Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Saltmarsh Sparrow at Fort DeSoto - April 12, 2016

This was an awesome find today.  First off, it is a life bird for me.  Second, it was a banded bird, which I love to find.  Finally, people were very interested in this bird as he is part of a New England Research Project.  Here is the response I got back from one researcher:

We do know it's a male and it was banded at either Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts, or Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.  Your photos have been shared on our facebook page:

Let us know if you spot any more banded sparrows (saltmarsh, nelson's, or seaside), we use the information to help us learn about their migration and wintering ecology. Also, here is an animation of a migratory track of Saltmarsh Sparrows that we put nanotag transmitters on last fall to learn more about their migration patterns --

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