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arctic tern discovered by sam (#4187)

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Sighting Info

Observed: August 5, 2014 @ 5:15 PM
Posted on: August 20, 2014 @ 10:08 PM (diff: 15 days)
Comments:
I am not sure if this is a Caspian tern. It is almost the size of my previous entry, much larger than common tern.. it's bill has a tinge of black it the tip of the top bill. . Any suggestions????

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By Michelle S on 8/24/2014 7:44:48 PM

It might be an Arctic tern. Three of the most common types of terns seen here are Common tern (30-35 cm long), Arctic tern, (30-40cm) and Caspian tern (47-54 cm)  The Caspian is pretty big-around the size of some gulls even. Caspians are also pretty rare as they only breed in certain spots, and can be distinguished by their huge bill. 

By sam on 8/24/2014 8:10:24 PM

first , I thank you for your comments and descriptions. appreciate that!!! I do agree with your suggestion. that bird was a distance away and had to use a lot of zoom. since that time I have observed many Caspian and other Terns and took pics and I think that one is indeed an arctic tern. Sam

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