When I do my shorebird surveys, I am always on the lookout for banded birds. This past Monday (Memorial Day), I spotted a banded Semipalmated Sandpiper (SESA) feeding in a flock of over 1,000 SESAs. It took some patience, but finally I managed a clean look at the flag/tag and additionally managed a digiscope photo. Here is the bird, which I reported in and will await an update on when it was banded and where. If you see a banded bird, I encourage to document and report the information. Two websites I use are Patuxent Wildlife Research Center bird Banding Laboratory which covers a wide range of banded bird types and Banded Birds, which caters specifically to shorebirds.
Tags: Semipalmated Sandpiper, Big Egg Marsh, Jamaica Bay, Queens