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Marked/Banded Birds Last Updated 8/6/06

Great Egret

These are not projects of NYSOA. This information is provided for birders who may encounter marked birds.

PROJECT UPDATE - Summary of update from Bill Watson, July 21, 2006:

Chip Weseloh has banded over 500 Great Egrets with red left leg bands in the last five years. More than 100 Great Egrets were colour-banded with red plastic bands at Nottawasaga Island (near Collingwood) this summer. The bands have various letters and numbers, in white, on them. In addition to these birds there are about 75 Great Egrets banded in recent years in Western NY on Motor Island in the Niagara River.  Please continue to look for Great Egrets with leg bands as described for these projects.  Please try to read the number and send it and the location to:

Chip Weseloh
Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario Region
4905 Dufferin St.
Downsview, Ontario
M3H 5T4
Phone: 416-739-5846
Bill Watson
771 Fletcher Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Great Egrets banded on Motor Island, Niagara River, 2002   (summary by Bill Watson)
(Red band with white 3-digit alphanumeric code)

On June 17, 2002 between 11:00 am and 1:00 PM, twenty nestling Great Egrets were banded at the heron colony on Motor Island in Niagara River by Dr. D. V. Chip Weseloh, Wildlife Biologist for Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario Region, Mark Kandel, Senior Wildlife Biologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and myself. I had requested that the Great Egrets be color banded in the hope that we might be able to learn something about the post breeding dispersal and migration of these young Great Egrets. There are many possibilities. They could migrate east through Iroquois NWR and Montezuma NWR to the Atlantic Flyway. On July 28, 2002 one egret banded this way was observed in the Finger Lakes region of Region 2.

Please look for Great Egrets with leg bands above the "knee" of the left leg that are RED WITH WHITE LETTER(S) AND NUMBERS. They also have the traditional aluminum bands on the right leg above the "ankle." If you see any please, if possible record the letter(s) and numbers.


             from Bill Watson on NYSBIRDS-L on September 10, 2002:

[Since the twenty Great Egret nestlings were banded,] there have been FOUR REPORTS of Great Egrets with red leg bands in NEW YORK STATE: The first was received July 27 from Jim Kimball of a Great Egret with a Red Leg Band matching a Motor Island code at Cuylerville, NY in Livingston County. August 8 2002 a red banded egret was observed in Lancaster, NY in Erie County. On September 1 (Brenda Best) and September 2 (Mike Morgante) recorded the number-letters on the red band of a Great Egret in the Mays Point Pool at Montezuma NWR.


Great Egrets banded on Southern Georgian Bay (Lake Huron), Ontario, 2001
(Red band with white 3-digit alphanumeric code)

Great Egrets were banded with coloured plastic leg-bands on an island in southern Georgian Bay (Lake Huron), Ontario. The bands are red with white numbers and letters, e.g. A10.

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