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#1 guy_incognito

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

Saw these two birds in Key West yesterday.

1. Pretty sure this is a Gray Kingbird
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2. Unsure on this tern
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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:31 PM

Gray Kingbird confirmed. I'll pass on the tern.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:37 PM

Hmm Looks like a Sandwich tern but I could be wrong.............

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:13 PM

Agree with Gray Kingbird.

The tern is a Sandwich. Long, thin, dark bill eliminates most other terns. Dark markings on the tail eliminate Roseate.
Sandwich do not always show the light tip on the bill.

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#5 TheBillyPilgrim

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

The tern is a Sandwich. Long, thin, dark bill eliminates most other terns. Dark markings on the tail eliminate Roseate.
Sandwich do not always show the light tip on the bill.


Great tidbit, Liam. My impression was Sandwich, but I'm not sure I've ever seen one without that distinct, light tip!

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#6 guy_incognito

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for the ID help Liam. I thought Sandwich seemed like the best bet, but the lack of a pale tip on the bill was confusing.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:24 PM

I have seen a few Sandwich Terns with a minimal, if not absent, pale tip to the bill: http://static.panora...al/77198148.jpg

Just an interesting note: some Sandwich Terns (South American subspecies T.s. eurygnatha, Cayenne Tern) have all orange bills, and can be consequently confused with Elegant Tern.

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