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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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albur18    102

All in North Topsail Beach, coastal North Carolina, last couple days.  Thanks!

Bird #1 (2 photos)

36262249932_02f555a20c_b.jpgDSCN5795 by albur_18, on Flickr

36262247132_f4d98474b7_h.jpgDSCN5796 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #2 (2 photos)

36262245032_5651897779_k.jpgDSCN5812 by albur_18, on Flickr

36384978876_7d207ffa0b_k.jpgDSCN5813 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #3

36262243192_f946c2247e_k.jpgDSCN5824 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #4

36384977606_47c1536a14_k.jpgDSCN5828 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #5

36262241802_64c4e72343_k.jpgDSCN5832 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #6 (2 photos)

36262240502_deb5f94b4b_h.jpgDSCN5841 by albur_18, on Flickr

36262240112_5ff1ee6579_h.jpgDSCN5842 by albur_18, on Flickr

Bird #7

36262239582_d586be5baf_k.jpgDSCN5916 by albur_18, on Flickr

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Sean C.    1651

1, 4 & 5: I tink Common Terns

2: Roseate?

3: ??

6: Forster's?

7: Least?

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psweet    7688

These all look like Common Terns to me -- Least Tern shouldn't show the dark tips to the middle primaries. None of them have the clean white undersides and silvery primaries that say Forster's (or the head pattern, which should be well established by now), or the heavy bill of a Royal.

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albur18    102
35 minutes ago, psweet said:

These all look like Common Terns to me -- Least Tern shouldn't show the dark tips to the middle primaries. None of them have the clean white undersides and silvery primaries that say Forster's (or the head pattern, which should be well established by now), or the heavy bill of a Royal.

Thanks psweet.  And the molt timing is something I was wondering about.  Sibley has winter plumage listed as August-whenever, so would all terns be showing at least some progress towards winter plumage at this date?

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psweet    7688

I wouldn't be surprised, but then again... there is some individual variation in molt timing, dependent in part on food availability, body condition, breeding status, etc. (birds that are still feeding young are likely to start later than those whose nests fail, for instance). Forster's Terns start their molt quite early, though, so even with variation I'd be expecting to see mostly winter plumage on the head.

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