A few days ago, I asked for help in determining if a tarsal band I shot on a Snow goose in SD last week was read X69 or 69X. I received several respones but none gave me the correct answer. For future references, the letter code is 1st, followed by the numbers. The correct identification for this bird would be X69. The number 9 is 'mis-shaped' on purpose to resemble a triangle atop the number as to not confuse it with the number 6. This is twice I've had bands with numbers that could have gone either way. Last bird was a Jack Miner bird that was either 89609 or 60968. That was resolved to the dismay of the foundation; the bird having not one character that was identifiable regardless of the way the band was read. Just a word of thanks to all who helped.