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I had this sent to me about a Banded Pintail that was taken over in Ms, pretty cool article and I thought you duck dudes might enjoy!
Happy New Years.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and I trust everyone made

it back to work in good spirits. I have an interesting story to share

with you about a remarkable event that happened to me yesterday. I

received a phone call from a duck hunter who lives in LaGrange, GA and

has a duck lease near Ruleville, MS. On January 3, 2008, this hunter

killed a pintail on his lease. The duck had a band and the hunter

wanted information about the bird. The band had kankyocho-Tokyo
Japan-10A75422 inscribed on it. I wrote the band info down and told him

I would do some research and call him back.

I called Randy Wilson (USFWS) in Jackson and asked him for help. Randy

thought the bird was not banded in the U.S. or Canada, but he wasn't

sure. He gave me a biologist's name and number at the National Banding

Lab in Patuxent. I called and didn't get an answer. I called Dr.

Kaminski and sought his help. He thought it was possible that the duck

was banded in the orient or Russia, but wasn't sure. Doc gave me the

name of the person who was the head of the Banding Lab. I e-mailed him

the story and band info. Shortly after, he and another biologist from

the Banding Lab e-mailed me back contact info for the Japan Bird

Migration Research Center. They were very interested in this bird. I

e-mailed the band recovery info to Japan and got a response this


The pintail was banded in Niigata Japan on February 16, 2000. The

biologists at Putuxent told me that occasionally pintails that are

banded in Japan show up in the Pacific flyway and pintails banded on the

west coast occasionally end up in Japan. However, to their knowledge,

this is the first Japanese banded pintail that has been harvested in the

Mississippi flyway. I sent an e-mail to the folks in Japan asking them

if this was a first. I should have a response tomorrow. If they

confirm that this is a first, I think the hunter should buy a ticket for

the Georgia Lotto! His friends laughed when he told them he thought the

duck came from Japan. I guess he's having the last laugh now.
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