:: Either a very, very pale basic plumage Bonaparte's Gull or a basic plumage White-winged Tern.
I'm not a fan of this, structurally, for Bonaparte's. Why can't this be a juvenile Gull-billed Tern ?
Phil Jeffrey Ewing
On Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...> wrote:
> Hi Jersey Birders, > During my tour around Brig's Wild Life Drive today I found and photographed > (distant shot) a Tern/Gull that I dare put a name to. > My gut feeling while I watched this bird was that it was a tern, but > Bonaparte's Gull was also entertained due to the dark ear patch. > It preened for awhile and then napped out. > It is in a basic plumage. > When you look at the pic on my Flickr the most obvious thing is how pale > this bird is. Even the primaries I could see were the same pale white. > Notes taken: > Same average size as a Gull-billed tern. (right foreground in Flickr pic) > Smaller than a LAGU > Patchy gray wash across the head with a distinct black ear patch. (similar > to basic plumage LIGU) > Small black bill. Pale overall including primaries. > Dark legs. > Either a very, very pale basic plumage Bonaparte's Gull or a basic plumage > White-winged Tern. > Either one an odd bird for Brig this time of year. > I waited 40 mins to see if it would fly and finally got eaten alive and had > to move on. ! > If you head to Brig for the Spoonbill (which I didn't see) or the Avocet > keep an eye out for this bird. > It was roosting with others along the N dike. inner side > https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/ > Good Birding, > Harvey Tomlinson > Del Haven, Nj > > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/ > reporting-rare-birds/> > or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> > List help: <jerseybi-request...> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi >
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