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IPBO, Spring Migration Monitoring, Final week

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-breasted Nuthatch – another ringing tick!
Well, we ended Spring banding as we began – wearing rubber boots! (thats wellies for you English folk). On the 29th May as I arrived back at the banding shed after letting the volunteers back out an Osprey was sitting on the platform outside with another flying round calling. A really interesting bird captured during the last few days of the Programme was an American Pipit, only the 8th ever banded at IPBO and the first ever during Spring.

American Pipit – the first one ever banded in the Spring at IPBO

Captures were variable during the last week and despite having all the nets open some days we only caught a handful of birds. Cedar Waxwings became regulars in the net during the last week but not in large numbers as in some years.

Cedar Waxwing
My last day as BIC ended, quite literally, with a splash when I managed to slip off the boardwalk and into the swamp! Oops!

Even though the numbers of birds were well down on previous years I must say that I enjoyed my stay at IBPO immensely. What a fabulous site to have the privilege to stay at. Thanks must go to all the volunteers for their hard work, both old hands who have been coming along for years and to people who came along for the first time this year – without you all it would be impossible to run the SMMP. Many thanks also to the IPBO directors for all their valuable help and advice, taking me grocery shopping and for my weekly shower!


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