The wing (patagial) tag leads me to think this hawk was translocated from O'hare Airport by the USDA - APHIS wildlife biologists. You can report the description of the wing tag color and number to: <craig.k.pullins...> I reported one last September from Lombard (green tag with white numbers 100), turns out it was a newly fledged RTHA relocated from ORD from Oct/2010 to a state park in Winnebago Co. (50 miles away). Initially it took some emails and a few days before I was pointed to the person to contact in reporting these airport wing tags, they will appreciate the reporting! Henry Kim - DuPage Co.
-------- Original message -------- From: "'Gerald Batsford' <batsfordg...> [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply...> Date: 5/8/18 11:28 AM (GMT-06:00) To: <ilbirds...> Subject: IBET bird wing band?
I am looking at a perched Red Tailed Hawk with what appears to be a large bluish gray wing band on its right wing – it takes up about a third of the wing surface? I think I see the number 13 on this band. Am I seeing things or is this a standard method of banding a hawk? Gerry BatsfordLincolnshire