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LITTLE TERN - Sterna albifrons

 

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© Gary Thoburn

 

 

 

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, 8 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. This is the only authentic record within recent years for this side of the district. (Howard H. Davis). This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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