I’m no expert on terns, well to be honest, I’m like Winnie the Pooh, a bear with a small brain. So when it comes to id-ing them I’m probably not going to get it right all the time.
I’ve only ever come in contact with these terns once before. Was with a group of birdos looking at about 14 birds sitting on individual posts in far out in the water when one said, “Oh, that bird 4th from the left is White-winged Black Tern.” And then the ‘scopes came out and discussion ensued for the next 20 minutes or more, and to be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference between any of them.
And in the meantime, because that is the way of things, the birds have taken a new name. No longer Black, they are simply White-winged Terns.
It seems that there are two breeding areas, one in Europe…
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