Banded Plovers on Tony Amos Beach 2019-09-13

I birded the Tony Amos beach in Port Aransas yesterday, starting at Access Road 1 and very slowly driving the 7.5 miles to Access Road 2, counting all birds seen. This journal entry is to collect the observations of banded plovers I found. I was able to photograph all the banded birds I saw. There were 6 banded Piping Plovers and 1 banded Snowy Plover. Here's one of the Piping Plovers:

Piping Plover - 3 - 1

Piping Plover and Snowy Plover numbers might have been the highest I've ever recorded on this beach: 84 Piping Plovers and 25 Snowy Plovers. Here's my complete eBird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59781651

Does anyone know the best and easiest way to report these birds? Or are they worth reporting? This beach might already be surveyed regularly.

UPDATE 2019-09-24: I have heard back from three different entities I reported these birds to, and added their comments to the descriptions of each observation below.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, September 14, 2019 21:03

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 08:48 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.761632
Lon: -97.109685
Accuracy: 20m

From Hillary Wagner from the USGS Missouri River Tern & Plover Team with the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota:

J45 was banded as a chick in 2014 on a lake near Westby, MT. We haven't observed J45 on the breeding grounds since 2014. Our last report of J45 was in 2017 at Mustang Island.

Photos / Sounds

What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 08:35 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.765455
Lon: -97.106765
Accuracy: 20

From Meryl with the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program:

Banded as an adult on May 28, 2015 on the Missouri River near Yankton, SD

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 09:00 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.755781
Lon: -97.113967
Accuracy: 20m

From Meryl with the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program:

Banded as a chick on June 30, 2013 on the Missouri River near Yankton, SD

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 09:05 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.753701
Lon: -97.115461
Accuracy: 20m

From Hillary Wagner from the USGS Missouri River Tern & Plover Team with the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota:

2R3 was banded as an adult in 2016 on Lake Sakakawea near Garrison, ND. We also haven't seen 2R3 for the last couple years on the breeding grounds. In 2017 it was observed on a lake near Max, ND and in 2018 it was observed at Mustang Island.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 10:12 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.712028
Lon: -97.144484
Accuracy: 20m

From Meryl with the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program:

This bird is missing bands so it's not possible to know when and where it was banded.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 10:23 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.706809
Lon: -97.147967
Accuracy: 20m

From Hillary Wagner from the USGS Missouri River Tern & Plover Team with the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota:

99B was banded as a chick in 2016 on the Missouri River near Price, ND. This summer it nested on the Missouri River near Bismarck, ND.

Photos / Sounds

What

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2019 08:40 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Tony Amos Beach between Access Road 1 and Access Road 2.

Lat: 27.764365
Lon: -97.107604
Accuracy: 20m

From David Newstead with the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program:

"The Snowy was indeed one banded as part of an ongoing project we have going on Mustang Island. That one was banded on 4/17/2016 at the Nature Preserve in Port Aransas (Charlie’s Pasture) where it breeds. We don’t get many resight reports of Snowys on the beach, so I appreciate this."

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