Upper Mary: Sanderling, 2 Common Tern
2 Oct 2017, 12:27 PM,
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Upper Mary: Sanderling, 2 Common Tern
Juvenile Sanderling and a Baird's in the very SE end of the Lake.  The last 10 yds of water in the tiny, tiny cove closest to the road.  Scoped them from the window of my car.

2 terns hunting N end of lake, don't know where they are now.  Wings were uniform gray above, not lighter out past wrist (not Forster's).  Black around back of head, not just an eye patch (not Forster's).  Appeared all white below (body and wings).  Can't always pick out small details of flapping wings with scope.  Would dark tips of primaries be visible this time of year on upper wing - I didn't see any?  Arctic has uniform gray upper wings with no black edge on primaries.  But, did look like blackish leading edge on patagium when it turned toward me, so that pushes it back to Common.  Just a long way to say a little bit of doubt.
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2 Oct 2017, 1:02 PM,
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RE: Upper Mary: Sanderling, 2 Common Tern
Great find! Here's a pic of the Sanderling enjoying a small snack. Bonus points for anyone who can identify the snack item...

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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2 Oct 2017, 6:19 PM,
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RE: Upper Mary: Sanderling, 2 Common Tern
A larval stage fish?
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