|"Speak louder, Sonny. I can barely hear you!"|
Wanting to get some images of the skimmers, I doffed my boots, hiked up my pant legs, and waded across the small lagoon to the main beach head. BTW, the tiny cockleburs / sandburs that grow in this area are razor-like, especially when you find them wedged in your toes. Ouch, again!
Left leg - Orange band on tibia
Right leg - Metal band on tibia - best I can read is -2277 over -03541-
Orange over Blue band on tarsus
I sent the information to the Great Lakes Waterbird Research Program at the University of Minnesota and got an almost immediat response from Alice Van Zoeren, who informed me that the USGS band (metal w/ numbers) ID'd the bird as a hatchling from Ludington, MI this past summer (2012)! Thanks for the great response, Alice!