The discussion about the terms we should use for terns has seemed
interminable. I thought I had determined the best tern terms but it turned
out I was wrong. I turned to the sage advice of Shai Mitra, who seems to be
able to take turns using any of the tern terms and it does not turn out
badly. Like Tim Healy, I thought I had a second summer tern but alas, the
term should be first summer. In terms of the tern’s age, I determined he
could not be more than one. So, a one-year-old tern is a first summer tern,
even though it turns out it is in its second summer on the calendar. This
just makes my head turn and turn and turn. I wish I could be like John
Turner, who thinks things have turned for the better. Should I terminate my
efforts to apply the proper terminology? Oh how these tern terms torment me!

With apologies to all and thanks to Tim, Steve, Joe, Shai, and others for an
enlightening discussion.

Willie D'Anna
Wilson, NY

Subject: RE: Nickerson Beach Report.
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:37:30 -0400 (EDT)
X-Message-Number: 11

Things took a turn for the better today!

On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 07:20 PM, Long Island Birding wrote:

Hello all,
To summarize there were 7 tern species seen at Nickerson Beach Today.

Sandwich Tern (found by Doug Futuyma)
Arctic Tern (found by Adelia Honeywood)
Gull-Billed Tern
Forster's Tern 
Roseate Terns
Least Terns 
Common Terns

Mike Z.



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