Black Tern

A once regular passage migrant visitor to the reservoir, particularly during the 60's, 70's & 80's. These birds, like all visiting Tern species will not stay long, often preferring to use the reserve as a temporary 'stop gap' during their migrational travels. They often seem to appear on dark and rainy afternoons.

??/09/33 - 3 birds

25/08/58 - 2 birds

16/08/59 - Single bird

18/09/60 - Single bird

09/09/62 - Single bird

03/09/64 - 11 birds

01/05/65 - 3 birds

01/10/66 - Single bird

15/08/68 - Single bird. Seen again on 18/08

23/08/70 - 2 birds. A single bird was seen on 10/09

19/05/73 - Single bird. A single bird also, on 30/08 & 31/08

10/05/74 - 5 birds. Up to 6 birds were reported between 31/08 & 14/09

22/09/76 - 18 birds. (HCS)

28/08/78 - 2 birds. Seen again on 29/08

07/09/78 - Between 20-30 birds. Record count to date

26/09/82 - 2 birds

01/05/83 - 2 birds

04/10/83 - 2 birds

01/05/84 - 2 birds

02/10/84 - Single bird, seen again on 05/10

18/08/85 - Single bird. 2 birds recorded on 23/08 & remained present until 27/08

19/05/88 - Single bird

10/06/90 - Single bird

19/05/96 - 4 birds. (KG)

04/09/98 - Single juvenile. 2 juveniles seen on 06/09 & remained until 09/09. 6 birds on 10/09. 3 birds on 11/09

24/08/99 - 11 birds. (DL). Single juvenile seen on 26/08. (DWH)

03/10/00 - Single bird

18/08/01 - Single bird

30/09/01 - Single bird

22/08/02 - 2 birds

16/09/02 - Single bird seen each day until 20/09/02

20/08/04 - 2 birds

21/08/04 - Single bird, not one of the 2 from previous day

23/08/04 - Single bird

21/05/06 - Single bird also seen next day

16/09/06 - 2 birds

22/09/06 - Single bird

22/04/08 - Single bird in summer plumage

07/09/08 - 3 birds and a single bird the next day

24/08/09 - 3 birds

2011 - singles on 25/8, 26/8, 16/9, 18/9, 04/10

25/08/12 - 2 birds in morning, then another in the evening

12/09/15 - 2 juvenile birds stayed for 4 days

20/08/16 - Single bird