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Checklist S46379175

 
Location
Cape Hatteras NS--Salt Pond, Dare County, North Carolina, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:03 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
1 hour(s), 39 minute(s)
Distance:
0.94 mile(s)
Observers:
David Disher , Marbry Hopkins List , Susan Disher List
Comments:
N/A
Submitted from eBird Android, version 1.8.3
Species
34 species total
12
Canada Goose
1
American Black Duck
2
Green-winged Teal

Male and female. Dark head and white bar down side. Small dark bill. On water first then flew off with fast wing beats.

1
Great Egret
1
Green Heron
1
Roseate Spoonbill

Continuing. Pink bird with spatula type bill. Flying from pond toward the north.

4
Turkey Vulture
2
Osprey
3
American Oystercatcher
2
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
2
Killdeer
1
Red Knot
4
Short-billed Dowitcher
2
Willet (Eastern)
4
Laughing Gull
3
Herring Gull
7
Great Black-backed Gull
1
Least Tern
3
Gull-billed Tern
1
Roseate Tern

My first impression of this bird was that it was possibly a Roseate Tern mainly due to the lack of dark feathers in the primaries and the very long outer tail feathers along with the snappy flight and small black bill. We watched it fly in from the south and circle over the south end of the salt pond for about 10-15 seconds before it flew back toward the south over the dunes. We first ebirded this bird as Sterna sp." because we wanted to study more on the field marks and we did not have any photos. Notes were made same day as sighting. All three of us have seen many many Forster's and Common Terns and knew this was something that was different. We have only had one previous experience with Roseate Terns in another state. This was a smallish, very light colored black-capped tern with very long white outer tail feathers. It had a snappy flight and small black bill. The bill was much smaller and thinner than the bill of the Gull-billed Terns that were flying around the pond (there were no Common or Forster's Terns in the area which would have been a better comparison). The bird was also much smaller than the Royal and the Sandwich Terns that were in the area and larger than the Least Terns. Susan said she had the impression of a pink on the chest. We did not see a light grayish chest nor any darker feathers in the wing such as the primary feathers or carpals on the bird that would point toward a Common Tern. After circling the south end of the pond the bird flew to the south over the dune lines in the direction of the roped off nesting areas. After discussion we felt that all of these identification points pointed to Roseate. No photos could be taken.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
2
Royal Tern
2
Common Nighthawk
2
Fish Crow
4
Barn Swallow
1
American Robin
2
Brown Thrasher
3
Northern Mockingbird
2
European Starling
1
Eastern Towhee
4
Northern Cardinal
1
Eastern Meadowlark
4
Red-winged Blackbird
4
Boat-tailed Grackle
 

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Yes