After much deliberation I am posting this with 100% certainty. After
hearing of a report of Sandwich Terns at Nickerson Beach. I made my way
down and found a Royal Tern whuch then turned into 3. While scanning the
terns on the beach and flying over the colony a small immature gull
appeared. I noticed the black edge on the tail, a dark cap and a prominent
M to the wing pattern. As the bird flew over the colony it was smaller then
the Common Terns and rounder winged. The bird then continued flying east
and disappeared. There was also a report of an immature Bonaparte's Gull
later. This was at Nickerson Beach in Nassau county.
Robert Proniewych


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