late gull-billed tern south san diego bay – request for photos/band info
Thanks Dave et al. for reporting the extremely late gull-billed tern around South San Diego Bay (9/24 Tijuana rivermouth, 11/12 Tijuana Estuary/Seacoast Dr, 11/17 saltworks, other dates?). It appears to be a young of the year that we banded at saltworks with metal service band left and yellow flag band right, with black alphanumeric on each side of the flag (single-digit letter followed by single-digit number). If anyone has clear enough photos to read the alphanumeric on the flag, please let me know – we're hoping to identify this individual since it's one of only 13-21 that fledged this year. The saltworks breeding colony has rebounded to 38-41 pairs following the parasite-induced mass mortality event of 2013. Most migrate south in July, with the last sightings other than this individual appearing to be in early August.
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports