Mucho Black Terns(Mono Lake)

From: Bartshe Miller
Date: 8/20/99
Time: 6:01:33 PM
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Dave Marquart sighted Black Terns off Navy Beach this afternoon. I joined him later in the afternoon (between 4:45 pm and 5:30) and together we counted at least 113 Black Terns. The birds were in three bunches between South Tufa and Navy Beach and just east of Navy Beach. Some were perched on shoreline and small tufa while many were in flight very low over the water picking off alkali flies from the surface. They were calling and in transition between winter and breeding plumage--looking very mottled. .