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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Forsters Tern?

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lagerfran
Lakeland, FL

March 23, 2012
12:33 PM

Post #9054149

Hi, is this a young Forsters Tern?

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2012
1:40 PM

Post #9054221

Caspian Tern
lagerfran
Lakeland, FL

March 24, 2012
5:06 AM

Post #9054869

Well Okay, I'll get this figured out. Thank you - new bird either way

Fran
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9055063

Forsters Terns can you see the difference especially the size of the bill??

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2012
8:10 AM

Post #9055066

Caspian Terns Resin can explain differences in more appropriate terms

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9055245

Yep, Caspian Tern; the key points are the big heavy bill (like a carrot!) and large size (twice the size of Forster's), and also when in winter plumage, a more diffuse black head cover, unlike Forster's white head with a sharply defined black eye patch.

Resin
lagerfran
Lakeland, FL

March 24, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9055284

Thank you everyone - I got the difference now, it's finding out those key factors that are so helpful. The book I'm using did not explain it well.

Fran

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