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This charcoal-colored, tropical tern is an uncommon visitor from the Caribbean and a very rare breeder in the Lower Keys. They are most often seen during offshore pelagic trips, or during the hurricane season when a storm passes over or close to the Florida coastline. In recent years, Bridled Terns have been recorded during storms at sites such as Huguenot Memorial Park, Lighthouse Point Park, Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, Bald Point State Park and Sebastian Inlet State Park. Bridled Terns are also recorded annually on pelagic trips organized by the Marine Science Center in Volusia County.
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Bridled Terns are found offshore on pelagic trips; they occasionally nest in the Florida Keys.