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Ringer required

Had to pass on details of this position – i spent Spring 2008 as the bander-in charge at Innis Point Bird Observatory and enjoyed every minute. The birds are great, both for watching and ringing and the BO directors and volunteers are a  great bunch of people. “VOLUNTEER BANDING ASSISTANT–Innis Point Bird Observatory, near Ottawa, […]

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 […]

IPBO, Spring Migration Monitoring, Week 5

Blackpoll Warbler Wind and rain meant net closures and another 3 days site closure due to military activity, making for a disappointing weekly banding total of 74 birds. A Purple Martin was sighted here for the first time this Spring on the 24th May. It was, unfortunately, chased away by the Tree Swallows but we […]

IPBO, Spring Migration Monitoring, Week 4

Maria and Rachael, dedicated volunteers! Steve (of lucky rabbit fame) and Maria Female Black-throated Blue Warbler Wood Thrush Flocks of Blue Jays were seen frequently overhead and on the 15th May we caught and banded 5 in the nets at swamp. All were second year birds. We reached the halfway point of SMMP on the […]

IPBO, Spring Migration Monitoring, Week 3

Gorgeous male Chestnut-sided Warbler On Sunday 11th May as the sun rose over the river we enjoyed the fabulous sight and sound of 6,000 Canada Geese migrating overhead. As that day was Mother’s Day two of the volunteers bought homemade treats with them – Blueberry Muffins from Louise and cookies from Soo – much appreciated […]