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I was kayaking along the NY shore in front of the fort at Crown Point today.  On the end of the rock jetty, there were 9 terns that I thought were Caspians .  The call certainly matched the "raucous screech, or very harsh, raspy rrrreOW " described in the NWF Field Guide.     


Bruce Flewelling 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Huber" < docforestal @COMCAST.NET> 
To: VTBIRD @LIST. UVM . EDU 
Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2012 5:47:13 PM 
Subject: Re: [ VTBIRD ] Dead Creek birds & Tern - ID needed 

Thanks very  much for the help Richard, 

Dan 

On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM, Richard Harlow < raharlow @comcast.net>wrote: 

> 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. 
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>> https :// picasaweb . google .com/** lh /photo/3eTd_-VUuQTWFSqw9r0_** 
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>> 
>> 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 
>> 
>>