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11/14/2004

Sunday, November 14

Made a trip to the station to take nets down for the season. Not much moving (of course) but I did hear several Common Redpolls flying over along with a few blackbirds, goldfinches and siskins. Still no Shrikes this year!
 
Dan Derbyshire

11/12/2004


Peninsula D-Tommy Thompson Park

Banding Lab at TTPBRS, November 2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-November 4-12

Alas, another superb season of bird migration at Tommy Thompson has come and gone......
 
Few net hours were logged during the final week of fall 2004 as wind, rain and cold temperatures were unyielding. Many a leaf was extracted when the nets were open however! In all, 16 birds were banded from November 4-12, most of those being Black-capped Chickadees. There was some light movement of winter finches, American Pipit and both Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Goshawk. The period really belonged to the waterfowl now staging in high numbers in the waters surrounding Tommy Thompson Park.
 
A report on fall 2004 results is currently being prepared and will be completed in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for a more detailed account. Overall, it was an excellent season of monitoring as bird numbers and species richness were the highest in our two-year history at Tommy Thompson Park. Equally as important were the hundreds of park visitors and students that were given banding demonstrations and bird talks. The implementation of both the research and education inititiatives hinges upon the dedicated support of many volunteers. On behalf of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Toronto Bird Observatory, I would like to thank the volunteers for their assistance in 2004!
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Observations
 
Nov 4
12-Dunlin
 
Nov 5
4-Sanderling
1-Black Scoter (1st for TTPBRS)
2-Tundra Swan (2nd for TTPBRS)
1-Rough-legged Hawk (2nd for TTPBRS)
91-Snow Bunting
 
Nov 8
3620-Long-tailed Duck
2-Common Redpoll (1st of fall)
 
Nov 9
2-Cackling Goose (1st for TTPBRS)
2-Common Redpoll
 
Nov 10
1-Barrow's x Common Goldeneye (hybrid)
 
Season Banding Total
3775
 
Season Species Total
173
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
 

11/08/2004

Monday, November 8-2004

Very cold today and therefore no banding. However, 2 Common Redpolls were heard flying over on census. Also seen at Tommy Thompson Park today were 3 Northern Goshawk, 2 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, and 1 Myrtle Warbler at the lighthouse.
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator

11/07/2004

Saturday, November 7-2004

Four new species for the fall today, one of which was new for the TTPBRS checklist. Bonapartes Gull (6), Black Scoter (new for TTPBRS), Tundra Swan (2) and Rough-legged Hawk (1) were observed today. Songbirds remain in very small numbers except for small groups of American Goldfinch, Snow Bunting and American Tree Sparrow.
Dan Derbyshire

11/06/2004


American Tree Sparrow (S.Leckie)

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 28-November 3

Going out on a quiet note..........
 
Landbird migration during the past week was surprisingly quiet as late fall songbirds seemed to have gone. American Tree Sparrows, Juncos and other late fall migrants have been almost absent in November 2004. On the other hand, there were reports of large numbers of migrants at other migration monitoring sites in Ontario so therefore the lack of birds in the GTA could be a reflection of localized weather conditions. We still have a few days left of monitoring so we may have some good days yet!
 
Coverage during the update period was rather weak due to inclement weather which is very similar to November 2003. As a result of the wind and rain we only managed to band 100 birds during the week. The busiest day of the week was October 28th when 40 birds were banded and 25 recaptured. This seemed to be the last push for kinglets (18), creepers (3), juncos (8) and American Tree Sparrows (6). We did reach season high totals for Black-capped Chickadee, Red-winged and Rusty Blackbird, American Pipit, and Snow Bunting during the week. Banding totals averaged around 10 birds/day for the latter half of the period and consisted of mostly Black-capped Chickadee and Northern Cardinal. Noticeable by their absence this fall are Lapland Longspurs which have not yet been reported at Tommy Thompson Park and few have been reported in southern Ontario. 
 
