Packed it in today for the spring season after the best spring at Selkirk. Unofficially 2667 birds were banded at the station which exceeded the previous best spring total of 2630. The nest box bandings up to June 15th are still to be incorporated into the above total plus any adjustments once the bandmanager inputting is checked.
Closed today out with a bit of a flourish. Banded: GRCA 1, CEDW 1, SOSP 2, SWSP 1, COGR 3, AMGO 2 = 10.
Unofficially Selkirk's top birds banded with 40 or more bandings are
A typical day for this time of the year. Not much around in the banding nets. Of note a mother Wood Duck and a brood of about 1/2 dozen young about 1/4 the size of the mother were under the foot bridge on the way in.
Kudos to John Woodcock and his crew at Thunder Cape this morning for catching and banding most likely the first ever Green-tailed Towhee to be banded in Ontario. This is a rare bird in Ontario usually appears at feeders in the winter about once a decade but in the middle of the boreal forest in breeding season is something else. Thunder Cape over the years has had an impression list of rare and or unusual species show up often 100's if not 1000's of miles out of the species normal range.
Banded: AMRO 1, GRCA 1, COGR 2, BHCO 1, AMGO 1 = 6
Another "summer" type banding day, a few birds with a surprise thrown in.
Banded: NRWS 1, YWAR 2, COGR 1, AMGO 4 = 8
The spring session at the Selkirk station will finish Sunday June 11th. The fall session will commence on or about July 10th.
Yours truly will be leading OFO trips, June 17 to the Long Pt area and June 24 & 25 to the Bruce, check the OFO web page for times and meeting spots.