Re: Black Tern Bolsa Chica

Ron Grabyan

The Black Tern was continuing to fly over the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Pocket Pond Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. (Location: 33.705975, -118.048789).  

There were many Forester Terns following the same behavior. Distinguished by black area behind the eye and continuing over its crown. Also, a small black smudge in front of its eye and slightly under,  the eye itself is visible with white around top, bottom, and back. There is a brown smudge/patch on the breast side near the wing.  Both upper and under wings are gray. It has a black beak. It is probably non-breeding, possibly JV.  Easily distinguished from the Forester Terns.


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