When faced with a similar situation, I've taken a series of pictures of the
band on another bird.
By piecing together the different pictures, I've been able to get a good
read on the numbers.
On a grosbeak, the sequence should look like: X X X - X X X X X
(on other bird bands, there may be 4 digits in the prefix)
I submitted the report to the Bird Banding Lab at:
The results have been very interesting.
Even a partial read can produce useable results. A friend got most of the
numbers on a banded Blue-winged Warbler that way. We were able to determine
when and where that bird had been banded.
The Greene Mountain County,
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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ron Payne
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 11:22 AM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Banded Rose-breasted Grosbeak
A leg banded female Rose-breasted Grosbeak has returned to my feeder for the
third straight year! The first year I spotted it in September, last year it
showed up on July 8th and this year July 9th. I have never been able to
completely read the band but can make out enough of it to tell she is the
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