This is not a project of NYSOA. This information is
provided for birders who may encounter marked birds.
The DEC is requesting help locating wing marked Common Mergansers. During
the spring of 2009 the DEC marked Common Mergansers in the Catskill Region
of New York with yellow and blue wing markers to assess migration movements
of males and females during and after the breeding season. These
birds could show up anywhere after May/June so please check Common Mergansers
in your area for wing tags.
Little is known about the molt migration of these seldom marked birds. If
you observe a wing tag please report the sighting to the USGS Bird Banding
as well as Joshua Stiller, NYSDEC Region 4 Bureau of Wildlife, at the
phone number or e-mail address listed below. Even if the numbers
are unreadable, the color of the tag would be valuable information for
Wildlife Technician 1
65561 St. Hwy 10, Suite 1
Stamford, NY 12167