An impressive 6 owl species were reported at Tommy Thompson Park in the past week and they are: Northern Saw-Whet, Boreal, Great-horned, Barred, Short-eared and Long-eared Owl.
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Oct 28
1-Swamp Sparrow
Nov 1
10-Black-capped Chickadee
 
Observations
Oct 28
28-Black-capped Chickadee
1-Eastern Bluebird
1-Northern Parula (late)
Oct 29
1-Northern Goshawk
1-Tree Swallow
Nov 1
1-Belted Kingfisher
650-Red-winged Blackbird
Nov 3
1-Black-crowned Night Heron
2700-Long-tailed Duck
1-Hairy Woodpecker
2-Eastern Bluebird
11-Hermit Thrush
27-Snow Bunting
26-Pine Siskin
 
Season Banding Total
3753
 
Season Species Total
167
 
Northern Saw-whet Owl Total
28
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA

 

11/02/2004

Monday, November 1-2004

Overall bird numbers and diversity are way down from last week. The most apparent passarine species at the research station is Black-capped Chickadee followed by American Tree Sparrow. There were reports of Rough-legged Hawk, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, and Snow Bunting at TTP over the weekend. Also, a Barred Owl or "the" Barred Owl was observed just off the peninsula D road on October 31st. A White-winged Scoter was observed with Bufflehead near Bloekpol island.
 
Cheers,
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator

10/28/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 21-27

Numbers dropping but excellent birding and a couple of goodies.....
 
We are now past the peak of fall migration in southern Ontario although daily banding totals are still above average. Even though we are past the peak of songbird migration, we still have much to look forward to such as the arrival of late fall passerines (e.g. American Tree Sparrows, Snow Buntings, Redpolls), Raptors (e.g. Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk), Owls and perhaps a few more surprises.
 
The week has been fairly steady in terms of daily banding totals as we are averaging approximately 50 birds/day. Kinglets, Hermit Thrush and Slate-coloured Junco were the primary species captured on the 21st when 83 birds were banded. Another 77 birds were banded on the 22nd and 86 were banded on the 23rd. Poor weather on the 24th resulted in only 23 birds being banded and 18 recaptured. This was rather fortuitous as it gave us ample opportunity to spend time with park visitors for the Tommy Thompson Park Fall Bird Festival. The banding demonstrations are becoming a staple at TTPBRS and are extremely rewarding for both the visitors and station personnel! Heavy fog on the 25th resulted in high detection but few captures as Myrtle Warblers and Kinglets were observed feeding at canopy level on insect clouds. A White-eyed Vireo banded on the 26th was the first of this species ever recorded at TTPBRS! The bird was recaptured again today along with a late Gray Catbird, Magnolia Warbler and Nashville Warbler. The highlight for today was the second record of Yellow-breasted Chat for TTPBRS. The first record was October 6 of this year. The bird was heard singing near net 3 just off the road and was not relocated.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Oct 23
1-Field Sparrow
3-Northern Cardinal
Oct 26
1-White-eyed Vireo (1st for TTPBRS)
1-Common Yellowthroat
Oct 27
1-Nashville Warbler (late)
1-Magnolia Warbler (late)
3-American Tree Sparrow
 
Observations
Oct 21
3-Sanderling
2-Canvasback
Oct 22
1-Pine Warbler
1-Red Knot
Oct 23
1-Merlin
11-American Crow
2-Red Knot
4-White-rumped Sandpiper
Oct 25
55-Dunlin
1-Hairy Woodpecker
1-White-breasted Nuthatch
165-Golden-crowned Kinglet
40-Myrtle Warbler
5-Purple Finch
21-Pine Siskin
Oct 26
1-Northern Saw-whet Owl
3-Eastern Bluebird
Oct 27
1-Yellow-breasted Chat (2nd for TTPBRS)
120-Red-winged Blackbird
 
Season Banding Total
3653
 
Season Species Total
165
 
Dan Derbyshire
Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
 

10/27/2004


White-eyed Vireo, October 26-2004 (derbyshire) Posted by Hello

10/22/2004


Northern Saw-whet Owl October 18, 2004 (Seabrooke Leckie) Posted by Hello

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 14-20

High winds, rain, and few migrants.....
 
