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Hello: <br/><br/>Just got home from errands and saw this posting by Erik. I thought I clarify this post to other birders on this listserv. <br/><br/>At around 830am Andy Nyhus and I were birding at the Superior Entry at the light house. I called Andy attention to 3 terns coming across from the entry from Minnesota into Wisconsin. One tern caught my attention as it was a adult tern. I noticed the pale under wing linings with a thin dark gray tips to the primary forming a thin line at the primary tips. I told Andy at the time this could be a Arctic Tern. <br/><br/>Andy proceeded to take photos as it flew down WI PT. I was never able to view the top view of the wings to clinch the ID as a Arctic Tern. <br/><br/>I then text Robbye Johnson who was with Eric and Ted at lot 1 at the time. Robbye text me that they did see a interesting tern but never claimed it was a Arctic Tern. Ted took photos of the tern and later that morning we compared photos and we all
 agreed that it was a POSSIBLE ARCTIC TERN. <br/><br/>Andy Nyhus emailed several experience birders and so far I gotten one reply that the tern we saw is a possible Arctic Tern. The tern is very gray from breast to neck, has a small and what appears to be a all red bill, it looks short necked and heavy pot bellied in the breast. The tail looks long but the black cap doesn't reach the gape as it should on Arctic Tern adults and also no one viewed the top wing pattern of this tern. So for now its just a possible Arctic Tern until its viewed again in better light and more details of this tern is observed. <br/><br/>After viewing Ted's photos and talking to Robbye Johnson they feel they "might of" photographed the same bird I and Andy observed. Also Ted's photos lacked the ID marks that Andy was able to photographed with his camera and also the tern was much closer to us vs. how far the tern was when they saw it later on at lot 1 on WI PT. <br/><br/>I ran
 into several Minnesota birders this morning and we found & photographed a first cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull on the Minnesota side if the break wall at the Superior Entry. Andy and I observed a juvenile Parasitic Jaeger and others observed another Parasitic Jaeger fly from Minnesota into Wisconsin.<br/><br/>Also another note: Erik posted photos yesterday on this listserv of a Long-tailed Jaeger and from what I am hearing from experience birders who studied these photos that the jaeger in the photos is NOT a Long-tailed Jaeger. Also a very experience birder who was at WI PT at the time inform the group that the jaeger they called a LTJA  was in fact a PAJA. The observation was nearly a 1/4 mile out and all jaegers at that distance in bad light look small. Also I and other birders have been photographing a adult light morph jaeger with extended central tail feathers that is fact a adult PAJA. <br/><br/>Hopefully tomorrow the
 tern will be re-found and its identity will be more definite. <br/><br/>Good birding. <br/><br/>Mike Hendrickson.<br/>Duluth, MN<br/><br/>Sent from Yahoo! Mail for iPhone

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