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Just back from a Common Tern survey with a number of interesting sightings. Still good numbers of terns at Popasquash (~80) and Rock (~30) islands as well as at non nesting sites (Hen and Dammeas islands, Lapans Bay). Many of the juvinile terns were not banded (all juves on the Lake Champlain islands are banded) suggesting they are moving in from elsewhere. Terns and Bonaparte's Gulls well distributed throughout the Inland Sea. Many Bonaparte's in adult plumage. Two least sandpipers and a ruddy turnstone on Pop as well as 2 more least sandpipers at Rock. The best spot of the day was Hen Island off N. Hero where mixed in with about 30 Common Terns and some Bonaparte's Gulls were 5 Caspian Terns. Always cool to see the contrast between the 2 tern species.

Mark

Mark LaBarr
Director of Conservation
Audubon Vermont
255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
802-434-3068
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