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You were banded!

Thank you for taking part in our Band-a-Visitor activity

The number on your band is also the number on the banded leg of a bird somewhere in the world! All the numbers below belong to birds that were banded at the Innis Point Bird Observatory, located within Ottawa’s own Important Bird Area.

Scientists attach numbered bands onto birds to help them study the birds and learn about bird migration and survival. The information collected when the bird is captured along with the band number is shared on a central database that bird banders can see. Some birds are caught two or more times at the same or different locations.
Learn more about what bird you are! Choose your band number from the list below.

Northern Saw-whet Owl by Bob BodgeThe Northern Saw-whet Owl is one of the smallest owls in North America, just 20 cm in length. Males and females are similar in appearance, but females are slightly larger. They have brown body spotted with white above and streaked below as well as on the face. Like most owls, this species has short legs, rounded wings, large yellow eyes and a disk-shaped face that lacks of ear tufts.

They live in the forest and are nocturnal birds. Northern Saw-whet owls have a high-pitched toot like call that it is a common evening sound in coniferous forests where they are most abundant. They hunt small mammals like mice, shrews and voles.

Quick facts:

  • Date banded: October 30, 2001
  • Sex: Female
  • Date recaptured: Not captured
chickadee by Jeff WhitlockThe Black-capped Chickadee has a short plump body, oversized head, a solid black cap and bib, and white cheeks, gray back, wings and tail. It is a small bird, weighting about 11 g. and 13 cm in length.
Males and females chickadees are alike in appearance.

Chickadees are curious about people and everything else in their territories, they may be found from forest and woodlots to residential neighborhoods, parks and cattail marshes. They eat seeds, berries, insects and spiders.

Quick facts about 2220-16612:

  • Date banded: January 26, 2002
  • Sex:
  • Date recaptured: December 6, 2003
Swamp Sparrow by Matt MuirThe Swamp Sparrow is a small songbird, 14 cm in length, with mottled brown back, gray breast, white throat, reddish brown cap, gray face and sides of neck, and reddish wings. Male and female are similar in appearance.

The Swamp sparrow can be found in various wetlands, including marshes, bogs, meadows and swamps, and they are mainly active during the day.
This species has longer legs than other sparrows. This characteristic allows them to walk in the shallow water to pick insects and seeds from the mud or surface of the water.

Quick facts about 3111-97842:

  • Date banded: July 3, 2011
  • Sex: male
  • Date recaptured: June 17, 2012
 Common Yellowthroat SingingThe Common Yellowthroat is a small songbird, about 13 cm in length, weighting 10 g. The males are olive green with a black facial mask with a whitish line above of it, and bright yellow in the chin, throat and chest. Females look similar but without the black mask.

Yellowthroats live in open areas like marshes, bogs, pastures, old fields and open pine forest. During migration it is common to also spot them in backyards. They like to eat insects such as grasshoppers, dragonflies, beetles, butterflies and even spiders as well.

Quick facts about 2440-37078:

  • Date banded: June 26, 2012
  • Sex: male
  • Date recaptured: July 1, 2012
 American Robin by Lt. ShearsThe American Robin is a large songbird, 25 cm in length and 77 g weight in average. It has a distinctive reddish chest, a grey-brown back and a dark head. They have white accents above and below their eyes on the lower belly and under the tail which is noticeable when they are flying. Females are slightly shorter than males and also slightly paler in colour. American Robins are common in a wide variety of habitats such as pine forests, deciduous woodlands, swamps, pastures, parks, yards and suburbs. They like to eat insects and fruits.

Quick facts about 1212-58866:

  • Date banded: May 15, 2009
  • Sex: female
  • Date recaptured: June 5, 2009
Blue JayThe Blue Jay is a large crested songbird, measuring 28 cm in length and weighting around 87 g. They are bright blue on top and whitish gray on belly and chin, with blue crest and black collar. The feathers on wings and tail are bright blue, with white and black bands. Males are slightly larger than females.
This bird has many calls, but the most familiar is the jay call. Blue jays can eat fruits, nuts, seeds, insects, mice, frogs, small songbirds and bird eggs. Sometimes they will cache their food to keep a snack for later. Blue Jays like to live in deciduous and mixed forest, open woodland, suburban areas and parks.

