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Bird Identification: CLOSED: It's time for the terns!

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Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2013
9:34 AM

Post #9490765

Ok here are all those tricky terns.

#1 --- Common?

#2 --- I was actually taking a picture of something else but saw this one in the background when I uploaded it (hence the reason it's terribly out of focus). It looks different than the other terns I saw out there, can anyone get an ID from this blurry photo? I am thinking Forester's in winter plumage, but that is just a guess.

#3, 4, 5 --- This is one of the large mixed groups I saw, and there are just so many different ones in there I struggled to keep up with trying to ID individuals in the field & started shooting photos to sort them out later. It was very overwhelming! The first photo is the original photo, and the second 2 are just zoomed in & brightened sections to view them better. I can ID the black skimmer, least terns, and dunlin in the photo, but the rest I can't be sure of. Thinking I see some common, royal, and Forester's in there though. Help! I can zoom in on different sections if it helps.

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United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2013
5:56 PM

Post #9491208

#1 - Royal Tern

#2 - Yep, winter Forster's

##3-5 - mostly Forster's, in various states of moult from winter to summer, but in #3, top left just below "..orized Use", there's a couple of Cabot's Terns*

* formerly a subspecies of Sandwich Tern, that's what they'll be listed as in your books unless they're very new.

Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
11:37 AM

Post #9491962

Haha my book is 11 years old... I really need to get an updated one!! Never heard of Cabot's Tern. NEAT!!! Thanks very much!

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