The difference between 1983 and 1998 in Panama: "An entirely different subset of El Nino birds. Chief among them are Larus modestus, this AM 145 ind., many still in breeding plumage,Sterna elegans. Sterna lorata, Larus maculipennis, Larus cirrhocephalus, and a very very large number of Larus pipixan. No cormorants from the south, no boobies, no Inca terns. Going out tomorrow to docuemnt the ones that are not on the AOU list. I was blown away by the Grey Gulls and the Franklins. The latter were eating mosquito larvae on a big pond much like phalaropes." --Neal Smith SMITHN@tivoli.si.edu.
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