Last week, after we saw a Peregrine Falcon with bands on both legs, we posted an item on the blog that asked readers for help in determining what the bands meant. We received several helpful responses, including a couple that ran along these lines:
The gray band is a U. S. Fish and Wildlife band.
If the bird was banded in New York City (by the NYCDEP), it's a female, indicated by the black over green band on its left leg (a male would be black over red).
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The Meadowlands Commission is pleased to announce another Raptor Ramble and Duck Walk on Monday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.
We are also planning a Great Backyard Bird Count Walk and Coffee Hour for Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., so mark your calendars – more information will follow in a later blog post. (And we will be hosting Saturday and Sunday events this spring.)
On the Jan. 26 walk, NJMC naturalist Mike Newhouse will lead the way. We will meet at DeKorte Park.
Not far from DeKorte, we’ll look for Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, owls (from a distance, of course), and the local Redtails and Kestrel.
The Meadowlands has experienced repeated problems with people who are so intent on getting better views or better photos of the Snowy Owls that they have thought nothing of trespassing on private property to do so.
To help educate the public, a birder suggests that this blog post the American Birding Association's Principles of Birding Ethics. The link ishere. In a nutshell, the principles say: "Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first."
Click here for an earlier post on photographing owls.