David Here: Can anyone identify these tags?

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David Here: Can anyone identify these tags?

Post by davidh » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:43 pm

Spotted while on a Fraser Valley Safari Tour:

Banded – Tagged Bald Eagles: From Where?

On Dec. 1, 2019 on the Fraser River Safari Tour we spotted two marked eagles: (1) Adult with patagial tag: #43 on Orange tag and (2) juvenile going into 4th year: A5 on White tag.

Does anybody recognize the source and know the date of these taggings? The next day we got a photo of one of our own GPS tagged birds. It all helps.

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BAEA 43 black over orange_Adult_2019-Dec.jpg
BAEA A5 black over white_4yearold_2019-Dec.jpg

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Re: David Here: Can anyone identify these tags?

Post by JudyB » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:12 pm

The top one might be K-43 (named Shyla) a 2014 eagle banded and tagged by the Institute for Wildlife Studies at the Two Harbors nest on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of southern California. Here's a fuzzy video on K-43 as a fledgling, taken from a video on their site.

The letter K is typically smaller than the numbers and at the top of the tag, so would be hidden by the feathers in the picture David got.

And I just got a reply from Dr. Sharpe of IWS to my post on their Facebook page, saying that K-43 was near Qualicum Beach BC on November 14, so I think it's her! I'll send a message to David.

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