Ever run into trouble trying to assign a 4-letter code to a North American bird? Did you even realize that not every bird has a banding code? Chris West has taken on the surprisingly sticky task of parsing American avian Alpha Codes over at North American Birding.
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Any idea where this gull was tagged? The tag looks to be S894. It was photographed by a friend of mine in Duluth MN. Its a Herring Gull that seems to have it’s first winter plummage.
@Sandy Gordon: Any birds with bands or tags can be reported here and they will get back to you when they figure out where it was marked. http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/