Can anyone help?
For the second evening I have spotted about a dozen terns at Myers Park
on the little spit just to the left of the northern most pavilion.  They
are mixed in with a few gulls and ducks.  I can't make a positive ID.  They
are crested and some have bright orange-red bills with completely black
heads while the others (probably juveniles) have spotted wing plumage with
dark feathers not completely covering their heads. All legs are dark. Lots
of feeding on the soft shore with occasional popping up high to plunge back
down to the sand.

I have seen Elegant and Royal Terns on San Diego's beaches in the winter
and these guys at Myers seem to look a lot like them but my books don't say
they ever come to our neck of the woods.

Thanks for your help!

Sue Henne


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