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Salmon, ID, United States
I’d seen this house finch male on and off at my feeders for about 10 days until I finally got photos of him. The orange leg band appears to be a plastic zip-tie. I asked our local Idaho Fish and Game ofice’s non-game biologist about this unusual leg band. I was told that it was likely banded by an individual for an unknown reason and doesn’t represent any legitimate tagging effort. The leg band poses a distinct threat to the bird as it could become tangled in vegetation and the band’s bright orange color clearly puts the bird at a higher risk of predation. What was the individual thinking who tagged this house finch? Obviously, NOT thinking!
Oddly-leg banded house finch male observed at my feeder March 22, 2015 in Salmon Idaho.
I saw a female house finch at my feeder in Salmon, ID with a blue zip tie leg band today.
I have seen at my feeder two female finches with red bands on their right legs. Why? I live in Ozone Park, New York.
Can you catch it and remove the zip tie?
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