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October 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Long Point Bird Observatory, Canada

Peter, having finished his work in Denmark, is now in remote Ontario, Canada. He has been monitoring the autumn migration from Long Point Bird Observatory, the oldest such place in the entire Western hemisphere. During one ringing session he extracted a rare Kirkland's warbler from the net. The same day he was packed off to Breakwater banding station, which is important in terms of numbers of birds passing and for rarities. Peter rang the station's first hooded warbler and Bicknell's thrush.

Peter and his team rang over 1,000 birds including many flycatchers and woodpeckers. After one month in the field, he returned to the observatory and the luxuries of hot showers and internet access. After that he visited "the tip", a good site for southward migration, where over 1,000 blue jays were recorded in a single day. Rings were placed on 170 blackpoll warblers, and semipalmated and grey plovers were prominent among wader species.

Peter has returned to the observatory once more to take part in the seasonal ringing of owls. This is his last job in Canada and he will return to England, where he is to give our group a talk on his experiences, scheduled for 9th January 2019.

Ian Muldoon