As hard as this may be to believe, I mis-IDed a bird! In my last post I IDed a tern as a Forster’s Tern. I see Forster’s terns here pretty regularly during migrations and I had seen a small flock of 6 or 8 the day before, not far from where I saw this pair and so I didn’t really even try to make a differential identification. I just assumed they were Forster’s and left it at that.
Today I got a comment on the blog from the regional ebird rep telling me that it wasn’t a Forster’s Tern, it was a Least Tern. I was surprised for a couple of reasons.
1. Usually when Mr. Carver emails me it’s because I ID a bird that is common around here as something unusual for the area. Over the last few years I’ve learned (from Mr. Carver’s patient teaching) that if I have a choice between IDing a bird as something common around here or something rare for the panhandle to go with the more common bird.
2. It’s a new bird for my list. Not only that, it’s an endangered bird. It summers on the Canadian River in Oklahoma and on the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border and other places, but it’s not even marked as a rare visitor for this area in the Sibleys and Audubon guides, although eBird has them in the list for the area.
Live and learn.