[Tweeters] Tagged Goldeneye

Ruth Taylor rutht at seanet.com
Sun Jan 21 20:30:50 PST 2007

Hi Gary & Tweets:

I've forwarded an old (2003) post from Kelly McAllister about nasal disks on
scoters. This sounds like it might be the same type of tag as what you saw
on the goldeneye.
Does anyone know if these birds are being tagged or who is doing it?

    Ruth Taylor
    rutht at seanet.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly Mcallister <mcallkrm at dfw.wa.gov>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 9:39 AM
Subject: Nasal disks on Scoters

>Hi Tweets,
>In the past month, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, largely because of
>hard work of Puget Sound Ambient Monitoring Program staff, have implanted
>5 male and 5 female White-winged Scoters with satellite transmitters. We
>that tracking their movements to breeding areas, molting areas, and
>will help us to better understand why scoters are in decline.
>In addition to the birds with satellite transmitters, there are 10
>Scoters and 23 Surf Scoters (none of which have the satellite transmitters)
>which were opportunistically fitted with nasal tags. The tags are plastic
>there is one plastic piece on each side of the bill, fastened through the
>We are hoping that these birds will be resighted. Ideally, observers will
>able to report the characteristics of the marker on each side of the bill.
>of the birds have a different color and shape on right and left sides. The
>used were blue, green, orange, purple, red, white, and yellow. The shapes
>round, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, and y-shaped.
>These birds were captured and subsequently released in the south Puget
>area, Peale's passage (between Squaxin and Hartstene Islands) and Henderson
>I'm hoping we can generate some interest in scrutiny of scoter flocks
>for these markers so that a better understanding of movements can be
>which will, in the end, help to conserve the species.
>Having now seen scoters up close and personal, they are beautiful birds.
>Kelly McAllister
>Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
>Olympia, Washington
>Reply to: mcallkrm at dfw.wa.gov

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