Terns on the Move

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Subject: Terns on the Move
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 08:12:38 +1000
The first Little Terns (only around 20) of the season were seen at
Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, yesterday.  All in
non-breeding plumage.

Last week (13/10) the first Common Terns of the season arrived, 3
individuals. Yesterday the flock was around 400-500 before mixed
flocks of terns arrived in hundreds at day's end to roost on the
intertidal sandbanks. I think most of these would also have been
Commons. One Common Tern was still in breeding plumage.

No leg flags or bands were seen, despite careful searching of the
flock. There was also a Shearwater floating around in the calm water.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'    152º 56'

Ph (07) 5494 0994

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