Sunday, December 4, 2016

Banded Great Blue Heron

 Spotted this Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias) on a recent visit to Stump Pass Beach State Park, and noticed a leg band.  Having seen many Great Blues, but never noticed one to be banded, I sent in a report to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory....hoping to learn more about this bird.  No luck, but a nice response from biologist Matt Rogosky.

Marker Ref. ID: 82031 encountered 10/19/2016. NCBD (Marker)
I will continue to find out more about this bird's banding...will see if Cornell's Ornithology Lab can help.

Stump Pass Beach State Park is a good spot for shore birds...on a barrier island in Englewood, Florida.

The shifting sands of barrier islands have made the beach walk "wet" during high tide.....but Stump Pass is one of my favorites!

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