Daily Archives: July 31, 2013

The Banded Peregrine is from the Bayonne Bridge!


On Monday, we photographed a young banded Peregrine Carlstadt, and set out to find more about it. Christopher A. Nadareski,  Section Chief, NYC Environmental Protection, writes:

The tag looks like a 68/AX when I enlarged the photo as the stem of the “X” appears to be angled to the left and not straight like a “Y” but not 100% certain.IMG_9419

If it is a 68/AX then it is the HY [hatch year] male from the Bayonne Bridge nest tower.   It was one of two young hatched around May 8, 2013, and I banded on May 29, 2013.

The HY male had a slight case of Frounce, which I treated orally at the nest site.  Would like to believe the male survived the Frounce.

Thanks, Chris (with an assist from Kathy Clark of the NJDEP)!

We photographed one of Chris’ banded Peregrines last summer — banded on the MetLife Building in Manhattan. Link is here.

Look For Tagged Egrets!

IMG_9685-002Susan Elbin of NYS Audubon writes:

Birders are once again being asked to be on the lookout for wing-tagged
Great Egrets this summer-autumn. Great Egrets were tagged earlier this
month in Canada and in the New York Harbor.

In Canada, they were tagged at their nesting colony on Georgian Bay, Lake
Huron, near Collingwood, Ontario (100 km NW of Toronto). This year
flightless young birds were marked with light BLUE tags, one on each wing.
The tags are marked with two numbers and a letter, e.g. 28T.

In New York City, birds were tagged in Jamaica Bay with YELLOW tags with
either 2 numbers and a letter, or a letter and 2 numbers (black).
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Regina Geoghan’s Post on Wildnewjersey.tv

Photographer Regina Geoghan, a frequent contributor to this blog, recently wrote a post for wildnewjersey.tv about photographing butterfluies at DeKorte Park.

Here’s a sample:

“Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, a bright spot of orange appears and my heart starts to beat a little faster.  YES – a butterfly!!!  A Monarch?  – No – a Viceroy.  It lights on the butterfly bush near me and I edge closer and begin my daily dance.  As it flits and flutters from one blossom and one plant to the next, I follow back and forth, until it stops long enough and poses for me to snap the shutter – again – and once more to get a photograph of the Viceroy set against the bright blue sky.

“It is, for me, a record of a magical moment of beauty in this day.  Soon after, those same bushes are alive with movement as dozens of Skipper butterflies of all sizes and several Clear-winged Moths jostle with each other for a prime flower.  Two Black Swallowtails fly in to join the club, and an hour later just as I must leave, an American Lady makes an appearance.”

The entire post is here.