Aluminum Band: 58
Capture date: June 1, 2017
Location: Horse Creek, WY
Namesake: One of our Curlew Checking volunteers, Denise Hughes, named him Jasper after the beautiful natural element in the intermountain west!
Unlike most curlews, he doesn’t have a green leg flag because his leg was too skinny to fit the size flags we had! His 9-digit band number ends in the numbers “58”.
Female curlews typically lay a clutch of 3-4 eggs, but this Wyoming male’s over-achieving mate laid 5!
Incubation duty is shared by both parents- the females will incubate all throughout the day, and the males will sit with them all night. These eggs will be on the ground for 28-30 days, so they need round-the-clock-protection! Freshly-hatched chick number 1 waits for its four other siblings to hatch. Look closely for chick number 2’s bill sticking from the egg!