Date: 7/9/20 4:48 am From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Apparent dark-billed tern at Malibu Lagoon
Andy et al,
Why is this bird not a juvenile sandwich tern? Also, Sibley, at least on my iPad, shows juvenile sandwich tern is having an all black bill, or is that an error?
Claremont (for another half hour)
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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.