I notice that a comment on the Save Pagham Beach Facebook recently queried the identification of a poor quality long distance photo of the returning Little Terns in the harbour. I am sure other beach residents may be interested in correct identification of the Little Terns which have created considerable interest in relation to the controversy of the 'new' spit!
|Little Tern....very small with bright yellow bill with black tip|
|Common Tern...larger with red bill with black tip|
|Sandwich Tern....largest Tern with black bill with yellow tip.|
Three other terns are seen from time to time....Arctic Tern, Black Tern and Roseate Tern but only when they passing though on their long migration routes. All three of 'our' terns have now arrived so keep an eye (and ear) out!