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Common Tern Sighting

I saw a small tern circling on top of the main Agops pond. I had trouble identifying it in the field. I took some photos and shared with David Rankin, Kevin Gin and Matt Grube. They suggested possibility of a Common Tern which was confirmed by Curtis Marantz and Chet McGaugh. Some field marks pointed out by them were:

Chet: “the combination of black hind crown, dark carpal bar, gray suffusion on the underparts, and the dark inner web to the outer primary”

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Western Screech-Owl Sighting

While I walked back from work around 8:30 pm today, I heard and recorded hooting which sounded like an owl. With help of Kevin Gin and Matt Grube, I was able to identify the bird as a Western Screech-Owl. Later, I was also able to see and photograph the bird confirming it’s identity.

Western Screech-Owl