[Ontbirds]Colour-banded CASPIAN TERNS ON Snake Island, Kingston

Weseloh,Chip [Ontario] Chip.Weseloh at ec.gc.ca
Fri Aug 22 14:31:55 EDT 2008


Last night and this morning I observed two colour-banded juvenile
Caspian Terns on Snake Island, near Kingston. One bird carred a white
band with black characters, ALA. It had been banded at Gull Island at
Presqu'Ile Provincial Park last month by a CWS banding crew. The other
tern carried a light coloured band with the characters, R5. It is
believed to have been banded by staff from New York State Dept of Env.
Cons. at Little Galloo Island in eastern Lake Ontario. There were also
approximately 125 Caspian Terns, 100 Common Terns, 1,000 Double-crested
Cormorants, 75 Herring Gulls and 20 Ring-billed Gulls which roosted on
the island overnight. Ontbirders are encouraged to watch for colour
banded colonial waterbirds. Herring Gulls, Caspian Terns, Great Egrets,
Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants have all been
colour-banded on the Great Lakes this summer. There

Directions: From Highway 401 at Kingston, take the exit for the Sir John
A. McDonald Expressway to its end, turn right on King St. Go down the
hill, turn left at the first turn (Yonge St.). Drive into Portsmouth
Olympic Harbour. From the south parking lot over- looking Lake Ontario,
look off to the southwest, Snake Island can be seen approximately 3 km
offshore.

D.V. Chip Weseloh, Ph.D.
Advisor, Wildlife Toxicology
Canadian Wildlife Service - Ontario 
Environment Canada
4905 Dufferin St.
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4
Phone-416-739-5846
Fax-416-739-5845
Cell-416-518-4329
chip.weseloh at ec.gc.ca

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