Little Tern Bands

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Subject: Little Tern Bands
From: "Peter Mitchell and Barbara Moss" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 14:01:27 +1100
A follow-up to the information about reading bands on Little Terns from Clive and Hugo:
We (the Little Tern Taskforce, based in Gippsland Victoria) and the Victorian Wader Study Group have been banding Little Terns (and other terns) for ten years, and now have 996 traps or retraps.  NSW has also been busy banding over the years.  So there is a lot to be gained from reporting resightings to ABBBS.  We assume that all these birds pass along the east coats of Australia twice each year - some on their way to Japan, others ?? - so they may be passing near YOU.
Many of the birds have individual colour bands or flags (2 on one leg, one plus metal on the other), others just have a flag on one leg and metal band on the other.  To get the most out of your resightings, it would be useful if you could record:
 - date and location and your contact name and address
 - colour sequences (top and bottom, left and right legs, including position of metal band).  In particular note if green is dark green or light green - we use both.  Also note if they are flags (most) or bands (a few may still have these) - they won't have both.  Also note if the colour is not obvious, or where a band may be missing:  please don't  leave a blank in your record as it could mean either that you didn't record a hard-to-see band or that the band was not there.
 - plumage (breeding, non-breeding, transitional, immature)
 - position (roosting on beach, in breeding colony, etc)
 - behaviour, particularly breeding behaviour 
 - and anything else of interest
All our banded birds have been classed as northern breeders or southern breeders based on moult pattern.  The additional information you supply allows us to use a check character to support the identity derived from the banding sequence as well as adding to our knowledge about each bird.
We look forward to the reports.
Peter Mitchell
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