[CT Birds] Tagged and banded Mallards

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Mon Sep 1 19:17:47 EDT 2014

Does anyone have any information about a Mallard banding/tagging  
program using bright yellow bill/nares tags? I spotted 5 eclipse drake  
Mallards today in the Leetes Farm Marsh in Guilford this morning with  
these bright yellow nares tags. One of the birds flew and it looked  
like it also had a leg band. I am not sure if this is a State banding  
program, or a private program, or maybe escaped birds from an aviary  
of private collection.

Shorebirds in the marsh included three dozen Yellowlegs (about 50/50  
Greater/Lesser), many Kildeer, a few Semi-palmated Plovers, 3  
Short-billed Dowitcher, only 50 Semi-palmated and Least  
Sandpiper....with one larger unidentified Semi-palmated type with  
unusual plumage, leg color and bright plumage color.

K Mueller

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