The second band I saw on 11/27/11 at Dead Creek was on a greater snow goose.
the data comes back as it being banded a year earlier than the first, but much closer to us.
Age when banded at least one year old
Location banded, Montmagny Co. Quebec
coordinates: 47.0833, -70.4166
Banded by the same Dr. Gilles Gauthier of Univ. of Laval (busy and well traveled man, like the geese)
From: William H. Barnard <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 7:43 am
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Reporting Snow Goose Bands from Dead Creek
Google Earth takes you right to Bylot Island. That is truly at the top of the
world. The photos of Bylot Island are spectacular, particularly the hillside of
I am pleased the response back from the Bird Banding Lab was fast. You mentioned
seeing two yellow bands, were you able to get information about the second one?
Curious if they were banded in the same location.
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jim Morris
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:31 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Reporting Snow Goose Bands from Dead Creek
If you get a chance to view Snow Geese at Dead Creek,, or anywhere else, look
for yellow neck bands about 3 inches tall.
You can read the neck band using a scope, or like me I shoot photos of the birds
and blow up the photos to read them.
I was at Dead Creek 11/27/11 and luck enough to have the snow geese almost up to
the fence at the viewing area.
After viewing the photos I got, I found two birds with the yellow neck bands.
One band had code: RU27
Using the USGS website: www.reportband.gov I entered the data.
open the website and it asks; the species, and what type of band: Federal
metal leg band, or Color marker with no Federal metal band.
I moved on to the Color marker page, and I entered my data of:
location found, Dead Creek Goose viewing area rt 17, 1 mile west of Addison
and band (marker) code. RU27
In a few days I recieved an email with a "certificate of appreciation" suitable
It includes, the Date the bird was banded, in this case 08/10/2010,
Age of Bird when banded: Hatched in 2009 or before.
Species: Greater Snow Goose
Location: Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada, and coordinates lat: 73.1333, lon.
Bander: Dr. Gilles Gauthier of Univ. Laval
If you are not familiar with Bylot Island, neither was mapquest. using the
coordinates I find it is in the far north end of Hudson Bay by the Northwest
Much of the data collected is from the hunters who harvest the birds and find
the metal leg bands.
I was happy to add my data points to the science, and perhaps will be able see
the same bird next year, if I can pick it out of the 3000 to 5000 snow geese at
Happy hunting for this icing on the cake of the Snow Goose show at Dead Creek,
If you find a banded goose, report it, and you too will get the "certificate of
appreciation" and the history of the bird.