[Ontbirds] PLEASE LOOK FOR GREAT EGRETS WITH COLOR BANDS
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PLEASE LOOK FOR GREAT EGRETS WITH COLOR-BANDS ON THEIR LEGS
This breeding season over 300 Great Egrets were banded at their colonies
in western Lake Erie (Middle Sister Island) in Georgian Bay (Nottawasaga
Island and Chantry Island) and Motor Island in the Niagara River with
spectacular results. As of August 17th there have been a remarkable 25 resightings
of these color-banded egrets this year!
On May 31st Peter Yeorg found our first spring record of a color-banded
Great Egret at the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area in western New York.
At Reesor Pond in Markham, which is 14 miles north-northeast of Toronto,
Ontario, Winnie Poon and Roy Smith and were able to obtain the band number
and a photograph on one egret, observed at noon July 5, 2009, with 6 other
non-banded Great Egrets. This egret was banded as a nestling, on Nottawasaga
Island (Georgian Bay, near Collingwood) on June 20, 2008. (Jean Iron at
Reesor Pond observed this same bird as late as August 3rd.) On July 23rd a
banded adult Great Egret was spotted with two other egrets (at least one of
which had a metal band on the right leg) at the Sheridan Park Golf Course in
Tonawanda, New York. August 2nd Peter Yeorg successfully read the band code
of a Great Egret at Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant in New York.
August 7th I read the band code of a second Great Egret at Batavia WWTP, and on
August 8th Willie D’Anna was able to find both birds and read their band
codes. On August 16th Kim Saucy and Kim Marie photographed two banded birds
at Batavia WWTP. On the 17th I found the same bird at Batavia that I
identified on the 7th. August 9th at the Hydro Marsh in Durham, Ontario, Winnie
Poon found another banded Great Egret and read the code. August 17th Clive
Hodder hit the jackpot and read the band codes of nine Great Egrets at
Luther Marsh the upper Grand River Valley, 25 miles north of Guelph, Ontario.
If you see any color-banded Great Egrets, please record the date,
location, number of other egrets with them, and, if possible, the letter(s) and
number(s) of the banding code, so we can better document the dispersal pattern
of these fledglings. Report all sighting of Great Egret with red
color-bands to at least one of the following locations. Note: Some egrets banded this
year have multiple colors such as a red band and a yellow band so as to
give us additional information on bird were the code was not successfully
read. You should be able to read the three digit alphanumeric band code with a
spotting scope and patients.
D. V. Chip Weseloh
Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario Region
4905 Dufferin St.
email: _chip.weseloh at ec.gc.ca_ (mailto:chip.weseloh at ec.gc.ca) .
270 Michigan Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone (716) 851-7010
email: _cmadams at gw.dec.state.ny.us_ (mailto:cmadams at gw.dec.state.ny.us)
771 Fletcher Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone (716) 695-2820w_illiamwatsonsr at aol.com_
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