June 14, 2015 — A fantastic time watching and photographing a pair of Yellow Warblers at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside, Long Island, NY. These birds are summer visitors to the area and breed here.
Banded Tree Swallow at Levy Preserve, Merrick, Long Island, NY; May 3, 2015.
This bird has what appears to be a U.S. Federal band on its left leg. I didn’t notice the band until I loaded the image into the computer. If I’d seen it in the field, I would have zoomed in to get the numbers on the band. Although the band seems to be a standard aluminum butt-end band, without the band number, I can’t find out where and why this bird was banded.
Here’s some info on bird bands from the Bird Banding Lab pages on the USGS’ (United States Geological Survey) site:
“The most common type of band used in North America is the butt-end band. This band is a round band with two edges that butt evenly together when closed correctly. Butt-end bands are supplied by the Bird Banding Laboratory to licensed US banders free of charge.”
Banding birds helps researchers collect data for research and management projects, such as: dispersal and migration; behavior and social structure; life-span and survival rate; reproductive success and population growth. For additional information on why birds are banded, see the Bird Banding Laboratory’s: Why Band Birds?
I think this is the first banded Tree Swallow I’ve seen.
It’s always special seeing wild parrots in suburban Long Island. (See my earlier post: Wild on Long Island: Parrots.) Monk Parakeets (also known as Quaker Parrots) are native to Argentina and classified as “released exotics” here. They’ve adapted and been in New York City and surrounding areas for decades.
I’ve seen Monk Parakeets once before at Levy Preserve; they stopped briefly in the trees to eat before moving on. This time I had a good look as I watched them gather nesting material. The parakeets use their strong beaks to chop through a branch, grab it, then balance it before flying off to their nests nearby.
Photos taken May 11, 2015 at Levy Preserve, Merrick, Long Island, NY
Terns are in danger of extinction in New York State. They have few suitable places left to nest and Nickerson Beach, on Long Island, is one of them. It has roped-off, protected areas where terns and other endangered birds, such as Piping Plovers, can nest.
Photographs taken June 27, 2014
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