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Sandwich Terns from central Texas:

1) An adult-type with more than the normal amount of yellow in the bill:

More images of the above bird:

2) A first-winter from September 20, 2008 that has retained a significant amount of orange in the bill (or could this be a hybrid?):

Two more September HY birds for comparison:


Three late July juveniles with extensive orange in the bill:



8) - here's a somewhat more typical juvenile from the same time-period: