Date: 7/8/20 6:57 pm
From: Andrew Birch via <andyrbirch=<>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Apparent dark-billed tern at Malibu Lagoon
I have not seen this bird but noticed these distant shots posted on iNaturalist of a candidate Sandwich "Cabot's" Tern (or hybrid Sandwich x Elegant) candidate at Malibu Lagoon. It was apparently photographed this afternoon. Unfortunately, to complicate matters, the bird has a dark breast patch, perhaps, indicating oil or perhaps it's indeed just an aberrant Elegant Tern. Anyway, it appears to have a very dark bill and pale tip and so I thought I would flag in case anyone had plans to be out there tomorrow to keep an eye out for it.

And for anyone interested, here's a Flickr page of hybrid types from San Diego

Best, Andy BirchLos Feliz

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