Kate Ruskin of the N.J. Audubon Society reports:
This year, we banded Great Egrets on South Brother Island (Bronx) and Hoffman Island (Staten Island); Glossy Ibises on Hoffman and Canarsie Pol (Jamaica Bay in Queens); and Double-crested Cormorants on Swinburne Island (Staten Island).
We tagged about 40 Great Egrets with both color bands and radio transmitters for some of the biggest fledglings, and about 20 Glossy Ibises with color bands.
We color-banded about 200 cormorants in just 2 (exhausting) days, a new record for us. Finally, we put just metal USFWS bands on about 40 Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls.
I'll give you the final numbers soon once we go through all the data, but here are some pictures in the meantime:
Here's NYCA's Liz Craig with one of this year's radio-tagged GREGs. The transmitters have an alphanumeric code on them, black letters/numbers on a white "band". About 10 of the 40 tagged GREGs have radio transmitters, plus (hopefully!) you'll see some of the 17 radio-tagged GREGs from last year.
Click here for earlier posts on the Harbor Heron Project.
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