This summer’s bird breeding study included bird banding. A total of 116 Wilson’s Plover chicks and 57 Least Tern chicks were banded. Color bands were organized to create an individual banding combination for each chick. Wilson’s Plover (WIPL) were only banded with color Darvic bands and Least Tern (LETE) were banded with both color Darvic bands and metal bands.
Banding supplies: Split band application tool (metal objects), Banding sheet, Darvic color split bands, latex gloves.
Least Tern chick getting a metal band.
Most of the chicks were banded at the nest just after hatching. (The chick is the small dark object in the middle of the dead vegetation on the left side of the photograph below.)
Others were caught on the run… Measurements were taken for culmen (the upper ridge of a bird’s bill)…
and tarsus (part of the leg of a bird below the thigh)…
relaxed wing chord (an anatomical measurement of the wing, bent at a 90 degree angle, from the most prominent point of the wrist joint to the most prominent point of the longest primary feather)…
and mass (weight).
Banding the chicks provided data on fledge success for each species.
Least Tern chick
Fledged Least Tern
Wilson’s Plover Chick
Fledged Wilson’s Plover
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