There is no more
exquisite sprite than the Tern or Sea Swallow as it floats over
the blue summer waves or alights, to pose with upheld wings, by its
eggs. The Common Tern is the most numerous species in southern Britain, and the Arctic Tern in the north of our islands. The two are so much
to be indistinguishable to the layman. The bird here depicted is an
Several other species of tern breed on the coast of Britain.