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Roseate Tern

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Common Name Roseate Tern
Scientific Name Sterna dougallii
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A scarce but regular visitor to Dorset, especially at Brownsea lagoon.



Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

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Roseate Tern @DorsetSwannery on fence rail behind Helen's hide 1345. Well done Charlie!
Tweet Date:
06/07/2017 - 13:45
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At least 3 Roseate Terns showing well on the Brownsea Lagoon today - such elegant birds #dorsetwt #dwtbrown
Tweet Date:
12/07/2017 - 17:30
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
07/08/2017 - 18:59 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group Good seawatch at #MudefordQuay this morning #RoseateTern #ArcticSkua #YellowleggedGull Details at:
07/08/2017 - 07:52 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group Roseate Tern off Mudeford Quay this morning.
20/07/2017 - 13:15 Hamish Murray 2 Roseate Terns amongst the Common Terns on Browsea lagoon yesterday #dorsetwt #dwtbrown
19/07/2017 - 19:15 Hamish Murray 3 Roseate Tern on the @DWTBrownsea lagoon today info via @Hamish14453
16/07/2017 - 16:30 Retweet RT @jpawatson: The 2 Roseate Terms have just been at the Little Tern colony. Nearly flew into the mist nets! @debbyseamist
16/07/2017 - 06:15 Debby Saunders 2 Roseate Terns on the tideline at Ferrybridge
15/07/2017 - 14:30 James Phillips 2 Roseate terns showing well at Ferrybridge now; just flown in + 2 Sandwich terns, 8 Dunlin @PortlandBirdObs
15/07/2017 - 06:15 Debby Saunders Roseate Terns back on the tideline at Ferrybridge
14/07/2017 - 10:45 Emily Brown RT @Emily_Chesil: Roseate terns on the spit outside the Chesil Centre. A first for me, fantastic #dwtwey
14/07/2017 - 07:00 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge Roseate Terns have just flown up the Fleet after a good preen
14/07/2017 - 06:45 Debby Saunders Two Roseate Terns settled at Ferrybridge
13/07/2017 - 19:45 Steve Groves Roseate Tern (2x ringed) again this evening. Also dark-billed, dark-legged Common Tern but probably not the putativ…
12/07/2017 - 19:30 Steve Groves Different Roseate Tern (2 rings) this evening but no further sign of Cattle Egrets. Boc pic of record pic...
12/07/2017 - 17:30 Hamish Murray At least 3 Roseate Terns showing well on the Brownsea Lagoon today - such elegant birds #dorsetwt #dwtbrown
11/07/2017 - 18:30 RSPB Weymouth Weymouth news from Geoff Lightfoot: Roseate Tern from the viewing shelter at Lodmoor
09/07/2017 - 19:30 Steve Groves Roseate Tern present again this evening, on & around the Tern Island. Migrant waders represented by 2 Green Sandpipers & 3 Common Sandpipers
08/07/2017 - 16:45 Birds Poole Harbour 2 Roseate Tern on Brownsea this afternoon. Reports on/off all last week too @DorsetBirdClub @DWTBrownsea @BirdGuides
06/07/2017 - 13:45 Wawlee Roseate Tern @DorsetSwannery on fence rail behind Helen's hide 1345. Well done Charlie!
05/07/2017 - 21:15 Steve Groves @SwannerySteve @wawlee Roseate showed well this evening sitting on tern rails for quite a while. Good scope views from Chapel Hill.
05/07/2017 - 13:00 Steve Groves Roseate Tern again 12.30 from Helen Hide. Access to hide limited due to nesting swallows & wagtails.
04/07/2017 - 13:00 Steve Groves Roseate Tern on fence by Helen Hide 12.30pm. BOC pic...
29/05/2017 - 11:45 Retweet RT @cwpbirder: Roseate Tern, distant record shot, 2 birds present on @Brownseablog lagoon, 27 May @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub @DorsetWild…
27/05/2017 - 23:15 Retweet RT @LHenleyLock: Couple of Spoonbill settling in for the night and 3 Roseate Terns at #Brownsea #dwtbrown @SightingDOR…
27/05/2017 - 12:00 Steve Smith @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub 2 Rosy Terns on Brownsea lagoon this am