2nd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Some Dude's Hobby Shop
(801) 233-6565
7664 S. Redwood Rd.
West Jordan, UT
 
Hammond Hobbies & Toys
(801) 295-5351
5 Points Mall
Bountiful, UT
 
The Train Shoppe
(801) 322-2729
470 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Douglas Models
(801) 487-7752
2065 East 33rd South Street
Salt Lake City, UT
 
West Valley Hobbies
(801) 964-1700
1765 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Mac's #102
(801) 566-9009
7046 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT
 
Mac's #101
(801) 298-7999
2135 South Orchard Drive
Bountiful, UT
 

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

Copyright2010 Bird Watcher's Digest

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