[CT Birds] FW: Marked Piping Plovers from NJ and MA

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed Aug 1 08:04:52 EDT 2012

A note from the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds regarding color marked Piping Plovers.  Please also send any reports you may have to ctwaterbirds at gmail.com, along with an estimate of how much time you were out looking for them.  Thanks!

Patrick Comins
From: Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds [ctwaterbirds at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:21 PM
Subject: Marked Piping Plovers from NJ and MA

Here is a request for information on marked Piping Plovers sent to us via the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. To view this in our blog and the photo of the marked Piping Plover mentioned in this email, please check out this entry: http://ctwaterbirds.blogspot.com/2012/07/marked-piping-plovers-from-nj-and-ma.html

A few dozen Piping Plovers were banded in NJ and MA this breeding season in conjunction with a flight behavior project being carried out by the State University of NY – ESF. Although resighting these birds on their migratory and wintering grounds is not a primary objective of the project, the presence of marked birds in these locations provides an opportunity to learn more about the way Atlantic coast breeders use the rest of their range.

These birds were only marked with upper leg bands, so be sure to closely inspect any piping plovers you see before dismissing them as bandless. New Jersey birds were marked with two color bands on the upper legs and Massachusetts birds were marked with one color band on each upper leg. Colors used this year include: yellow, orange, green, black, gray, light blue, and blue. If you see a marked Piping Plover, please write down the location, date, behavior of bird, a detailed description of the bands (see below) and send to:

Michelle Avis, State University of NY – Syracuse, michelle.stantial at gmail.com<mailto:michelle.stantial at gmail.com>
Chris Davis, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Christina.Davis at dep.state.nj.us<mailto:Christina.Davis at dep.state.nj.us>

To describe a band combination:

Type: color band (there are only color bands on these birds, no flags or metal bands)

Colors: as exact as possible – yellow, orange, green, black, gray, light blue, and blue. There may be two bands of the same color placed over each other on a leg (this may look like one tall band).

Location on bird’s leg: all bands from this project will be on upper legs (above the ‘knee’).

Please note if you are unsure of any of the bands or if you did not see all parts of the leg clearly.

The Piping Plover above would be described as: Green/Yellow upper left, nothing lower left, Green/Black upper right, nothing lower right

Thank you all for keeping an eye out!

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x308 (note, I currently do not have a phone at my desk, but will check messages, email is a quicker way to reach me right now)
Fax: (203)264-6332

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