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Checklist S46510785

 
Location
Breezy Point Tip, Queens County, New York, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:32 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 48 minute(s)
Distance:
2.404 mile(s)
Observers:
Peter Paul
Comments:
Strong SSE winds (around 20 mph)
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.36
Species
19 species total
20
Breeding Code
FL Recently Fledged Young (Confirmed)
4
1
90
ML104255251

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
15
50
25
50
Breeding Code
N Visiting Probable Nest Site (Probable)
130

Including one banded bird, at least four first year birds, and one second summer bird.

ML104255271

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255281

© Peter Paul

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ML104255291

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
1

**Very rare - first documented record for the location, and I believe for the county.

Short and dark-red-legged sterna with a round head, and long, light primaries. In flight, a slim black trailing edge to the primaries. Bulging white forhead, with a black mask that encompasses the eye.
The all-black bill is slightly longer than I'd want it to be for a slam dunk ARTE, but within range. The carpal bar is dark, but within range for either species, as that fieldmark is variable. The birds were all a bit hunkered down facing the strong winds.

The bird flew in to the group of roosting COTEs near the jetty, and was in view for six minutes before it flew off. I was immediately drawn to it because of its short legged appearance. I next noticed it's rounder head and relatively shorter and slimmer bill. I took as many photos as I could in the time that the bird was present. I stayed for 15 or 20 minutes or so after it left the group trying to refind it, with no luck. The group of terns seemed to be continually rotating with new birds coming in frequently.

Arctic Tern Breezy Point

ML104255351

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255361

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255371

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255381

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255391

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255411

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255421

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104255431

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
ML104259851

© Peter Paul

Average Quality
3
2
4
1
3
6
2
3
2
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes