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Ruthven - Banding Report and Photos
What a beautiful early Spring day! Cold at first light (-3) with frost on the nets and poles making the latter quite slick. Not much activity early but picked up with the temperature.
Banded 30: 2 MODO, 2 BCCH, 2 GCKI, 2 AMRO, 8 ATSP, 1 SOSP, 5 SCJU, 8 AMGO.
We also retrapped 25 - some several years old.
Note: Photo captions will appear above the photo they are associated with.
These two Tree Swallows spent a fair bit of time around this nest box today. This box is near nets 5,6, & 7 at Ruthven. Perhaps one of these is the Tree Swallow mentioned by Rick in a report a few days ago.
This Song Sparrow was spotted fairly close the the Tree Swallows, and occasionally seemed to be giving the Swallows a hard time about their nest box choice.
(If you manage to zoom in very closely, you can see a band on the sparrow's leg.)
Jim banded a female Red-bellied Woodpecker today. There were several of these birds present around the property throughout the day.
Selkirk - Banding Report and a photo
After two really good days at Selkirk, Sunday was still good but getting back to the more expected daily banding levels.
Banded: GCKI 16, AMRO 1, FOSP 1, SOSP 5, SCJU 1 = 24.
Over 80 GCKI have been banded over the past 3 days at Selkirk.
If you are going up and down alone the Grand keep an eye open; John Dickie reports the pair of Ospreys at the end of the Irish Line were back Thursday the 30th and checking out the nest site.
A male Long Tailed Duck put in a rare appearance today at the mouth of the Sandust Creek.
This is a hard species to find in Haldimand while a common duck along Lake Ontario.
A female Golden-Crowned Kinglet, trapped in a mist net. This picture was actually taken at Ruthven today, but we can pretend this bird is one of John's 80+.