Hey all, Just to throw another specimen into the mix, here ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S30364262) is a bird that Simon Taylor and I found a couple of summers ago at Nickerson. We noted many of the structural, plumage, and molt features that Shai mentions in the 2011 listserv email.
This album has a couple more pictures of the same bird: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129132563@N05/albums/72157687846819856 Happy tern-ing, Tripper On Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 9:40 PM, Long Island Birding <michaelz...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hello Shai and everyone, > Thanks so much for your detailed response Shai. I changed the listing to > Common Tern and added one more picture with more of a side view, but > unfortunately I wasn't able to get a flight shot or any shots with the > wings spread open. I am curious if this bird will reach more of the > classic breeding plumage that I am used to seeing or remain dark and how > that might affect its ability to breed this year. I do also think the legs > are a bit darker than the pictures let on. There was another interesting > bird yesterday that was speculated to be an adult common tern showing > retarded plumage, however it looked quite different than the one in my > report and resembled more of a second summer tern. Thank you again for > shedding some light on this Shai! > Mike Z. > -- > *NYSbirds-L List Info:* > Welcome and Basics <http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm> > Rules and Information <http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm> > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > <http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> > *Archives:* > The Mail Archive > <http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> > Surfbirds <http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L> > ABA <http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01> > *Please submit your observations to **eBird* > <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>*!* > -- > -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --