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Canada Goose with a telemetry pack

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Radio-tagged Canada Goos

I birded today at Bald Eagle State Park and picked up new county year bird- a flock of 20 Common Goldeneye. There was a nice diversity with a couple rafts of all three mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Great Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks and a lone Bufflehead.

There was a flock of Canada Geese that I took some time to look over and I managed to pick out one with a green band on its left leg (BOX or 8OX) and a telemetry antenna of some sort sticking out of its back. The green band was exceptionally hard to read as it was always hidden in the grass.

Radio-tagged Canada Goos

Radio-tagged Canada Goos

I hadn’t heard of anyone putting telemetry units on Canada Geese so a quick Google search found some info on a couple older projects but nothing that I thought this bird might be part of. I already submitted all the info to the Banding Lab but I would love to hear if anyone knows where the this bird might have been banded, what the project is, and whether its still being tracked.

Radio-tagged Canada Goos

Radio-tagged Canada Goos

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Drew Weber

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Drew is the founder and editor of Nemesis Bird and now works to curate some of the best content the web has to offer on birding and ornithology from an energetic crew of ornithologists, field researchers, tour leaders and photographers. Drew is originally from PA but now lives in central New York where he is enjoying the long and snowy winters. He has done various bird jobs including bird surveys for the 2nd PA Breeding Bird Atlas, tracked saw-whet owls from dusk to dawn with Scott Weidensaul and counted hawks for several years for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Drew is an avid lister, especially on smaller scales, and enjoys adding new birds to county, state and life lists. He also enjoys digiscoping and making apps for birders. He is Project Coordinator for the Merlin Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also project manager for the North American Rare Bird Alert.