Black Smoke wrote:From what I have heard it could possibly be a relocation band. Is there any other bands (aluminum)?
I know that when trapping birds in Maine for relocation, they band them all before they are moved and the banding site is listed as the original location they were trapped.
I went along with the Biologists a couple weeks ago and trapped 32 on one lake for relocation to a Flagstaff Lake. They were fouling the state park beach to the point where the swimming was close to being shut down due to excess coliform. They got a ride 2 hours north of here and released.
In 2012, they trapped 54 birds, banded and relocated them. Of that 54 that took the ride, 18 of them were harvested during the fall season on or near Flagstaff. None of those bands were returned from the original trapping area last fall.
Of the 32 we trapped, a dozen had been banded in 2012 and relocated to Flagstaff as part of those 54!
So it seems, Relocation works a little but some did find their way to the original lake after last winter.
From the biologists standpoint, it's important that the birds are banded where they were caught in order to make any assessment of the success of the relocation effort.
When you get to be my age, it's always a race to see if you'll piss inside or outside of your waders!!