Flagged Pied Oystercatchers

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Subject: Flagged Pied Oystercatchers
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:05:49 +1100
Late last year I banded a number of young Pied Oystercatchers between Ballina 
and Red Rock, North Coast New South Wales.  A numbered metal band was placed on 
the right tibia (above the joint) and an alpha numeric yellow flag was placed 
on the left tibia.  The flags have combinations of letters and numbers a such 
as A2, B6, C9.
A Pied Oystercatcher with a yellow flag on its left tibia was recently observed 
at Port Stephens.  Unfortunately the letter and number were not noted so the 
individual bird could not be identified.  However it is still a valuable record.

This note is to alert birdwatchers who may observe a flagged Pied Oystercatcher 
to check the flag for a letter and number.  This will increase the value of any 
report.  It is also important to note which leg the flag is on as a yellow flag 
has been placed on the right tibia of Pied Oystercatchers banded in Victoria.

Recoveries can be reported to the Australasian Wader Studies Group website, the 
Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme or to me at  .


Greg Clancy

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