Forster's Terns, photo by Max Breshears

Ten Tremendous Terns

Calvin Bonn

Tue, Jul 30, 2024 7:00 PM

Terns can pose some of the most challenging identification problems in Southern California. Whether it’s searching for the needle in the haystack in the overwhelmingly loud colony, trying to catch another quick glance on a choppy pelagic, or groaning as a dog flushes the flock loafing on the beach, birders know the pains associated with tern ID.

Join Calvin as he discusses the status and distribution, field marks, and general biology of our ten most common tern species. With quizzes and side-by-side comparisons, learn how to zero in on the most important characteristics to confidently identify these spectacular species!

Photo credit: Max Breshears

The livestream can be found at our YouTube channel.