Date: 6/12/18 5:43 pm
From: Bill Shanahan <iamshanahan...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Multnomah/Columbia Forster's Tern
No pics. Columbia it is. Thanks all.

On Tue, Jun 12, 2018, 5:02 PM Philip Kline <pgeorgekline...> wrote:

> Hi Bill:
> From your description, the bird was in Columbia County. The Reeder Road
> platform is located in Columbia County at least a couple hundred yards
> north of the County line. The wetlands some distance to the south are in
> Multnomah County, but most of the viewable ponds and marsh are in Columbia.
> As for the bird, it's a fantastic sighting either way. I think you would
> need to carefully rule out Common Tern, which it sounds like you have, but
> my guess is a Forster's is probably more likely inland at this time of year
> anyway. I think 2Y individuals of most medium tern species that retain
> basic/immature plumage stay on the wintering grounds, but some are seen
> elsewhere every summer.
> Any chance you took any photos?
> Philip Kline.
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2018, 1:48 PM Bill Shanahan <iamshanahan...> wrote:
>> Reeder road observation platform (not sure where the county line is). 11
>> am today.
>> First sitting, then flying around and diving, finally disappearing to the
>> northwest.
>> Weird part is it did not appear to be in breeding plumage. Tail, legs,
>> bill, and facial markings were perfect for non breeding Forster's. Thoughts?

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