Date: 11/8/17 6:30 am
From: Emily Heiser <emily.heiser...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] The Shorebird Show
Hi Harvey & all,

American Oystercatcher banding in New Jersey has evolved over the years
using various types of bands and band codes. The current format is an
orange band with a triangle alpha-numeric code. Double digit alpha-numeric
codes were used up until the last two or three years. The switch was made
range-wide to account for more band combinations. The colors have
historically indicated which state the bird was banded in (NJ - orange, VA
- black, MA - yellow, etc). Be aware of yellow as the early NJ orange
bands have faded to yellow over the years. In recent years, states have
clumped colors together - now NY & NJ are sharing orange bands. Please
report all band resights for AMOY to the American Oystercatcher Working
Group. Here is the link to the report form:

The general AMOY WG website also discusses more information on banding,
resighting and AMOY conservation.

Good resighting,

Emily Heiser

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:05 AM, Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin...>

> Hi Jersey Birders,
> I spent a few hours at Stone Harbor Point yesterday and the Shorebird show
> (4k) that was reported on Whats App continues.
> I walked up over the dune from the parking lot and found 80+
> Oystercatchers.
> What made them interesting is the 12 birds I photographed that were banded.
> Unlike Sanderlings or Semipalmated Sandpipers that have a "flag" the
> Oystercatchers have 2 large bands.
> One on each leg displaying the same color and number.
> Reading the numbers wasn't as easy as I thought it would be and the format
> on each band was a bit different from bird to bird.
> I started to load them into the Shorebird Resighting web page (http://
> ) and found some of the band numbers were incomplete
> meaning I had only gotten part of the number.
> I found 3 colors. Black, orange and yellow.
> I assume they represent different banding locations but maybe just
> individual banders ?
> Other species at the Point included: Red Knots, Westerns, Sanderlings,
> Semi-Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, Turnstones, an early Purple Sandpiper,
> and the ever present Dunlin.
> When leaving I flushed a Yellow-billed Cuckoo along the access road.
> I didn't see any of the Orange-crowned Warblers Tom Reed had posted from
> the day before.
> At least 1 bird always seems to linger into winter there.
> Fun time at the Point as always.
> Good Birding
> Harvey Tomlinson
> Del Haven NJ
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
> reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to <njbrcreport...>
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Emily Heiser
Wildlife Biologist
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
*Keeping New Jersey's Wildlife in our Future*

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