Watch for banded Mono Basin flycatchers

Observers: Chris McCreedy
Verification: MONO
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Date: 08/03/2007
Time: 12:18 PM -0400

Hello! It's the first week of August, and a drought year. Juvenile birds are already dispersing from Rush Creek, as are their parents and adults that failed to breed. As many of you know, I color-band Willow and Dusky Flycatchers on Rush Creek, and I am hopeful that you may keep your eyes open for color-banded birds. I use these colors: blue, red, green, yellow, orange, white, black, and mauve. There will also be either a silver federal, numbered band, or a red, federal, numbered band. Combinations are either two colors on the left leg and a silver or red federal band on the right, or two colors on the right and a silver or red federal band on the left. Color combinations are read from the bird's left leg to its right, and from its body to toe. Thus the Dusky Flycatcher fledge in this photograph is Silver/Blue-Black. Silver on the left leg, which is hidden, and blue over black on the right. Thank you very much for keeping an eye out for my birds. A re-sighting would be a fascinating find!