Least Tern (Sternula antillarum), Dairy near Stanfield, Pinal County
This Least Tern was
found and photographed by Doug Jenness on 10 August 2020
Rare in Arizona and casual in Pinal Co.
An immature LETE is particularly unusual in the state.
Once a casual visitor to Arizona, this species has
increased in recent years and the first nesting
record for the state was in 2010 in Glendale. It is
nearly annual in the Phoenix and Willcox areas in mid
May and June. Casual in Pinal County, this is only 3rd report in the county since 2000.
Most records are of adults.
On this tern note
the dark carpal bar, yellowish legs, black bill and
10 August 2020, photo by Doug JennessAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 13 August 2020