Here is information on the Columbia R. Caspian Tern research - http://www.columbiabirdresearch.org/ I think terns banded at the mouth of the Columbia R. usually have color bands in addition to a metal band. It's possible that birds from this (huge) colony could wander up the Columbia and the Snake but there are Caspian Terns nesting closer on the Columbia R. which are a likely source.
Here is more information on Seattle Audubon's birdweb - http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird_details.aspx?id=213#description
If you noted the band number you can submit it to the USGS Bird Banding Lab - http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/
and they will eventually get back to you w/ information on where the bird was banded.
On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM, Kec201814 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
one of the nine Caspian Terns present today at Chief Timothy HMU was wearing a leg band.Anyone know what this program is about?I suppose it has to do with their "alledged" smolt eating, but that was down by the mouth of the Columbia.Keith E. CarlsonLewiston
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