Arctic Tern Records

Arctic Terns are well-known for their remarkable long-distance migrations. Arctic Terns normally migrate far offshore and are only found casually inland during migration. – The Birds of Pennsylvania by McWilliams and Brauning

369-01-2018 Arctic Tern Lehigh

Species: Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

Number of Individuals observed:  1

Date of Sighting:  5/20/2018

County :   Lehigh

Location :  Leaser Lake

GPS Coordinates:  40.668990, -75.836770

Observer(s):  Kevin Dougherty, Jeff Hopkins

Date of Submission:   6/21/2018, 6/10/2018

Submitted by:  Kevin Dougherty, Jeff Hopkins

Written Description:   Yes   Photo:   Yes  Specimen:     no   Recording:  no

 

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369-01-2016 Arctic Tern Centre

Species:  Arctic Tern

Number of Individuals:   1

Date of Sighting:   6/10/2016

County :    Centre

Location :    Lower Greens Run, Bald Eagle State Park

GPS Coordinates:  41.011740, -77.671332

Observer(s):   Brian Schmoke

Date of Submission:   6/10/2016

Submitted by:  Brian Schmoke

Written Description:      Yes      Photo:  Yes      Specimen:           No              Recording:    No

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369-01-2012 Arctic Tern

Two Arctic Terns were found by Al Guarante at Elk State Park on May 22.

Species: Arctic Tern    Sterna paradisaea
Date of Sighting: 22 May 2012 to 22 May 2012
County : ELK    Location : ELK STATE PARK
Observer(s): Al Guarente
Date of Submission: 2012
Submitted by: Al Guarente
Written Description: Yes    Photo: Yes      Specimen: No     Recording: No

 

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369-02-2012 Arctic Tern

Rick Wiltraut found this Arctic Tern at Beltzville State Park on May 21st, the 2nd record for Carbon County. Rick provided a descriptive narrative of the sighting on the PABirds listserv.

In flight the uniform grayish upperwing, lighter underwing with dark trailing edge on primaries, long tail, and appearing shorter necked, with small head and dark red bill were all noticeable during prolonged views through spotting scope. It also had also had a noticeable snappy flight style. At one point the bird rose fairly high and was backlit revealing the translucent primaries. At rest on the buoy the tail extended beyond the tail and it had noticeable short legs and rounded head with white cheek contrasting with dark gray body and dark cap which nearly reached the gape. The bird could cover a lot of water in a short period of time and was often seen hovering and plunging into the water for fish. Once it caught a fish, dropped it, retrieved it, dropped it again and retrieved it, repeating this four or five times. As Dustin mentioned, around 8:00 p.m. it left the buoy and flew low over the water and repeatedly plopped into the water and bathed a few seconds, doing this about six times, before continuing east out of sight. Weather conditions were very similar to the day I found two here on May 16, 1989, rainy with fairly steady easterly winds. Like those two birds, this bird spent most of the time flying, only perching maybe 3 times on the buoys by the launch offering a chance for photographs.

Species: Arctic Tern    Sterna paradisaea
Date of Sighting: 21 May 2012 to 22 May 2012
County : CARBON      Location : BELTZVILLE STATE PARK
Observer(s): Rick Wiltraut, m.obs.
Date of Submission: 2012
Submitted by: Dustin Welch
Written Description: No    Photo: Yes   Specimen: No   Recording: No

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Arctic Tern Records

Arctic Tern Records
All records are listed in reverse chronological order.

Dashields Dam, Allegheny County; May 29, 2010. Photos by Geoff Malosh.


2010

Arctic Tern — Dashields Dam, Allegheny County; May 29, 2010. Photos by Geoff Malosh. These photos show one of the two birds found there that day. Note the small, red bill, the uniform gray upperparts, the thin, dark trailing edge on the primaries, and the long tail. This bird and the other represent the 1st record for Allegheny County.


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