Wing-tagged Kestrel Part 1: Mystery Solved…

1-wing-tagged kestrel tilleyBetter late than never …

Late last month, we had two reports of a wing-tagged American Kestrel in the DeKorte Park/Disposal Road area.

Rosemarie Widmer saw a wing-tagged kestrel  with a No. 9, but lacked a  camera.

And about that same time, Doug Tilly had a camera but couldn't see the number on the wing-tagged American Kestrel.

Doug wrote: "Came across 6 Kestrels in hunting and hanging out on the dump along Disposal Road at noon today.  I could see all 6 at once but not in the camera lens.  One of them had an orange tag on its wing."

Through the wonders of communications, we put two and two together and located the tagger — John Smallwood of Montclair State University, who reports banding two female American Kestrels with #9, one  on the left wing and the other on the right wing, in June in Sussex County.

(Thanks, Rosemarie, Doug, and John.)

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