|Green F:001 in its 1st plumage cycle. Volusia County, FL. 24 January 2015.|
While on gull patrol at the Brevard County Landfill last week, I refound our friend, almost one year later to the day - totally unexpected, roughly 70 miles south of where it was banded the previous winter!
|Green F:001 in its 2nd plumage cycle. Brevard County, FL. 23 January 2016.|
Open-wing shots from 1st to 2nd cycle:
My shift on the top of the hill was well-rewarded. This sighting is a strong indicator that there is some winter site-fidelity with the Lessers found in east-central Florida. There's much more work to be done and thanks to Michael and Jay for helping "crack the code" in determining where these birds are coming from, where they reside in the breeding season and where they go in the winter.
You can see more of F:001 in 1st basic here.