6.15. The 2006 tail section: free-form addenda to the body
Following the net code and the alignment check character
you may append any number of optional free-format fields
for the other, optional items from the banding sheet.
Each field starts with a single-quote character
'”), followed by a code
indicating the type of field, followed by information
specific to that type of field. Fields may be added
in any order.
Here are the tail-section fields and their formats:
Color bands. Following the |
code the color bands just as they appear on the
sheet. Up to five characters may follow, and one
of them must be the slash (“
/”) separating the left-leg bands from the
right-leg bands. Examples: “
'crgk/s” means red, green, and
black bands from top to bottom on the left leg,
with a service (metal) band on the right leg.
See also Section 4.30, “Color bands”.
Disposition code. For example, if the bird was a
victim of predation, code that as “|
'dp”. See Section 4.26, “Disposition”.
Feather pulled, where |
is letter “
o” for one (outer) primary
pulled, or “
two (outer and inner) primaries pulled. Note:
This was originally proposed as
'f, but many banders in the 2006 season code a
P in this column; coding this as
'po is more mnemonic than coding
Note number |
. If only one digit is used, it will be
left-padded with zero in the output record.
Cloacal swab, where |
is 1 for the size 1
swab, 2 for the size 2 swab, or F if the sample
was taken from the capture bag.