[CT Birds] Piping Plovers

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Mon Mar 22 15:31:00 EDT 2010


This was stolen from RIBirds, but I think is of obvious  interest to many 
in CT:
 
Tuesday afternoon, March 16, on the beach at Kiawah Island,  South Carolina 
the second color-banded Bahamas Piping Plover was seen by Aaron  Given, a 
biologist with the Town of Kiawah. This bird was banded on Barbary  Beach, 
Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas January 27, 2010. Kiawah is ~425 air  miles 
from Barbary Beach. No pictures are available, but the identification is  
solid. [The initial US resighting was of an Andros Island, Bahamas plover in  
north Florida on March 12th.] 
 
Today, the FOY Massachusetts Piping Plover was seen on Duxbury  Beach. 
 
Please keep your eyes open on New York beaches and sandflats  for The 
Bahamas birds!
 
PIPING PLOVERS COLOR-MARKED IN THE BAHAMAS – In an effort to  determine 
where Piping Plovers wintering in The Bahamas are staging during  migration, 
and breeding, 57 birds were uniquely color-marked this winter in The  Bahamas 
for Environment Canada by Sidney Maddock and Peter Doherty, with help  from 
The Bahamas National Trust. Each bird has a black flag (band with a tab  
sticking out slightly) on the upper left leg, nothing on the upper right, a  
single color band on one lower leg, and two color bands (which can be the same 
 color on top of each other) on the other lower leg. Colors used included: 
red,  orange, yellow, white, light green, dark green, dark blue, and black. 
Please  report all sightings to CHERI GRATTO-TREVOR, Prairie and Northern 
Wildlife  Research Centre, Environment Canada, 115 Perimeter Road, Saskatoon, 
SK S7N 0X4  Canada (EM: _cheri.gratto-trevor at ec.gc.ca_ 
(mailto:cheri.gratto-trevor at ec.gc.ca) ),  noting the color and location of each band on the bird, 
and location and  behaviour of the bird (on nest or brood, foraging at 
migratory stop-over, etc.),  as well as presumed sex of the bird, if possible. 
 
Peter Doherty
leasttern AT hotmail.com
Virginia Beach, VA  23451
formerly of Carolina, RI
 

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