The week started off with moderate numbers of birds passing through Tommy Thompson Park. 64 birds were banded on the 14th, 46 on the 15th and 60 on the 16th. Species composition during the early part of the week was dominated by Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglet (surprise!), Brown Creeper and Dark-eyed Junco. Similar to last year, many kinglets are stopping over for longer periods than other migrants at TTP, as evidenced by the 43 we recaptured on October 16th. The latter part of the week was essentially a bust for the banding program of our protocol as winds were too high to open the nets. Despite the winds, the birding has been quite good in the past week, especially for waterbirds. Tommy Thompson Park is currently being flooded with ducks such as Long-tailed Duck, American Widgeon, Bufflehead, and Greater and Lesser Scaup. Also, with the low water levels on TTP shorelines, shorebirds have been much more numerous on peninsula D than in years previous. Staff and volunteers of the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station have begun Saw-whet Owl Monitoring and so far we have only managed to catch 6, however we have had few nights with ideal weather conditions and the Saw-whet migration will continue through mid-late November.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Oct 18
1-American Woodcock
 
Observations
Oct 14
17-Winter Wren
150-Golden-crowned Kinglet
20-Hermit Thrush
3-Sanderling
Oct 15
7-Black-bellied Plover
Oct 16
1-Vesper Sparrow (1st for TTPBRS)
1-Osprey
Oct 18
1-Barred Owl (1st for TTPBRS)
4-Pectoral Sandpiper
2-Red Knot (1st for TTPBRS)
Oct 19
5-Chipping Sparrow (high count for TTPBRS)
 
Lakewatch from Endikement Tip on October 20:
1-Pomarine Jaeger
2-Red-throated Loon
80-White-winged Scoter
4-Black Scoter
1-Surf Scoter
 
Season Banding Total
3240
 
Season Species Total
163
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
 

10/19/2004

windy, windy, windy

Wind and rain have limited net hours during the past week, however we have managed to add Red Knot, Barred Owl and Vesper Sparrow to the TTPBRS checklist.
 
Also, we managed to band 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls the night of the 18th, which brings our NSWO season total to just 4. More to come.....
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
 
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO:   www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

Foreign Recovery

On May 24th, 2004 we recaptured an American Redstart with a band that was not ours. Here is the origin of this bird:
 
This AMRE was originally banded by Long Point Bird Obs. as a ASY-F on May 27, 2002 at LPBO Tip - 22 km ESE of Port Rowan, lat-long 423-0800.
 
The consitutes the 8th foreign encounter from TTPBRS!
 
Cheers,
 
Dan

10/15/2004


Red-tailed Hawk, October 5 (Seabrooke Leckie) Posted by Hello

Yellow-breasted Chat October 6-2004 (Seabrooke Leckie) Posted by Hello

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 7-13

Kinglets, hermits and white-throats, must be October!
 
Another fantastic week at Tommy Thompson Park started off quietly with 25 birds banded on October 8th. A grade 4 class was treated to banding demonstrations and bird ecology discussions on that day. Heavy south winds really put a damper on ground level migration on the following morning as only 11 birds were captured. Winds shifted to the north on the 10th, resulting in yet another 100+ bird day at TTPBRS. The bulk of the banding total was composed of White-throated Sparrow (24), Myrtle Warbler (21) and Golden-crowned Kinglet (17). Another 122 birds were banded on October 11th, however the biggest day of the week occurred on the 12th as 266 birds were banded, 5 recaptured and 168 released unbanded! An incredible 59 Hermit Thrush were banded along with 89 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 8 Fox Sparrow and 14 Dark-eyed Junco. With no opportunity for pause, another fallout happened on the 13th as 162 birds were banded. I suppose the term fallout is inappropriate for TTP in the fall as birds don't "fallout" so much as they are "pushed out" onto the park from the don valley and lakeshore greenspaces.
 