Quick facts about 1222-66704:

  • Date banded: September 24, 2005
  • Sex: unknown
  • Date recaptured: June 5, 2009
Yellow warbler by Liza MyersThe Yellow Warbler is a small songbird, 13 cm in length, with a relatively large thin bill. This bird has golden yellow plumage with reddish streaks on the breast. Males and females are similar but males are generally brighter in color. Yellow Warblers like to eat insects such as midges, caterpillars, beetles, leafhoppers and wasps. They live in marshes and swamps, willow-lined streams and bogs.

Quick facts about 2140-51028

  • Date banded: July 18, 1998
  • Sex: female
  • Date recaptured: July 13, 2002
Hairy Woodpecker by Arthur ChapmanThe Hairy Woodpecker is a medium woodpecker, 24 cm in length. They have black wings checkered with white, two white stripes on the head with a red patch on the back of the head. A large white patch at the black back.  Females don’t have the red patch in the back of their head. This species is so similar to Downy Woodpecker, but this last one is smaller and has black barring in the outer tail feathers that Hairy Woodpecker do not have. Hairy Woodpeckers like to eat insects, specially the wood-boring beetles and bark beetles larvae, ants and moth pupae. They like to live in mature forests, but also in suburban areas, parks, woodlots and cementeries.

Quick facts about 1951-76968

  • Date banded: May 21, 2007
  • Sex: male
  • Date recaptured: June 5, 2009
Sharp-shinned Hawk by Tanya DeweyThe Sharp-shinned Hawk is the smallest hawk in North America, males are 27 cm and females are larger, measuring 34 cm in length. This hawk has long legs, short rounded wings and very long tails, they are blue gray above and darker on the crown. The breast is white with brown orange bars, the wings are dark above and light below. In addition to the difference in size, females have fewer bars on the breast and are more brownish. These acrobatic flyers like to live in the forest but can be found near rural, suburban and agricultural areas where they hunt small birds and mammals.

Quick facts about 0792-24753

  • Date banded: May 27, 2005
  • Sex: male
  • Date recaptured: May 20, 2009
Baltimore Oriole by Phil MyersThe Baltimore Oriole is a medium sized songbird, measuring 20 cm in length. Males are slightly longer than females. Males have bright orange breast, rump and underparts, black head, bill and back with a white bar on their black wings. Females have yellow orange breast, gray head and back, the wings are brown with two white bars. Baltimore Orioles live in deciduous forests, but they can also breed in a variety of habitats and are found in urban parks and suburban landscapes. This bird likes to eat insects, fruit and nectar. The Baltimore Oriole is the bird featured on the Bird Day Fair poster.

Quick facts about 2231-68214

  • Date banded: May 17, 2008
  • Sex: male
  • Date recaptured: May 24, 2009
Tree Swallow by MctheriotThe Tree Swallow is a small songbird, 15 cm in length, with long pointed wings and lightly notched tail. Males are blue green above and white below with a thin black mask. Flight feathers are black. Females are duller with brownish underparts. This acrobatic flyer likes to catch all kinds of flying insects such as dragonflies, flies, mayflies, true bugs, bees, ants, beetles, butterflies, etc. During breeding season, they also eat fish bones, crayfish exoskeletons, clamshells and eggshells of gulls and loons. Tree Swallow can be found in marshes, meadows, shorelines, beaver ponds and wooded swamps.

Quick facts about 2141-57682

  • Date banded: April 23, 2008
  • Sex: male
  • Date recaptured: May 26, 2009



Many thanks to the  Innis Point Bird Observatory for putting on “I was banded” activity!

Innis Point Bird Observatory


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