Date: 4/7/21 7:06 pm From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Subject: [Tweeters] White-headed Woodpeckers - April is Citizen Science Month
It's April -- Global Citizen Science Month.
If you're in Yakima or Kittitas Counties, please keep an eye out for color banded White-headed Woodpeckers. Share your finds with biologist Jeff Kozma at <kozj...>
Your White-headed Woodpecker eBird entry with a note that you didn't look for leg bands, or looked for but weren't able to see leg bands, or saw colors on just one leg helps too. But Jeff doesn't get eBird information magically, so send him a link to your lists. Pictures of birds with leg bands are great!
I used to search for White-headed Woodpecker eBird sightings, and read the descriptions and look for leg bands in the photos and on Flickr, but have not been up for that for a while. Late this winter my wife & I found a female White-headed Woodpecker that was missing last year & sent Jeff photos and her location. Jeff tracked her and her mate down soon after. We had banded her in 2015. She's at least eight years old!
They have two bands on each leg. Leg band colors include silver (aluminum), white, red, mauve (pale purple), orange, green, light green, pink, yellow, and blue. When reporting colors, please list right leg first, then left leg. For example, the right leg was Orange over Metal and the left leg was Yellow over Blue. In this case, Orange is closest to the body and Metal closest to the foot, and Yellow closest to the body and Blue closest to the foot. Please note, right and left are the birds right and left legs, not your right and left as you perceive the bird.
Jeff really cares for the birds and his study has been fruitful. Kudos to him for becoming the lead author and updating the Birds of the World White-headed Woodpecker species account.