Two Arctic Terns were found by Al Guarante at Elk State Park on May 22.

Species: Arctic Tern    Sterna paradisaea
Date of Sighting: 22 May 2012 to 22 May 2012
County : ELK    Location : ELK STATE PARK
Observer(s): Al Guarente
Date of Submission: 2012
Submitted by: Al Guarente
Written Description: Yes    Photo: Yes      Specimen: No     Recording: No



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First Round Votes

9/27/2012 21:01 Mike Fialkovich Class I Diagnostic Photograph

9/19/2012 11:11 Cameron Rutt Class I Diagnostic Photograph The photos reveal a small tern with translucent primaries and small black tipping across the underside of the outermost primaries. This, in conjunction with two-toned gray upperwings (slightly darker gray upperwing coverts with paler primaries/secondaries), are a good match for Arctic Tern. A more detailed written description would be helpful, especially for bill coloration/pattern (something that was probably more readily visible in the field).

9/11/2012 21:58 Mike Lanzone Class I Diagnostic Photograph

8/14/2012 17:17 Drew Weber Class I Diagnostic Photograph Short bill, Arctic Tern body proportions, darker body and translucent flight feathers all align with the ID.

8/8/2012 14:39 Ben Coulter Class I Diagnostic Photograph

10/6/2012 0:23 Dave DeReamus Class IV-A – record is probably correct, but not beyond reasonable doubt. I feel that the written description is a little too vague to rule out similar terns and the photos don’t help at all in the identification.

10/7/2012 9:17 Devich Farbotnik Class I Diagnostic Photograph