Sterna Paradisaea in Southern California
Sterna paradisaea in Southern California
While rowing about the tide-water flats back of Terminal Island, near San Pedro, Cal., with Mr. Geo. S. Chambliss, Sept. 13, 1902, looking after migrants, we saw a flock of about twenty-five terns resting on a mud flat. They flew up as we approached and Mr. Chambliss shot one from the edge of the flock, when they all circled about with loud cries, being joined by a number of California gulls (Larus californicus). Another specimen was taken. Upon examination, they proved to be the Arctic tern (Sterna paradima). On the return to the landing, the same flock was again seen and an immature specimen secured. So far as I can learn the only other record of Sterna paradisea from California is that noted in Grinnell’s Check-List of California Birds, from Monterey.
FRANK S. DAGGETT