Note: You can check for more frequent updates on the TTPBRS sightings board which was just revamped and is located at: http://tboweb.blogspot.com/
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
 
October 7
1-Magnolia Warbler
October 8
1-Orange-crowned Warbler Oct 8
1-House Wren Oct 8
October 9
1-Red-eyed Vireo Oct 9
October 10
1-Orange-crowned Warbler Oct 10
4-Swamp Sparrow Oct 10
October 11
1-Eastern Towhee Oct 11
1-Orange-crowed Warbler Oct 11
October 12
59-Hermit Thrush Oct 12
8-Fox Sparrow Oct 12
October 13
1-Black-throated Blue Warbler Oct 13
 
Observations
 
October 7
12-Pine Siskin
1-American Redstart
8-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
October 9
40-Green-winged Teal
60-Gadwall
October 10
1-Ovenbird
October 12
1-Common Goldeneye
1-White-rumped Sandpiper (1st record for TTPBRS)
7-Black-bellied Plover
1-American Golden Plover (2nd record for TTPBRS)
1-Northern Saw-whet Owl
210-Golden-crowned Kinglet
125-Ruby-crowned Kinglet
95-Hermit Thrush
2-House Sparrow
 
Season Banding Total
2997
(2281 to this date in 2003)
 
Season Species Total
159
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
 
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO:   www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

10/08/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 30-October 6

More busy mornings and a couple of surprises......

The week started off with a bang as 186 birds were banded on September 30, consisting of 11 Brown Creeper, 12 Winter Wren, 74 Golden-crowned Kinglet and 40 White-throated Sparrow. The first day of October saw the arrival of Pine Siskin, Bufflehead and Fox Sparrow. Pine Siskins have been recorded on a daily basis during the past week and in higher than normal density, leading us to believe it may be an irruption year for finches. 105 birds were banded on October 1. October 2-4 were quiet due to a preponderance of southern weather. Wind direction switched to the north on the evening of the 4th and as a result, 210 birds were banded on October 5. Featured on this day were high numbers of Myrtle Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (having a big year), as well as kinglets and white-throats. The highlight of the day was the capture and banding of a Red-tailed Hawk! This is the first of this species ever banded at TTPBRS. Another first was extracted from net 6 on October 6, a HY male Yellow-breasted Chat!

Just another week at Tommy Thompson Park!

HIGHLIGHTS
Banding
1-Tennessee Warbler Sept 30
1-Philadelphia Vireo Sept 30
1-Northern Parula Sept 30
1-Ovenbird Oct 5
1-Blackburnian Warbler Oct 5
45-Myrtle Warbler Oct 5
1-Red-eyed Vireo Oct 5
6-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Oct 5
1-Red-tailed Hawk Oct 5 (1st banding record for TTPBRS)
1-Yellow-breasted Chat Oct 6 (1st record for TTPBRS)

Observations
11-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 30
4-Orange-crowned Warbler Sept 30
1-Olive-sided Flycatcher Oct 1
16-Pine Siskin Oct 3
1-Cape-May Warbler Oct 4
80-White-throated Sparrow Oct 5
90-Myrtle Warbler Oct 5
1-Long-tailed Duck Oct 5

Season Banding Total
2248

Season Species Total
156

Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA



The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)


TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb

10/01/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 23-29

whew.....

A mega week at Tommy Thompson Park! The first few days of the update period were fairly quiet due to westerly winds. The 58 birds banded on the 23rd was composed mainly of Swainson's and Grey-cheeked Thrush and Nashville Warbler. Migration slowed to a trickle again on the 25th when a mere 21 birds were banded. Two Cape May Warblers were banded on the that day which was a treat to see. Wind switching to North caused a fallout of migrants on the 26th as 113 birds were banded. White-throated Sparrow, Swainson's Thrush, Myrtle Warbler and both species of kinglet were the primary species evident on the day. A major fallout occurred on September 29 as 259 birds were banded, 4 Recaptured and 75 released unbanded. This was the third highest one-day banding total for TTPBRS.

A busy week and I am expecting that October will bring much the same....

