[CT Birds] Be on the lookout for color banded Piping Plovers

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Mar 26 13:58:22 EDT 2010

Dear CT Birders:
          Below is a message from Peter Doherty about a project to relocate color-banded Piping Plovers that were banded in wintering areas this year.  Please see below for more information including how to report sightings.  Please be mindful of not disturbing these state and federally threatened species in the process.


Greetings, All.
While you are in the field this year, kindly keep a lookout for color-banded PIPL. Please report sightings per the notice below.  Images of the birds marked in The Bahamas may be viewed at www.cvwo.org<http://www.cvwo.org/> as noted below.

During Jan-Feb 2010 fifty-seven Piping Plovers were color marked on three islands in The Bahamas. Kindly keep an eye out for these birds during the spring and fall migration and  the breeding season. Sightings, including those about which the observer is uncertain (note: there a very few color-banded Piping Plovers in the Atlantic population so one with a black flag is likely from The Bahamas), may be reported per the instructions below.

Additional information and pictures of The Bahamas Plovers may be found in the CVWO at First Landing blog of February 24, 2010 by visiting www.cvwo.org<http://www.cvwo.org/> .

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.  Thanks for any assistance!

Best, Peter

Peter Doherty
leasttern at hotmail.com<mailto:leasttern at hotmail.com>
214-B 84th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-470-0774 (cell)
757-321-0255 (local)

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x305
Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins at audubon.org<mailto:pcomins at audubon.org>

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