of Arctic Terns photographed at Highbridge's Apex Park
unusual sight of a flock of more than 30 Arctic Terns have been
spotted in Highbridge this weekend.
bird watcher James Packer, who shot these photos of the birds
at Apex Park, said to see so many is unusual.
"Some pass through Somerset each year, but at the moment
there's quite a few all along the Severn Estuary, with a group
of about 30-40 at the Apex and Holiday Village lakes," he
are on passage to the north, so they won't be here for long. They
are not rare, but it unusual to see so many here and to be able
to watch them at such close range."
added that Arctic Terns are probably the longest-travelling migrant
bird. They winter off South Africa and Antarctica and breed in
the Arctic. For more details, see www.somersetbirder.co.uk.