HIGHLIGHTS

Banding
1-Blackburnian Warbler Sept 23
18-Swainson's Thrush Sept 23
11-Nashville Warbler Sept 24
2-Cape May Warbler Sept 25
1-Philadelphia Vireo Sept 26
3-Orange-crowned Warbler Sept 26
1-Cape May Warbler Sept 26
1-Bay-breasted Warbler Sept 26
3-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 29
1-House Wren Sept 29 (1st date of fall)
136-Golden-crowned Kinglet Sept 29 (not a typo!)
14-Ruby-crowned Kinglet Sept 29
6-Black-throated Blue Warbler Sept 29

Observations
1-Hermit Thrush Sept 23 (1st date of fall)
1-Least Flycatcher Sept 24
1-American Golden Plover Sept 25 (1st date of fall)
1-Red-headed Woodpecker Sept 25 (1st date of fall)
730-Blue Jay Sept 25
4-Common Loon Sept 25
1-Savannah Sparrow Sept 26 (1st date of fall)
3-Horned Lark Sept 26
2-Eastern Towhee Sept 26 (1st date of fall)
45-Myrtle Warbler Sept 26
1-Bald Eagle Sept 28 (1st for TTPBRS)
1-Bald Eagle Sept 29 (2nd for TTPBRS!)
230-Golden-crowned Kinglet Sept 29
6-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 29
1-Field Sparrow Sept 29 (1st date of fall)
12-Dark-eyed Junco Sept 29
8-Rusty Blackbird Sept 29 (1st date of fall)

Season Banding Total
1612

Season Species Total
150

Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA


The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)


TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb

9/25/2004

Saturday, September 25-2004

Highlight of the banding today was the capture of 2 Cape May Warblers, the only "Capes" banded this fall.
 
A single Red-headed Woodpecker and American Golden-Plover were sighted at the research station today. Both sightings are just the second records of each species at TTPBRS.
 
Also seen today were about 700 Blue Jays along with many Monarchs moving southwest over the park.
 
Cheers,
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 

9/24/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 16-22

A busy week.....

As anticipated, north winds and cooler temperatures brought more birds into Tommy Thompson Park, especially thrushes and the first of several late fall species. This weather pattern led to 97 birds being banded on the 18th and 95 banded on the 19th. Grey-cheeked and Swainson's Thrush along with Nashville and Black-throated Green Warbler were the dominant species on both days. The migration of Grey-cheeked Thrushes has been particularly impressive in fall 2004 as over 50 have been banded so far (compared to a total of 23 last year). A remarkable tally of 70 species was recorded on the 18th making this the highest one-day species total for fall monitoring at TTP (52 was highest in 2003 on September 26).

Weather for next week looks favourable for more excellent birding and banding at Tommy Thompson Park!

HIGHLIGHTS

Banding
1-Swamp Sparrow Sept 16
2-Least Flycatcher Sept 17
1-Mourning Warbler Sept 18
2-Western Palm Warbler Sept 18
15-Nashville Warbler Sept 18
9-Red-eyed Vireo Sept 18
3-Lincoln's Sparrow Sept 19
1-Dark-eyed Junco Sept 19
1-Northern Parula Sept 19
2-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 19
1-Scarlet Tanager Sept 20 (1st fall banding record)
13-Grey-cheeked Thrush Sept 20


Observations
1-Common Goldeneye Sept 16
1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo Sept 16 and Sept 22
13-Sandhill Crane Sept 17 (1st TTPBRS record)
1-American Wigeon Sept 17
1-Olive-sided Flycatcher Sept 18 (2nd TTPBRS record)
26-Black-throated Green Warbler Sept 18
5-Blue-headed Vireo Sept 18
1-Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Sept 18 (late)
30-White-throated Sparrow Sept 19
35-Nashville Warbler Sept 19
10-Eastern Wood-Pewee Sept 19 (Record high total)
25-Golden-crowned Kinglet Sept 19
2-Pine Warbler Sept 19
8-Winter Wren Sept 20
50-Blue Jay Sept 22

Season Banding Total
1133

Season Species Total
139

Banding Total Summaries
TTPBRS
2004
1133 (Aug 3-Sept 22)
911 (Aug 13-Sept 22)
2003 (Aug 13-Sept 22)
768
Fall 2004
TTPBRS- 1133
LPBO tip- 785
LPBO old cut- 1088
HMBORock Pt.- 906


Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA


The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)


TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb

9/17/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 9-15

Still quiet.....
 
