On January 1st I went birding at some beachside spots in Volusia County. I saw a few banded birds, including this Royal Tern who was loafing in a group of about 10 terns, 4 of which wore metal bands. This bird had a color band, making it easier to identify.
I submitted the sighting to the USGS and received the following certificate, which shows that the bird was banded as a chick in 2021 in Virginia. I love finding banded birds and finding out their history.