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USA, San Diego, California, Tijuana Slough - Tern Species, immature tern?

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Old Tuesday 17th July 2012, 05:22   #1
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USA, San Diego, California, Tijuana Slough - Tern Species, immature tern?

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Old Tuesday 17th July 2012, 05:34   #2
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again, a gull-billed tern, looks like a 2cy, otherwise it would have been hatched very early this year.
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Lou, Thanks for the id. I had hoped these were Gull-billed Terns, but did not have enough experience. lvcuer
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It is a very fresh juvenile: plumage is entirely fresh, with brown wash on hindneck, and outermost primary still growing.
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Old Tuesday 17th July 2012, 10:31   #5
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again, a gull-billed tern, looks like a 2cy, otherwise it would have been hatched very early this year.
Hi Lou, wouldn't the dark crown and short, stubby bill favour the latter solution?

Edit: ah OK, I see Peter has posted just before me...
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ok, see it...juvenile it is.
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