Watch for colour-banded Great Egrets

Chip.Weseloh at Chip.Weseloh at
Mon Jul 29 07:51:33 EDT 2002


Please watch for colour-banded Great Egrets !

This summer, CWS staff colour-banded young, flightless Great Egrets at three
breeding colonies:

Motor Island on the NY side of the Niagara River
Chantry Island at Southampton on the west shore of the Bruce Peninsula, and
Nottawasaga Island in the south end of Georgian Bay.

Birds were banded with a red leg-band on the left leg, above the "knee"
joint, and an aluminum band on the right let, below the "knee".

The red bands have a number-letter combination on them in white.

Please report the date, location, time and observer of any sightings to me
at the address below.



D.V. Chip Weseloh, Ph.D.
Wildlife Biologist
Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario Region
4905 Dufferin St.
Downsview, Ontario 
M3H 5T4
email=chip.weseloh at

Here is some information on the Great Egrets banded at Motor Island in
Niagara River this year. I am asking all observers save this information so
they can report their observations of Great Egrets with RED BANDS WITH

June 17 between 11:00 am and 1:00 PM, twenty nestling Great Egrets were
banded at the heron colony on Motor Island on the Niagara River by Dr. D.
V. Chip Weseloh, Wildlife Biologist for Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario
Region, Mark Kandel, Senior Wildlife Biologist for the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, and myself. (There were also
about a hundred Great Egrets banded in a similar fashion in Ontario's
Georgian Bay.)
The Great Egrets are color banded in the hope that we might be able to
learn something about the post breeding dispersal and migration of these
young Great Egrets. 

Please look for Great Egrets with leg band above the knee of the left leg
that are RED WITH WHITE LETTER(S) AND NUMBERS. They also have the
traditional aluminum bands on the right leg above the ankle. If you see any
please, if possible record the letter(s) and numbers. Report all sighting
of Great Egret with red color bands to at least one of the following

D. V. Chip Weseloh
Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario Region
4905 Dufferin St. 
Downsview, Ontario
M3H 5T4
Phone: 416-739-5846
email: chip.weseloh at

Mark Kandel
270 Michigan Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone (716) 851-7010
email: mxkandel at 

Bill Watson
Tonawanda, New York  
Mark Cranford
ONTBIRDS Coordinator
Mississauga, Ontario
Mark.Cranford at
Chip.Weseloh at

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