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Forster’s Tern  Sterna forsteri

As with most terns, the Forster’s Tern is a migratory species.  They spend their summers in south central Canada and portions of north central and western United States.  They winter along the southern portion of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the coasts around the Gulf of Mexico.

In Florida, this bird is a common fall through (Aug-May) visitor.  They can be found over most large bodies of fresh water and along the shorelines of both coasts.