[CT Birds] Banded oystercatchers

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Fri Jun 7 13:43:12 EDT 2013

Last night I cribbed a bit of Chris Elphick's request to keep an eye out for banded oystercatchers and put it as a note on the Daily Report.  Today I received a message from oystercatcher researcher Edie Ray suggesting that the site http://AMOYWG.org would be of interest.  The site includes an explanation of how to read the bands, along with a wealth of information about the American Oystercatcher Working Group. (AMOYWG).

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

--- On Thu, 6/6/13, elphick at sbcglobal.net <elphick at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> From: elphick at sbcglobal.net <elphick at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Banded oystercatchers
> To: "CTbirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:53 PM
> Hi everyone,
> While at Barn Island earlier in the week I photographed an
> oystercatcher in the small marsh on the edge of Wequetequock
> Cove (to the west of the parking area by the dike
> trail).  After I got home I noticed that the bird was
> banded with yellow bands on the upper leg. 
> Unfortunately I couldn't read the band numbers, but I sent
> the pictures to Sean Murphy who initiated oystercatcher
> banding in Massachusetts for his PhD a few years ago. 
> Sean says this is the first MA bird reported in CT, and
> would be very interested to know exactly which bird it
> is.  If anyone sees oystercatchers at Barn Island,
> please look carefully for bands and see if you can read the
> numbers/letters - these are field-readable bands, but you
> will likely need a scope.  
> And, of course, be on the lookout for any banded
> oystercatchers elsewhere in the state (I saw one a few years
> ago at Milford Point, but that one only had an aluminum band
> so there was no chance of getting the number, and Sean told
> me that another color banded bird  - though not from MA
> - was seen in CT recently).
> You can send info to me, and/or to Sean direct at: spmurp AT
> yahoo.com.
> Chris Elphick
> Storrs, CT

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