Date: 6/8/18 3:34 am
From: peter paul <pepaul...>
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Nickerson Beach - Possible Common Tern (longipennis) Species - Comments and thoughts welcome
Hey all,
Just to throw another specimen into the mix, here ( is a bird that Simon Taylor and
I found a couple of summers ago at Nickerson. We noted many of the
structural, plumage, and molt features that Shai mentions in the 2011
listserv email.

This album has a couple more pictures of the same bird:

Happy tern-ing,

On Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 9:40 PM, Long Island Birding <michaelzito...>

> Hello Shai and everyone,
> Thanks so much for your detailed response Shai. I changed the listing to
> Common Tern and added one more picture with more of a side view, but
> unfortunately I wasn't able to get a flight shot or any shots with the
> wings spread open. I am curious if this bird will reach more of the
> classic breeding plumage that I am used to seeing or remain dark and how
> that might affect its ability to breed this year. I do also think the legs
> are a bit darker than the pictures let on. There was another interesting
> bird yesterday that was speculated to be an adult common tern showing
> retarded plumage, however it looked quite different than the one in my
> report and resembled more of a second summer tern. Thank you again for
> shedding some light on this Shai!
> Mike Z.
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