I crossed the busy main road with my parents and scanned again. It was still there! It was a small tern with a dark back, pale white wings and a white tail. The head was white with black markings, which means this was either a juvenile or an adult in winter plumage. White-winged black terns are completely black with white wings and tails in summer at their breeding grounds in Eastern Europe. It is a mouthful of a bird to say, but a lovely bird to see.
|White-winged Black Tern|