Observation of tagged & flagged Red-necked Stints

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Subject: Observation of tagged & flagged Red-necked Stints
From: "Mario & Margaret Matassa" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 10:39:53 +0900
I have been observing and counting birds at the Perth site of the DEC Nature & 
Marine Reserve, on the Swan River foreshore alongside Burke Drive in Alfred 
Cove for several years. I send my observations to DEC.
Today I gained a close look at a group of some 70 Red-necked Stints (Calidris 
ruficollis) feeding on the shore line of this DEC Nature Reserve . I observed 
that four of this group were tagged. The tags consisted of a yellow band on the 
upper right leg together with an orange flag at the base of the right leg.
I have tried to find out from the internet as to where these birds may have 
been tagged, and found out that SE Australia uses the orange flag, so I thought 
you may be interested in these sightings.
However, I am puzzled about the yellow band, because it is on the right leg and 
the AWSG website indicated that it would have been placed on the left leg. Also 
it indicated that your group had been flagging the left leg with orange flags.
I would therefore be very pleased if someone could set me straight as to where 
these birds were flagged and/or tagged, whether by yourselves or others.
Thank you.
Margaret Matassa

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