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Early Date Forster's Tern juv

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

Hi Folks,
     Kevin Lafferty took and transmitted a digital photo today of 2 Least Terns foraging at Devereux Slough mouth.  That prompted me to look at Goleta Beach and Goleta Bay for terns.  There were 6 or 7 Forster's Terns in the bay, mostly around the buoys at the E end of the bay.  Among them was 1 juvenile Forsters seen well from the UCSB cliffs looking down on the birds as they flew by. 
    BOSB mentions an early date in SB Co. for juvenile Forster's Tern as 8 August.  This precedes that obviously.  Yet it does not seem that unlikely that juv FoTe would arrive on the coast in July.  Perhaps we have not looked hard enough.
Mark
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Mark Holmgren, Associate Curator             805 893-4098
Museum of Systematics and Ecology         fax  893-4724
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
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Slobird@...
 

Mark Holmgren's statement that Forster's Terns could be showing up in late
July on the coast (Devereux Slough) is further substantiated by what I saw at
the Santa Maria River mouth yesterday: a juvenile Forster's Tern's nonstop
"begging" call to an adjacent solitary adult.

Greg Smith
Morro Bay, CA