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Identify small white bird with black wings

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Good afternoon,

As I was driving to work today 1/1/18 in most southern part of Central New Jersey, I noticed a flock of beautiful birds flying in formation groups. The sky was clear blue. The birds seemed small but maybe larger than a sparrow. They were white with black tipped wings. With each turn I could tell they were white on the top as well. What truly caught my eye though was the shine they gave off in the sky, almost like diamonds flying in the sky. The best way I could describe it was like someone threw diamonds in the sky. It was so beautiful and amazing. Unfortunately I was running late for work and did not have the time to stop for pictures or videos. Does anyone know what these were?

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Welcome to whatbird!!

2 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

Try Snow Buntings.  :) 

I agree ;)

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Well all I can add is that size can be deceptive when seeing birds in the sky. If you could see that much detail while driving i suspect the birds where considerably larger than  sparrows. Are you in a coastal location or inland? One guess i might toss into the ring is a common tern or a forster's tern. Something like this:

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or this:

Forster's_Tern_in_flight,_winter_plumage

I don't know about flying in formation, but they certainly can flock together. I saw a bunch of forster's terns just today swooping and flying over a lake and they definitely were gorgeous and sparkling in the sunlight. I'm not sure exactly where you are located but eBird shows both common and Forster's reported in both Monmouth and Ocean counties in the last couple months. I didn't check any other counties.

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On 1/1/2018 at 3:14 PM, birdeyes said:

Good afternoon,

As I was driving to work today 1/1/18 in most southern part of Central New Jersey, I noticed a flock of beautiful birds flying in formation groups. The sky was clear blue. The birds seemed small but maybe larger than a sparrow. They were white with black tipped wings. With each turn I could tell they were white on the top as well. What truly caught my eye though was the shine they gave off in the sky, almost like diamonds flying in the sky. The best way I could describe it was like someone threw diamonds in the sky. It was so beautiful and amazing. Unfortunately I was running late for work and did not have the time to stop for pictures or videos. Does anyone know what these were?

Where exactly did you see these birds? From the highway driving, at a stop light near a field, etc.?Were the high in the sky formations or was the flock moving about close to the ground?

 I traverse most of NJ on a weekly basis. Central NJ-wise...along Rte 195 out near Upper Freehold/Allentown area(and a few other areas of the state), Snow Geese flocks numbering in the 100's. sometimes 1000's are rather common as they move among the farmland fields. I see them often and i know exactly what you mean by them kind of sparkling in the sky.  To see a flock of Snow Buntings... you would need to be stopped(or slowly moving) and be lucky enough to have a flock in the field close enough to you to actually see them.   

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