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Common Tern — Description

Graceful in flight, slimmer and more streamlined than gulls, Common Terns are gregarious and colonial like their gull cousins and often associated with them. They may be seen patrolling Great Lakes shorelines in the spring and fall, plunging from the air into water to catch small fish. Both males and females perform aerial courtship dances. For most pairs the nesting season commences when the female accepts her suitor’s gracious fish offerings.

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao