For those who don't peruse the Northern New York listserve, I wanted to get the
word out that Bill Krueger found a SANDWICH TERN along the shore of Lake
Champlain in Chazy, Clinton County, New York earlier today (31 August 2010).
This is a remarkable inland find, and I wanted to let Vermont birders aware of
its presence on the lake. I've included Bill's two messages to NNYBirds below.
Subject: NNYBirds: Sandwich Tern
From: "Bill Krueger " <billkrueger AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:12:26 +0000
A Sandwich Tern was present on the tire breakwater at Gilbert Creek Marina,
Chazy, NY at about 10:00 this morning. It flew off unobserved when I tried to
give Charlie Mitchell a look though the scope. We did not relocate it.
Subject: NNYBirds: Sandwich Tern Details
From: Bill Krueger <billkrueger AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:00:08 -0400
As large or larger than the nearby Bonaparte's Gulls and noticeably larger than
Common Terns seen later, this bird had a yellow tipped
black bill, a white forehead, and black cap with a crest. The black of the cap
extended well down its nape. It resembled but was smaller than
Royal Tern. Its legs were black. All other particulars of size, shape and
overall conformation were ternlike; it was not a gull.