Not to put too fine a point on it but I’ve noticed that terns travel in mixed assemblages of species. And sometimes they fish together. And preen together. And nest alongside one another. And it seems they’re all working toward the same goal.
I wish that we, the human counterpart, could take note from them and realize that we pretty much all want the same basic things. And that there are easier ways to get there. I digress.
Here, look at these Royal Terns.
Royal Terns inhabit much of the coastline of the western hemisphere. They’re also present along the coast of western Africa. They eat small fish, shrimp, squid and crabs.
As I was saying before, they breed in huge colonies right next to Sandwich Terns (and Laughing Gulls).
Sandwich Terns (sometimes called “Cayenne Terns”) inhabit mostly the same range as Royal Terns except for that some populations breed in Europe–how romantic.
They enjoy menhaden, sardines and anchovies almost exclusively. All of the pizza toppings.
Neither of these birds are globally threatened. Which is something to applaud every single time. Especially because they are seabirds and the ocean is a changing place these days.
We’re back to Newfoundland on Sunday with a little bird that Newfies lovingly refer to as a “mope”.