Last week, I guided two different British couples to Tigertail Beach  
on Marco Island in Collier County. On each occasion, I found a  
different banded Piping Plover among the many shorebirds present. I  
sent in the info to the authorities and just got back a reply stating  
that both birds were banded in Vermillion (yes, with 2 "l's"), South  
Dakota. One bird was banded as an adult in 2007 and the other was  
banded as a chick in 2005. Both were banded by researchers from  
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Nice to find out  
this info. BTW, there are great numbers of shorebirds at Tigertail  
Beach at this time. Each day out there over the last week has yielded  
15-20 Snowy Plovers, 20-25 Piping Plovers, 50+ Wilson's Plovers as  
well as many Semipalmated & Black-bellied Plovers. Red Knot, Dunlin,  
Short-billed Dowitcher, Least & Western Sandpipers, Sanderling,  
Willet, Ruddy Turnstone and Lesser Yellowlegs round-out the other  
shorebirds. A few Northern Gannets and Magnificent Frigatebirds have  
been seen on the Gulf side of the beach. Peregrine Falcon, Red- 
breasted Merganer, American White Pelican, white morph Reddish Egret,  
Red-breasted Merganser and herring Gull have also been seen along  
with other "common" species. There are Burrowing Owls present just  
outside Tigertail Beach in the residential neighborhood.



Vincent Lucas
Naples, FL
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