Common Tern and and early Herring Gull-Ballena Bay Alameda
Grabbed an hour of birding this lovely afternoon just after high tide at Ballena Bay in Alameda. There was a single COMMON TERN in the larger masses of ELEGANT and FORSTER'S TERNS present. It had a reddish bill with a dark tip, and legs that were redder compared to the more orange Forster's Terns. Because it was still in alternate plumage,the carpal bar wasn't evident. The COTE kept itself separate from the masses as it sat on a stick, then disappeared when flushed by an early HERRING GULL on the breakwater. There were a couple of begging juvenile Elegant Terns putting up quite a racket.
Also present were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILLETS, and 3 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.
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Middle Harbor had a large group of Elegant Terns on one of the breakwaters, and a couple of Least Terns were flying above.