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Re: [CALBIRDS] Peregrine Falcon band

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  • Gjon_Hazard@r1.fws.gov
    Bill and Calbirders: Although someone out there might know the researcher who is doing the banding, the USGS Bird Banding Lab (BBL) coordinates bird band
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 4, 2003
      Bill and Calbirders:

      Although someone out there might know the researcher who is doing the
      banding, the USGS Bird Banding Lab (BBL) coordinates bird band observations
      and provides folks with several ways to report bands (and other markings).

      Please see their website for details:


      Or phone 1-800-327-BAND (2263). This is to report a band, not for

      The BBL will take your information and forward it to the appropriate

      This is not just for raptors, but for all birds. Many waterbirds,
      shorebirds, gulls, and terns have been banded or otherwise marked. It is
      even possible to see color-banded landbirds (though they're a bit more
      difficult). Keep your eyes open. This is one way that you-all can turn
      your day of birding into a "citizen science" endeavor. We birders have all
      the necessary equipment and skills to contribute significantly to the
      knowledge of bird movement and longevity.

      Sometimes researchers will just put on a USFWS aluminum band. Unless you
      can read the number, just seeing a single aluminum band won't help the
      researcher very much (they're counting on it being caught again). But some
      birds are marked with color bands. Sometimes this marks birds of a
      particular area or age class, and some with multiple colors, identifies
      specific individual birds (each combination of colors in specific positions
      relative to the other bands is unique).

      If you see a color-marked bird:

      * Record the color(s) as best you can (distinguish between the
      aluminum USFWS band and other color bands, be as specific with the shade as
      possible -- e.g., light green vs. dark green, or whatever),

      * Note the bands' positions and which leg each is on (typically
      they're read as you'd read an open book, left leg top-to-bottom, right leg
      top-to-bottom [usually left or right relative to the bird]),

      * Record the standard basic field notes info (who, what, where, when,
      how), and any other pertinent information (e.g., the age or condition of
      the bird).

      If you're lucky, as Bill was with this peregrine (which has a fairly large
      band with relatively easy to read numbers, but nevertheless a good
      observation), you'll be able to read the actual number. With some patience
      and good optics, you can even read the numbers of a moderately sized bands
      (like on a gull or tern).

      Good luck, and keep your eyes peeled as the birds migrate through this
      fall. The shorebirds are already well on the move and I bet there are
      several out there right now with bands waiting to be read.


      Gjon C. Hazard
      Branch Chief, Recovery and Permits
      Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
      6010 Hidden Valley Road
      Carlsbad, CA 92009 USA
      Voice: 760/431-9440x287
      FAX: 760/431-9624
      E-mail: Gjon_Hazard@...

      To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
      08/04/2003 04:33 cc:
      PM Subject: [CALBIRDS] Peregrine Falcon band

      At Bolsa Chica in Orange County today (Aug 4) there were two immature
      Peregrine Falcons. At least one was banded with black on the left and
      silver on the right. I was close enough to see the numbers on the black
      band which were
      C37. If the bander( or anyone else ) knows where and when this bird was
      banded I would appreciate hearing about it.

      Bill Sauer
      Huntington Beach

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