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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Terns part 3

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rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
2:51 PM

Post #9492132

Here we go with some more terns.

#1 The two smallest on the bottom are Least terns; the top right is Black tern in winter plumage?? (Finger's crossed!!!) And again with the Common vs Forster's predicament for the largest one.

# 2 - 4 Is this Forsters? The tail doesn't seem long/forked enough, but I don't have any other guesses.

# 5 - This was shot later in the series, not sure if it's the same bird as in 2-4.

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rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9492148

Continuing that series...

#6 - 8 Pretty sure these are all Forster's, but could be wrong!

# 9 -10 I'm getting cross eyed looking at all these terns. Are they the same as all the rest?

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rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9492158

# 11-12

These last two are 2 terns that I got in the same frame. Compared side by side, they don't look like the same bird to me.


This is it for tonight, I'm getting a headache! Will post the remaining Terns tomorrow.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
3:23 PM

Post #9492190

#1 - yep to Least and Black Terns. The larger on is a good bet for subadult Common, though not 100% certain.

#2-5 - yep, Forster's; a first-year bird (note the dark markings on the wings and tail corners). Immatures have shorter tail streamers.

# 6-10 - yep, Forster's; 6 and 9-10 probably 1st-winters again.

'11-12 - an immature Forster's; and probably an adult ditto.

Resin
rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
3:58 PM

Post #9492230

The black tern is a new one for me, hooray!!

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