Wayne R. Petersen
For the second issue in a row your At a Glance editor is offering readers a gift mystery species to identify—at least perhaps it will feel like a gift. Clearly the bird in question is either a gull or a tern. Most of its features lead more in the direction of a tern, such as the bird’s noticeably pointed wings with a sharp crook at the “elbow,” possibly a sharp-pointed tail, a stout black bill, a dark spot behind the eye—the latter two also possible gull features—and an overall white or frosty coloration, although some gull plumages may appear similarly pale. Note also the hint of a dusky tone under the primaries—another feature shared by many gulls and terns.
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