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The wide black eye patch or mask of Forster's Tern is distinctive and diagnostic.

The dowitcher is in complete (or virtually so) juvenile plumage and has extensive orange markings on tertials, scapulars, and secondaries. Compare your bird with a juvenile Long-billed, paying particular attention to the tertials. This single feature makes distinguishing juvenile-plumaged dowitchers simple and easy. Just remember that it's this simple and this easy ONLY with juvenile plumage, so learn to determine what plumage a dowitcher (or any shorebird) is wearing before endeavoring to slap a name on it.

The first bird is an immature Common Yellowthroat.

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