Hi Dick et al.,

I agree with Gene Stoccardo that the bird is a Black Skimmer. Cinday and
Kurt Radamaker and I disussed the ID last night. The bird is missing its
head and wings, which makes it look much smaller than it is. I do think the
red visible on the "left" side of the bird is a leg. The tail pattern fits
nicely with skimmer, as does the black above/white below plumage.

Best regards,


Bill Pranty
Brandon, Florida
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Annotated List (1992).

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