Least Tern in Oregon
Least Terns are very rare in Oregon, even though their normal range reaches north as far as the central California coast. So today when the report came that one was being seen only 25 miles from my place, I knew where I would be headed as soon as I got off work. I watched this dainty little bird (only three inches longer than a Barn Swallow) for more than two hours as it searched for edible things near the surface of the water. During that time it spent less than five minutes resting on the muddy shore and bathing briefly.