[Tweeters] Re: [inland-NW-birders] Snake River/Swallows Park Tern ID ?

Mike Clarke transvolcanic at gmail.com
Sat May 16 14:34:05 PDT 2015

Hi Keith,

I would love for this to be a Common Tern. My opinion after looking at
quite a few pics is that it is a Forster's. Just seems like the primary
tips should be darker and the belly more gray. However, I am no tern
expert and will be interested to hear what others have to say.

Either way, I'm coming down there tomorrow. I need both of those birds
for my Asotin "big year".


On Sat, May 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM, Keith Carlson <kec201814 at cableone.net>

> At approx. the same time ( 30-45 minutes later) as Catherine Temple's Tern

> report, Rick Welle and I were watching this bird.

> We never saw it land, but watched it flying over the Snake River (both

> Washington and Idaho) from the Southway Bridge up to the Swallows Marina

> and beyond.

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/17119540774/in/dateposted-public/


> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/17741706175/in/dateposted-public/


> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/17555431899/in/dateposted-public/


> From the wing pattern and the slightly grayish belly, I believe this bird

> to be an adult Common Tern.

> It is possible that the bird Rick and I observed is not the same bird as

> Catherine's as hers seems to have a white belly.


> Keith E. Carlson

> Lewiston.



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