web analytics

Posts Tagged "band"

Purple Martins

Posted on Jul 15, 2015

Purple Martins

Purple Martins (Progne subis) are a unique species even among other unique birds! These sizable aerial insectivores nest only within human-manufactured cavities including gourds, apartments and other types of boxes essentially everywhere to the east of the Rocky Mountains. This is due to Native Americans hosting them in gourds for thousands of years, slowly shifting their breeding behavior to using artificial structures as it was such a successful and mutually beneficial relationship. Without our help it is likely they would be entirely eliminated in this part of their range. Marketing is a...

Read More

Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)

Flying like a bee and sporting the mane of a lion, this Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae) was one of the most stunning hummingbirds to have up close and in the hand according to Sean. Photographed by RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser in Costa Rica while on assignment for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

Read More

Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata)

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata)

The Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata) is not a species that Sean expected to capture and photograph. Common in premotane/humid forests, Rara Avis in Costa Rica is the perfect setting. This bird could be seen in mixed feeding flocking in the main open area of the preserve, and when it was actually caught it stuck out like a shimmering gem in the net. Photographed by RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser for the Meet Your Neighbours global biodiversity project in Costa Rica while on assignment for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

Read More

Find Marked Piping Plovers

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Find Marked Piping Plovers

If you are birding beaches on the Atlantic Coast this spring and summer please be on the lookout for Piping Plovers bearing bands and flags. Information for reporting each flag color is provided below. If you are in Connecticut please cc both [email protected] and [email protected] with any reports, and feel free to email us with any questions. Please include the following information with each report: Flag and band colors, location on each leg, and any alphanumeric codes on the flags. Location of sighting Date of sighting Any photo that shows the bands and/or flag Coded black, gray,...

Read More

Banded American Oystercatcher Discovered

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

Banded American Oystercatcher Discovered

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History President Twan Leenders recently returned from Bradenton, Florida where he was attending RTPI board meetings. In between sessions he made sure to find an hour or two for some bird surveys, especially targeting species relevant to active RTPI conservation projects. Our work as a partner in the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds has us focused on the terns, long-legged waders and threatened shorebirds like the American Oystercatcher seen here. Did you happen to notice the silver federal band on the bird’s right leg? This would be very...

Read More