Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) - Endangered in New York
Iroqouis National Wildlife Refuge
— Seaway Trail - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Buffalo Audubon Society —
A Floating Nest.
Black Terns build nests on mats of floating vegetation or mud mounds, barely above water level. Several nests may be built in the same area.
Adult Black Tern wingspan: 24", length: 9.75". Listen for a metallic kek, or kyip, the call the birds make while in flight. Look out across the marsh for a low flying, dark bird dipping and banking from side to side as it searches for insects and small fish. Black Terns will mob intruders coming too close to their nests. Muskrat huts and push-ups make good tern nesting platforms.
Plumage Variation. Adult Breeding (Mar-Aug): gray wings and tail, white under tail, dark red legs, black head and breast. Adult Non-Breeding (Aug-Feb): black cap, cool gray wings and back, white face and body, red legs. Juvenile (Jul-Nov): dark gray cap, warm gray wings
Natural History. Aquatic habitat along the Seaway Trail is home to a large diversity of bird species.
Seaway Trail, Inc. Corner Ray & West Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685. 1-800-seaway-t. This exhibit made possible by a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to Buffalo Audubon Society, Inc.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment. In addition, it is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series list.
Location. 43° 7.114′ N, 78° 26.546′ W. Marker is in Alabama, New York, in Genesee County. Marker is on Lewiston Road (New York State Route 77) 1˝ miles north of Casey Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Cayuga Pool Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middleport NY 14105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (a few steps from this marker); Feeder Canal (approx. half a mile away); Charles Stielow (approx. 1.9 miles away); Trinity Complex (approx. 3.8 miles away); Treaty of 1857 (approx. 4 miles away); Basom Plot
Also see . . . Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.