Checklist S14080812

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Owner Louis Bevier

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low overcast with light rain, 65° F, southerly breeze; a day of downpours and thunderstorms

Observations

  1. Number observed: 2
  2. Number observed: 2
  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 7
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 5 2
  5. Number observed: 35
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 33 2
  6. Number observed: 1

    Details: An adult flew south, downstream, over the dam and followed the river out of sight toward Fairfield. A large tern--well, the largest tern--that appeared slightly smaller than a small Herring Gull, with similarly proportioned wings that were more rakish and sharply pointed at the primary tips. The ventral side of the primaries were black on both wings. The bill was stout, arched, and deep red in color. The crown was black. The upperparts were very pale gray, becoming white on rump and tail. The underparts were clean white. Unfortunately, I had just packed to leave; so camera was in the car and off. I did manage to retrieve it and get a few shots of the bird before it rounded the bend 1/2 mile downstream.

    Rare in Maine, with at most only a few seen annually from late April to October (most often in late summer and fall, but also spring, though seemingly less frequently). Nearly all are seen along the coast despite this species penetrating inland to the Champlain area and the St. Lawrence. Very rare inland in Maine and perhaps unrecorded for Somerset and Kennebec Cos. (the bird flew over both counties here).

    Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) over Kennebec River, Fairfield & Benton, Maine 11 May 2013Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) over Kennebec River, Fairfield & Benton, Maine

  7. Number observed: 26

    Details: one immature perched on logs; a flock of 25 flying upriver in a V

  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 1
  10. Number observed: 2
  11. Number observed: 40
  12. Number observed: 2
  13. Number observed: 1
  14. Number observed: 1
  15. Number observed: 1

    Details: singing