Terns

Last Monday (9/16/2013) was a very cloudy blustery day.  It had rained the night before and looked like it could start again any time, I didn’t really expect to see a lot of birds, but I drove out to the lake anyway, mainly just to see if it had risen any.  On a little sandbar visible from the parking lot at Fritch Fortress there was a pretty good sized group of gulls and terns.  I took a few pictures and later, as I looked at the photos I thought I could see a few Common Terns among the Ring-billed Gulls and Forster’s Terns.  There was also several smaller, darker terns I hadn’t seen before that turned out to be Black Terns.  I went back out the next two mornings and took more photographs of the terns and gulls and studied the photos and my Sibley’s to attempt to identify and count them.  Counting terns is very difficult as they don’t stay still very long at all.    Thursday I had to be out of town and it rained hard Thursday night.  Friday morning was still very cloudy and windy and I only saw a single Forster’s Tern.  The sandbars were completely covered or eroded away and the remaining terns had either relocated or continued their migration.  So anyway, here’s the pictures.  What I think I see in them, besides the Ring-billed Gulls, are adult and juvenile Forster’s Terns, Common Terns and Black Terns.  The Forster’s and Black Terns are fairly common around here, although this is the first time I’ve seen them, but the Common Terns are pretty rare, especially this many of them.Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Tern (1024x574) Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Tern (2) (1024x517) Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern (7) (1024x649) Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern (5) (1024x666) Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern (4) (1024x624) Black Tern, Forster's Tern (10) (1024x505) Black Tern, Forster's Tern (9) (1024x527) Black Tern, Forster's Tern (7) (1024x580) Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern (1024x640) Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern (3) (1024x594) Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Forster's Tern (2) (1024x599) Forster's Tern (18) (1024x609) Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern (3) (1024x700) Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Common tern,Forster's Tern (1024x433) Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern (4) (1024x702) Black Tern, Forster's Tern (3) (1024x629) Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern (2) (1024x684)

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