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Tangier Island, Virginia, US, May 25, 2019

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Old Sunday 26th May 2019, 01:53   #1
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Tangier Island, Virginia, US, May 25, 2019

Hi,

I took these pictures on my trip to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay today (May 25, 2019). Here are my thoughts:

1-2: Common Tern? This would be sweet, it's a bird that eluded me for a long time
3: Semi-p Sandpiper?

What do you think? Thanks in advance.

Howard
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3. Looks like white-rumped sandpiper.
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1 & 2 are forster’s terns and 3 is white-rumped
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Regarding the peep: aren't those wings awfully short for White+rumped?

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Regarding the peep: aren't those wings awfully short for White+rumped?

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That deserves to be noted and I agree but everything about the plumage and head/bill shape looks perfect for white rumped in my opinion.
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I am not all that convinced that the tern is a Forster's. To me its upper wing appears to be uniformly gray, its bill reddish, and its tail short. I suspect it is a Common Tern, but I am also not 100% confident.
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