Flagging of Pied Oystercatchers

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Subject: Flagging of Pied Oystercatchers
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 11:12:47 +1100
The breeding Pied Oystercatchers in the Richmond River area of northern NSW 
have been monitored closely in recent years with most/all young being banded 
with the help of Bob Moffatt who has been contracted to manage threats to 
nesting birds and monitor the breeding outcomes. During the 2006/07 breeding 
season Bob and DEC staff helped me fit alpha-numeric flags to all young fledged 
in this area for permanent identification of individuals in the future.  These 
flags, which are yellow with black print (eg A7)  were placed on the left tibia 
and are relatively easy to read in the field with binoculars . A numbered ABBBS 
metal band was placed on the right tibia of each bird. These juveniles are now 
starting to leave their natal areas and may turn up on your local beach or 
estuary. It would be really appreciated if  bird watchers could keep an eye out 
for these flagged birds and report sightings to myself at  or 
the Australasian Wader Studies Group website where an electronic submission of 
information is available.  It is important to note which leg the flag is on as 
a similar system is being used in Victoria with yellow flags being placed on 
the right tibia.

Greg Clancy

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