2017 Spring Report

Introduction The Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO)’s spring migration coverage at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve (Ontario Parks – Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) ran

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On October 5th there were numerous birds in the netting area although the census became quieter than the day before. A total of 97 birds of 17 species was banded (33.4 net-hours) including 32 Golden-crowned and 29 Ruby-crowned Kingkets, and 11 Brown Creepers. Between the busy net-round I noticed a bunch of kinglets, Winter Wrens and Yellow-rumped Warblers became noisy around a tree branch nearby the banding lab. That happened three times, but I was too busy with banding to spend time to check it out the tree. Finally, when I had time to look at the tree closely, I spotted a Northern Saw-whet Owl sitting quietlly in the tree. On October 6th the netting was operated before and after the census. A total of 29 birds of 7 species was banded (30 net-hours) including 20 kinglets. Lots of Dark-eyed Juncos along the road and some group of American Robins flying over had been seen.( Photo: young male Common Yellowthroat) See MoreSee Less
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Global Bird Rescue Week continues with team Bird Friendly Windsor (includes PIBO staff) out searching for birds that have collided with windows. If you come across a bird that has struck a window please log the data into the Global Bird Collision of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Windsor ON.It’s the 4th day of Global Bird Rescue and the BFW team has found 5 birds so far, all dead, unfortunately, including this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Although the event officially ends on Sunday, we will continue to survey the area for window collisions all month. See MoreSee Less
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From October 3rd to 4th the weather condition had been good for the migration. There were numerous Hermit Thrushes, White-throated Sparrows, kinglets, Brown Creepers, and Winter Wrens in the netting area. On the 3rd a total of 55 birds of 13 species were banded (37.5 net-hours) including 17 Golden-crowned and 7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 10 Hermit Thrushes. On the 4th a total of 66 birds of 15 species was banded (35.6 net-hours) including 26 Golden-crowned and 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 9 Hermit and 6 Swainson’s Thrushes, and 7 Brown Creepers. Quite a few Anerican Robins and Eastern Bluebirds had been observed for the last few days as well.( Photo: Blue-headed Vireo) See MoreSee Less
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