Re: Nice looking Long-billed Curlew at Pt Isabel
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Some years ago I went with Lew Oring (formerly ornithology prof at UNR, now living at Eagle Lake) to Oakland Middle Harbor, and we spotted a curlew that he had helped band (I believe in NE Nevada). I just sent him a note, and he responded with a couple of e-mails copied below:
So at least one of the curlews wintering along the N California coast was banded and the origin is known. I suspect Alex has data for additional NCal birds. Perhaps not quite a mystery – just some forgotten data. I can provide Alex’s e-mail if he agrees and it’s needed by Andy.
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Megan Jankowski
Sent: Saturday, September 26, 2020 10:59 AM
To: Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...>
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Nice looking Long-billed Curlew at Pt Isabel
Nice photo! I learned something of interest about our California curlews from my friend Andy Boyce who bands curlews in Montana. He says this: "an interesting fact is that there are Long-billed Curlews that winter along the coast of California and no one knows where the hell they come from. All of the known breeding populations (they're spread across the west) have had GPS-tags put on and none of them winter anywhere near central/northern Cal. Yet we know some birds winter there every year. Probably a mysterious breeding population somewhere in interior BC that nobody knows about. Mysterious. "
On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 10:54 PM Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote: