LITTLE TERN

Sterna albifrons - c.250

 

 

Gary Thoburn

 

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2019
APRIL: One up-river from Severn Beach on the 23rd. JUNE: One was seen in flight down river from New Passage on the 5th.
 

2017
One was watched for twenty minutes in the bay at Shepperdine on May 30th.
 

2016
At least one flew past New Passage in the evening on May 10th; Two were seen from Severn Beach in the morning on May 11th; One from Severn Beach on the 13th; One was watched from Severn Beach heading down river at 07:00 on August 3rd.
 

2015
One was reported from Oldbury Power Station on May 5th; At least two were seen from Severn Beach on May 6th; One was seen fishing and roosting from New Passage on May 11th.
 

2014
A presumed adult off Severn Beach at 09:00 and at New Passage at 09:05 with the same or another at Severn Beach at 11:15 on May 6th; One north-east past Severn Beach early morning on May 11th.
 

2013
An adult at New Passage at 16:15 on April 18th; One probably this species at Oldbury Power Station on April 30th; Two from Severn Beach around 08:25 on May 10th.
 

2012
One up river past Oldbury Power Station at 18:20 on May 1st; One off Severn Beach on June 8th; A juvenile on Northwick Warth on July 8th; A juvenile at New Passage on July 22nd.
 

2011
One off New Passage on May 2nd; One off Severn Beach on May 4th. An unconfirmed report of thirty (30) off Severn Beach also on May 4th; One off Severn Beach on May 22nd; A juvenile off Severn Beach on September 5th - 6th.
 

2010
A juvenile on the Tidal Reservoir at Oldbury Power Station for 10 minutes on September 12th.
 

2009
One off Severn Beach in the evening on June 17th; Two off New Passage in the morning on September 8th.
 

2008
One down river at 09:35 from Severn Beach on April 24th; One at Severn Beach on May 7th - 8th; Two at Severn Beach on May 26th, one north-east past the Second Severn Crossing at 11:10 and a grounded bird on the beach at 11:50; An adult at Severn Beach in the evening on June 18th; Two down river at Oldbury Power Station at 08:00 on August 20th.
 

2007
Two off Severn Beach on May 1st; One on July 1st also at Severn Beach.
 

2006
Six on May 4th at Severn Beach; One at New Passage on May 29th.
 

2005
One at Severn Beach on May 12th.
 

2004
On Severnside, two on April 29th, one on May 4th and two on May 16th.
 

2003
From Severnside in April; One on the 16th, two on the 18th and three on the 28th; One at Oldbury Power Station on May 9th.
 

2002
Singles from Severnside on April 30th and May 1st.
 

2001
Two off Severn Beach on April 22nd; Two from Northwick Warth on April 23rd; One off Severn Beach on April 29th; One heading north-east at Severn Beach on May 13th.
 

2000
One off Severn Beach on May 10th.
 

1999
One at Severn Beach on April 23rd; One off New Passage on May 28th.
 

1998
Two heading north-east off Severn Beach on May 9th.
 

1997
Three at Severn Beach on May 2nd two lingering into May 3rd.
 

1996
A juvenile at Severn Beach on October 28th.
 

1995
One from Severn Beach on April 28th.
 

1994
One on Severnside on April 23rd; Three heading south-west on Severnside on August 7th; An adult at Oldbury Power Station on September 4th.
 

1993
An adult and four juveniles at Severn Beach on August 17th.
 

1992
Thirteen from Aust on September 11th.
 

1991
All reports for this year come from New Passage: Three on April 20th and singles on May 2nd, May 16th and June 1st.
 

1990
All reports from Severnside in May: A remarkable passage of birds moving upstream with 34 on the 1st, 28 on the 2nd, eight on the 3rd, singles on the 4th and 5th and two on the 9th.
 

1989
Two heading north-east at New Passage on May 21st.
 

1988
New Passage: An adult on July 25th; Juvenile's on September 24th, 28th and October 8th. 1986 One from Aust on May 11th.
 

1985
One heading south-west at New Passage on August 10th; A 1st winter off Aust on October 10th.
 

1984
One at New Passage on April 22nd; Two at New Passage on April 29th with four at Aust on the same day; An immature Severn Beach on September 4th; One at Northwick Warth on September 30th.
 

1983
Two at New Passage on May 17th; One at New Passage on June 12th; Twenty during gales at New Passage on September 3rd; One at Oldbury Power Station on September 10th.
 

1982
Singles on Severnside on August 13th and September 27th.
 

1980
One flying north-east off Severn Beach on June 14th.
 

1979
One at Northwick Warth on May 19th; Two at Severn Beach on August 25th.
 

1978
One at Severn Beach on April 27th; One at Severn Beach on May 8th; One at New Passage on May 1st - 2nd.
 

1977
One in the Severn Beach area on April 27th; One at Severn Beach on August 25th.
 

1976
One at Aust on September 26th - 27th; An immature at New Passage on October 10th and another on October 16th.
 

1954
One on Estuary at Shepperdine on May 9th.
 

1945
Two were identified at close range on the shingle at Severn Beach on May 9th. The yellow bill and leg coloration, and other distinguishing characters, were clearly seen.