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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

"The white forehead, yellow bill, and dark-washed outer primaries are good marks for a breeding Least."

Breeding adult Leasts have more black on their crowns, black lores, and paler bills.

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3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

"The white forehead, yellow bill, and dark-washed outer primaries are good marks for a breeding Least."

(Sez the guy who only learned to ID them about a month ago.)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Least_Tern/

 

In addition to Akandula's comments... the thickness of the bill and overall general size  of this Royal Tern. As many IDs... the more field marks you can see or eliminate will point you to the correct ID.

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Ya know, I looked back at this now and don’t have the slightest clue. what I was thinking.  It wasn’t the middle of the night, I had drunk maybe half a cider, the dog wasn’t chewing on me.  I must have just had my head up my cloaca again, because it doesn’t make a bit of sense.

My apologies to all involved. 

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