Banded Piping Plover

Caloosa Bird Club does not normally post photos that were not taken by members, but this bird warrants a post.

Dennis Von Linden, a Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife member submitted 2 photos of a banded Piping Plover. The photos were taken at Bunche Beach that were taken “100 yards to the right of the beach’s entrance in the wrack line”. Sighting took place on 2/18/2012 at 8 am. ”

Dennis submitted the photos to the Army Corp of Engineers who answered his letter, and he also received a response from the woman who’s team from Virginia Tech that had done the banding. It appears these birds live on the Missouri river in South Dakota & winter here in SW Florida.

The email trail is quite interesting reading and of course reads from the latest email on the top and the original email last.


Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:58:33 -0500 Subject: Re: FW: Banded Piping Plover Sighting (UNCLASSIFIED) From: To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hi Dennis,
Thanks so much for reporting this and for the great photos! The PIPL you observed was banded by Virginia Tech (green flag). It appears to be missing a band on the lower right leg. A PIPL with a red band above the dark blue band has been observed at Bunche Beach the last few winters so there is a good chance this is the same bird. If this is true, it was banded as an adult during the summer of 2009 on the Gavins Point Reach of the Missouri River, near Vermillion SD. Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks!

On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM, plover, piping NWO <> wrote:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE
Hi Kelsi,
Below is a report and attached are pictures of one of your plovers seen down in Florida. There appears to be a band missing from the lower right leg as my scheme shows that there should be two bands on each lower leg. I hope you will still be able to identify the plover. Please send any information you have on the plover to Mr. Von Linden. Thank you for your help.
—–Original Message—– From: D [mailto: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 12:08 PM To: plover, piping NWO Subject: Banded Piping Plover Sighting
Howdy folks, wanted to report the sighting of a banded Piping Plover. Hope this is the right place to report, if not could you direct me to the correct reporting site?
Sighted on Bunche Beach (100 yards to the right of the beach’s entrance in the wrack line). Sighting took place on 2/18/2012 at 8am (sorry no GPS data).
The bands that were observed were… Left leg – 1 green flag on upper  /  2 green bands on lower Right leg – no bands seen on upper / 1 blue band on lower. I’ve enclosed some photos for confirmation.
Hope you can write me back with any & all data on this bird.
Thanx and keep up the good work.
Dennis Von Linden Cape Coral Florida
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

— Kelsi L. Hunt Research Crew Leader Virginia Tech


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