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tom baxter

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Can anyone tell for sure which tern this is, from Stone Harbor, NJ?

I had "conclusively" identified it in the field, but looking at the photos I'm not as sure as I felt in the field.
 

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tom baxter

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a few other photos
 

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Nutcracker

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I'd say Royal Tern - bill looks too stout for Elegant, and the bird gives the structural impression of being large.
 

Birdbrain22

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It is either a Royal or Caspian and I am leaning Royal(mainly on the bill) Elegants are extremely rare on the East coast.
 
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