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Immature Common/Roseate Tern, New York

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Nickerson Beach Park, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. June 4, 2019

Not sure if this is a first summer Common Tern or Roseate Tern. Help and explanation would be much appreciated.IMG_E6347.thumb.JPG.9c2708bc57d46682f9481faffd77b161.JPG

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I'm not an expert on terns, so make sure you get other inputs, but the fact that it doesn't have a very prominent spot on its scapulars (like common does) makes me think that you've got a Roseate Tern.

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Looking at my Nat. Geo. guide I think you have first summer Roseate Tern.  The lack of a dark carpal bar (should be visible at roughly 'shoulder' location when at rest) differentiates from Common Tern.

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12 hours ago, Mark5 said:

Looking at my Nat. Geo. guide I think you have first summer Roseate Tern.  The lack of a dark carpal bar (should be visible at roughly 'shoulder' location when at rest) differentiates from Common Tern.

I agree.

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