Date: 4/11/19 4:49 pm
From: Peter Pyle <ppyle...>
Subject: [SFBirds] [EBB-Sightings] Royal Tern Alameda

>Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 23:37:45 +0000 (UTC)
>From: "John Luther" <aplomado-falcon...>
>To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings...>,
> Countybirders Countybirders <countybirders...>,
> Countybirders <countybirders...>
>Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Royal Tern Alameda
>Hi All,
>While doing a bird survey at the Alameda
>Reserve, Alameda Point, Alameda I observed a
>single Royal Tern. It was calling while flying
>over and by me at about 9:30 AM today April 11.
> This area has no public access, but the bird
>could go north, south or west over or along the
>bay. It was flying NW towards SF when last
>seen. It had very white underwings with no
>large black area as seen on Caspian Terns also
>in the area. The bill was orange red not the
>deep red of the Caspian Terns and the bill was
>thinner (but not as thin and long as an Elegant
>Tern) than the Caspian Terns. The overall bird
>seemed less bulky "slimmer" than a Caspian.
>Also seen in the area by the breakwater was a
>single Brant and 8 Brown Pelicans. There are
>now over 200 Caspian Terns at their colony in
>the SF county portion of the Alameda Reserve. I
>looked for the Royal Tern in the colony area, but did not find it there.
>John LutherOakland

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