Date: 8/8/17 7:02 pm From: Al Stokie <alstokie99...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET Information On The 3 Waukegan Piping Plovers
Hello Again Bird People,
Although I have already done 1 report today I just rec'd some info from the Piping Plover organization which may be of some interest to those who check leg bands & are curious about where the migrant Piping Plovers originated. The 3 Waukegan Piping Plovers were 2 juveniles & 1 adult. Here's that information:
Arrived on Wed 7-26-17 & originally was hanging around on the main swimming beach after being seen flying along the lake from north to south.
Right Leg has a silver F&W band at the top & a green band at the bottom Left Leg has no band at the top & an orange band at the bottom
This juvenile was hatched this Summer at Silver Lake State Park in Michigan
First seen by me on Wed 8-2-17 but was seen by other Lake County birders a day or 2 earlier. This bird seemed to prefer to hang around on the fisherman's pier & the nearby beach going north.
Right Leg has a silver F&W band at the top & a blue band with #16 on it at the bottom Left Leg has no band at the top & an orange band with a red dot at the bottom
This juvenile was hatched this Summer at Muskegon State Park in Michigan
(Note that both juveniles have the same band pattern with the only difference being the band on the bottom right leg where one has a green band & the other a blue band.)
This bird arrived on Friday afternoon 8-4-17 & as far as I know was only seen by Tim Wallace who got photos of it as well as of all 3 Piping Plovers together. Also, as far as I know this adult was a one day wonder & was not seen again. This Plover still had the adult black breast band & black on the head. Lots of bands on this guy!
Right Leg has an orange band at the top, a blue band in the middle & another orange band at the bottom Left Leg has the silver F&W band at the top, a yellow band in the middle & no band at the bottom.
(Note that when adults return for nesting they get additional bands which is why this one has more bands than the 2 juveniles.)
This adult was hatched in 2014 Gulliver, Michigan & began breeding in 2016 at Grand Marais, MI so he's been around a while.
That's all the info I have & I find all this stuff pretty interesting! Perhaps some of you will too. Keep your eyes open to see if you can re-find any of these Plovers as they move south.
Al Stokie (Watcher of Piping Plovers)
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