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Tern with wings forward
                                                                                                    
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 Defending the Nest
An Arctic Tern (sterna paradisaea) hovering ready to attack a visitor to the Inner Farnes as it protects  its nest. This migratory bird travels vast distances to get to the Farnes. From the edge of the Antarctic to the Farnes is a round trip of almost 20,000 miles and over the course of a lifetime they can clock up an enormous mileage. The National Trust report that recently a bird ringed 'CE94161' was logged on the Farnes which had been ringed as a chick in 1983, making it 31 years old and having a massive 620,000 miles on the clock!