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Yesterday at Fort Desoto Park, Florida, I saw these two small terns side-by-side within a huge flock of royal terns.

Image 1 appears to be a common tern, due to the black wingtips, grayer belly (kind of hard to tell by the pic), and longer beak.

Image 2 appears to be a forster tern due to the lighter wingtips and shorter beak.

If I'm correct, is it normal for the two to flock? Common terns are quite uncommon (ironic) in Florida; thus, I'm not used to seeing them.

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Both of these are Common Terns. Forster's Terns have lighter orange bills/legs, frostier primaries, whiter underparts, and longer tails.

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