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

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.

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Hello everyone :-)


I have some Tern pictures from back in May that I am hoping for your help on.  (They were taken in South-western Alberta).

I have a really hard time trying to tell Common from Forester's....


Thanks for the help!


26708837159_55f00541ac_b.jpgIMG_1645 - tern - carseland - may 2017 by Sarah Murphy, on Flickr


26708837079_b9d4ad03e5_h.jpgIMG_3143 - tern - carseland -may 2017 by Sarah Murphy, on Flickr


38428890936_b82dab2d5c_b.jpgIMG_3166 - terns - namaka - may 2017 by Sarah Murphy, on Flickr


37769502344_a91e09ca8f_k.jpgIMG_3167 by Sarah Murphy, on Flickr


26708836919_d3812a6323_h.jpgIMG_3192 - tern - namaka - may 2017 by Sarah Murphy, on Flickr


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I'm thinking Forster's Tern with that bi-colored bill and deeply forked tail.

Edited by BigOly
misspelled name
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Actually, the species was named for a person with the last name of "Forster."  Most people get annoyed when one mis-spells their names; I'm sure that Johann R. Forster might be annoyed, too.

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