Relatively new to birding, totally new to this site, and new to birds along the coast.
- See photos, some better than others, but these are all the same bird and we only saw the one bird total (of this species). We saw it take two runs around the tidal pond on the Chesapeake bay at Flag Ponds Park in Calvert County, Maryland. Each flight ending in it diving into the water for food. At first I was leaning toward calling this a Common Tern, in part based on the darker gray at wingtips, but it does not all seem to fit. In particular, this bird seems to have a large, somewhat chunky orange bill, which points (me) toward a Royal Tern. And I think I see tufts of feathers as part of its cap. Based on the cap being kind of splotchy black, it appears to be non breeding adult. Royal Terns are common at this location (based on bird hotspot info), while Common Tern is not common so I would like to get it correct (want to get it correct anyway!).
- seen 09/15/2019 in the middle of the day.
Thanks for any help!