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Checklist S39153010

 
Location
NC, Mecklenburg Co. - Lake Norman, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:00 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
4
Duration:
1 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
6.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Kevin Metcalf
Species
8 species (+1 other taxa) total
4
Mallard
1
gull sp.

Large gull sp. Distant, flying east over the Davidson Channel of Lake Norman.

1
Sooty Tern

From boat on Lake Norman. Well seen and photographed by all observers. I observed the tern starting around 6:15 pm and it was in and out of view for about 20-25 minutes, always in flight over water. Clearly a tern from shape - forked tail, long, pointed wings, long pointed bill. Dark mantle - looking blackish at a distance. Underwing showed white wing-linings but underside of primaries dark. Black cap down to eye, but with a white forehead. Bill black. Separated from Bridled Tern by more extensively dark underside of primaries, color of mantle nearly black with no discernible contrast with black cap. White on forehead not as extensive. Tail mostly blackish above. Photos should be diagnostic: Other observers obtained better photos. Also present for comparison were Black Tern and two Common Terns.

© Kevin Metcalf

Sooty Tern over Lake Norman, Mecklenburg Co. NC

© Kevin Metcalf

Sooty Tern over Lake Norman, Mecklenburg Co., NC

© Kevin Metcalf

Sooty Tern over Lake Norman, Mecklenburg Co., NC

1
Black Tern

© Kevin Metcalf

2
Common Tern

Two staying together over Lake Norman. Photographed.

© Kevin Metcalf

1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
1
Osprey
1
American Crow
1
Barn Swallow
 

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Yes