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Kathytaylor

tern id please. Garden City, SC Apr. 2018

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large.5ad48dac7a120_IMG_1077(2).JPG.d35c94189a0a2672d1ccb9751a1fe735.JPGI believe the ones with the solid black heads and black legs are Sandwich terns, but I can't find information about the larger one with the orange bill and white patch on his forehead.large.IMG_1081.jpg.123b185658d73bf34f0ac74e0c5342e5.jpg

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You are correct on Sandwich, one of the best ID points on them is the black and yellow bill. And the other tern is Royal. It's told from Caspian by it's oranger, more carrot coloured bill rather than Caspian's deep red. There's another tern species, the rightmost bird. I'm not sure what it is though. The orange bill and more extensive cap makes me uncertain.

EDIT: akiley got me

On another note, it looks like the two left Sandwich Terns are banded!

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Man, the more I look at this tern, the more confused I get... I'm thinking maybe Forster's, but the bill doesn't appear to be black on the tip. Or is that a rock... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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I'm seeing two pairs of Sandwich Terns and a Royal -- where's the confusion?

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38 minutes ago, egosnell2002 said:

Man, the more I look at this tern, the more confused I get... I'm thinking maybe Forster's, but the bill doesn't appear to be black on the tip. Or is that a rock... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I still see it as another Sandwich- to me it looks like the lighting on the bill is just a bit harsh.

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Well, I was quite certain it was something else, but the rightmost tern (mostly hidden) has a much more extensive cap, with less of a crest. It appears to also have an all orange bill, and it may be stouter as well.

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28 minutes ago, egosnell2002 said:

Well, I was quite certain it was something else, but the rightmost tern (mostly hidden) has a much more extensive cap, with less of a crest. It appears to also have an all orange bill, and it may be stouter as well.

Hmm. I see what you're saying about the more extensive cap, but the bill is fine for Sandwich IMO in terms of color pattern and shape/size. Bill looks like black with a pale tip to me, just possibly altered in appearance by lighting.

 Royal should be larger, and this bird appears identical in size to the one next to it.

Personally, I can't see it as anything other than a Sandwich, we may just have to disagree on this!:)

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I'm starting to see it more and more as sandwich, I just can't believe how orange and realistic that bill looks, especially since the one right next to it looks normal. Add the cap, and I just assumed it was something else. It's definitely not Royal at any rate. If it's anything besides Sandwich, it'll be COTE/FOTE.

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Not sure about the two rightmost terns in the new first shot -- they do look interesting. The bird egosnell was looking at, though, is relaxed, with his neck retracted. That makes the cap look more extensive. What looks like an orange bill is the yellow tip to a Sandwich Tern's bill. Notice he's standing directly behind a definite Sandwich, and I'm not seeing the sort of size difference that should show up if he were a Forster's or Common.

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