Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2021-40
|Scientific name:||Sternula antillarum|
|Date:||28 May 2021|
|Length of time observed:||3 hours|
|Distance to bird:||Variable|
|Optical equipment:||Zeiss Victory HT 8x42 binoculars|
|Description: Size of bird:||Small|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||Tern|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||White|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||Straight, pointed|
Field Marks and
Small tern with yellow bill and black tip. Prominent white forehead, black cap.
Short forked tail. Outer wings with black leading edge. White underparts.
|Song or call & method of delivery:|
|Behavior:||Quick wing beats flying. Frequent diving into the pond for fish. Landed on the tee box of the 4th hole of the Sunbrook (Blackrock) golf course.|
were they eliminated:
Common Tern - should have a black forehead, orangish bill..
Forsters Tern - these are seen in our area but they have a black forehead and orangish bill as well. .
this & similar species:
|I have seen the Least Tern previously in coastal Texas, coastal Florida and coastal New Jersey. I have seen Forster's Terns at this pond and elsewhere in Utah.|
Sibley Guide to Birds
National Geographic Field Guide of North America
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
|Observer's address:||1854 Stonebridge Drive #114, St. George, Utah 84770|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Paul Jaussi, Steve Sommerfeld, Mike Schijf and others|
|Date prepared:||21 June 2021|
This bird was initially seen incidentally from the back patio of our home on
3 flying photos of this bird submitted