Elegant Tern

Elegant Tern

You will most often find Tern in among the stream of gulls flying along the bluff top trail. From a distance he is hard to distinguish from the other birds in the stream, but, if you keep a sharp eye out, you will recognize him early enough to be able to appreciate his beauty as he flies past. (Tip: Tern is a bit more streamlined than Gull, flaps his wings more than Gull, and glides less often.) Here in the Ranch, it is rare to see him on the ground or even in the water. Most often you will see him in the air. That is probably related to the fact that Tern is one of the true long distance travelers in this world. Some have been known to average as much as 140 miles a day! His principal food is fish and, when he gets hungry, he plunge dives for a meal so you might see him offshore getting dinner if you are lucky.

Tern is truly an Elegant Creature.