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15 Cards in this Set

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Amphipods (Beach Hopper, Beach Flea, Sand Digger)
1. Hopper, long antennas, found high on beach
2. Flea, found high on beach
3. Digger, found lower on beach
Arthropods (Horeshoe, Ghost, and Mole Crabs)
1. Ghost, primarily crupusculan (between dusk and dawn), usually remain in burrows during day
2. Mole, two kinds of antennas, one for food and one for breathing
Basic Differences between Gulls and Terns
1. Terns are more graceful and streamlined
2. Terns have deeper wing beats, gulls shallow
3. Terns fly with head and bill down, gulls straight
4. Terns have forked tail, gulls rounded
5. Terns dive in water for fish, gulls on surface
6. Sexually immature gulls have speckled heads
Herring Gull
1. Most common, feed on anything
2. White heads, yellow bill with red spot
3. Four year gull, takes four years to attain sexual maturity
Laughing Gull
1. Mostly found during warmer months
2. Black head during breeding plumage
3. Bill and feet are redish
4. Three year gull
Great Black Backed Gull
1. White head and breat, black back
2. Largest gull, sit on lightposts on Bay Bridge
3. Four year gull
Ring-Billed Gull
1. Looks like herring but smaller
2. Yellow legs and bill with a black ring around
3. Three year gull
Common Tern
1. Orange/red bill with a black tip and legs
Caspian Tern
1. Orange/red bill with a tiny black tip and legs
2. Largest, found throughout bay all year-round
Royal Tern
1. Yellow bill no tip, black legs
2. Feathers off head like a merganser
Least Tern
1. Yellow bill with black tip, white visor
2. Smallest
1. Found primarily in lower bay
Ruddy Turnstone
1. Stocky, rust colored back, white breast with black bib
2. Turn over stones
1. Smaller than stones, black bills and feet
2. Little guys that follow the surf
1. Large, double size of sanderling
2. White feather pattern when in flies