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Along with your observations, I would say it is a Caspian Tern with the 
solid bill, size of bird and extensive black/gray on the undersides of 
the primaries.
Richard
Arrowhead Lake
Milton, VT


On 7/29/12 4:31 PM, Dan Huber wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I went to Dead Creek this afternoon, and although a bit quiet, I was
> surprised to see 2 Terns.  I am not great with them, I see Caspian is more
> likely than Common here.  It was a large bird with all orange bill and
> black top of head above eyes and dark tips of wings.  2 photos linked
> below.  Help with ID would be helpful, I have never seen a Caspian, this
> looks more like Caspian with reddish/orange bill vs. common.
> thanks all.
> https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3bLo8AvEz4KLVBaxAArBEdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
> https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3eTd_-VUuQTWFSqw9r0_ydMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
>
> List from ebird of other birds seen:
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5
> Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
> Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
> Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 1
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
> Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 1
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
> Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 5
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
> Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5
>
>
> Dan Huber
>