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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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reporting a banded Piping Plover

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Does anyone know the best way to report a banded Piping Plover?  I took the pictures below on Friday on Topsail Island, NC.  I know that in this case, the sequence of colored bands and whether they have flags are what identifies the individual bird, but I've never reported any type of banded bird.  I know the BBL website is a possibility, but I didn't know if there was a more specific place to report a PIPL.  Thanks!

35732979753_c90d155c92_k.jpgPipingPlover8-11-17(2)edit by albur_18, on Flickr

35732948523_40e93bc7f7_k.jpgPipingPlover8-11-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr

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I will let you know, thanks!  And as a side note, two pairs were confirmed this year nesting on Presque Isle, Erie, PA.  These I believe are the first Piping Plovers to nest in the Great Lakes outsidea of Lake Michigan/Superior/Huron area in decades!

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I finally got around to reporting this banded PIPL to plover@umn.edu.  I have copied and pasted the response below, in addition to my initial email below that.


Thanks for your report!
This is a Great Lakes piping plover. I know him well. Looking at your photo the blue band is actually the darker blue color that we use. Light blue is powder blue - almost white. This plover hatched in 2011 at Ludington, MI and began breeding in 2013 on the mainland at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI, near the mouth of the Platte River in Benzie county. In recent years he has been nesting on North Manitou Island, also in Sleeping Bear Dunes. I'll attach a photo that I took of him in full breeding plumage this summer.
Alice Van Zoeren
On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:11 AM, Alan Buriak <a_buriak@hotmail.com> wrote:

First, I am a little late on this report as the bird was seen back on 8/11/17.  Secondly, this bird was seen on the Atlantic coast in North Carolina, not in the Great Lakes, so I am not sure if I should report this bird to you.  If there is somewhere else it should be reported to, please let me know.


This Piping Plover was found amongst a group of 3 PIPL at the New River Inlet, North Topsail Beach, North Carolina on Aug 11, 2017.  The eBird checklist with photos is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38585688

The GPS coordinates of the location are 34.529576,-77.3440719


The bands to the best of my knowledge are as follows:

Upper left: orange flag

Lower left top: light blue

Lower left bottom: orange

Upper right: gray or possibly metal (see picture)

Lower right bottom: black


No band is on the lower right top area.


The bird is in breeding plumage and appears to be molting, but I am not positive.


The photos and eBird report can be used in whatever ways you wish.


I was on vacation in that area at the time and am not all that familiar with whether Piping Plovers might breed locally there or if this bird was a migrant.  I hope this is helpful and let me know if any other information is needed.



Alan Buriak

Gibsonia, PA

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Thanks for the follow-up! Not one of our birds, unfortunately... Ah well, maybe they'll come back next year.

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