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Caspian Terns and Sanderlings at Kirby

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Once again, Lake Kirby has produced a couple of more rarities for the Big Country. This Caspian Tern (above) was spotted and photographed August 30, 2008, by Lorie Black.

A week later (September 6), another Caspian Tern was seen but with a juvenile:

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Lorie thinks this is a different adult tern from the one seen last week. The one last week had a pronounced black tip; this bird did not. The juvenile was posturing and begging to be fed!

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And if that’s not enough excitement for you, a couple of Sanderlings were present also:

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Both species are rare for the Big Country. Other sightings for this weekend can be found on our Sightings page.