Migrant landbirds were hard to find during the update period as persistent south winds and clear conditions limited the possibility of a "fallout" in southern Ontario. Warblers, vireos and thrushes are still coming through although the bulk of them are likely passing us by in the dead of night! Noticeable by their absence are Blue Jays in fall 2004. On September 16, 2003, 1700 were counted at TTPBRS. As of September 15, 2004, only a few had been counted. Similarly, we have yet to see many Monarch Butterflies passing over the banding lab on peninsula D. Otherwise, we are pretty much at par with results from last fall, due in part to a lack of northern cold fronts in both years during August and September.
 
A shift in the weather is forecasted for the next few days so maybe the wait is over!
 
Ps. 13 Sandhill Crane were spotted flying south during census today. This sighting constitutes the first record of this species for TTPBRS.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
1-Gray-cheeked Thrush on September 10
4-Wilson's Warbler on September 11
1-Bay-breasted Warbler on September 13
3-Northern Waterthrush on September 13
1-Blue-headed Vireo on September 13
1-Wood Thrush on September 13
1-Mourning Warbler on September 15
 
Observations
1-Red-breasted Merganser on September 10
1-Scarlet Tanager on September 10
30-Blackpoll Warbler on September 10
1-Northern Parula on September 10
1-Philadelphia Vireo on September 11
1-Northern Shoveller on September 15
1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo on September 15
 
Season Banding Total
804
 
Season Species Total
122
 
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
 

9/10/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 2-8

South winds=empty nets.....
 
We are in the midst of a September lull as unfavourable south and easterly winds have kept landbird numbers down at Tommy Thompson Park. Banding totals averaged about 12 birds banded per day for the first week of September! Landbird migration has been rather weak thus far for all of southern Ontario. One would expect that the bulk of the warblers and thrushes will make things a little busier in the coming days and weeks.
 
Despite the near absence of birds the past week, 53 park visitors were treated to banding demonstrations at TTPBRS on labour day weekend. We were fortunate to have a few interesting birds to show them! Education is the most important directive of our activities at the research station and we are looking forward to the students coming in late September and October.
 
Banding
5-American Redstart on September 2
1-Bay-breasted Warbler on September 4
1-Brown Creeper on September 5
1-Winter Wren September 5
1-Downy Woodpecker on September 5
2-White-throated Sparrow on September 8
 
Observations (A light week!)
1-Brown Thrasher on September 4
1-Red-necked Grebe on September 7
2-Sharp-shinned Hawk on September 8
1-Myrtle Warbler on September 8
1-Chipping Sparrow on September 8
 
Season Banding Total
710
 
Season Species Total
114
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
 

9/07/2004

Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station


The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) was established in 2003 by Toronto and Region Conservation in 2003 and is dedicated to the understanding, protection and awareness of birds in Toronto.


MONITORING

Migrat
ory Birds

Many migratory bird populations are declining because of habitat loss at nesting, migrating and over-wintering sites. To protect these species, we need to monitor them. Canada’s northern boreal forests are vital to migratory bird populations of North and South America. However, these remote forests are mostly inaccessible to Breeding Bird Surveys. This problem led to migration monitoring as a way to keep tabs on the health of birds in the north. At TTPBRS, birds are counted daily during spring and fall migration through bird banding and surveys. In addition to the core Migration Monitoring Program, TTPBRS also conducts a monitoring program for migratory owls.

Breeding Birds

TTPBRS monitors breeding birds every year throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The impacts of urbanization on nesting birds in the GTA are a specific focus of our breeding bird monitoring efforts. Data from these programs help conservation agencies protect birds and their environments at local, national and international levels.


RESEARCH

Ornith
ological research is another main objective of the station. We provide opportunities for students and professional researchers to study birds and to develop their skills. Staff and volunteers participate every year in various projects with researchers.

EDUCATION

The clo
se proximity of the research station to a major city affords us a unique opportunity to engage a large population at a site of global significance for birds. Education programs for students and the general public are a focus of the research station. Our curriculum based program, Winged Migration, is offered to grades 4, 6 and 7. Staff and volunteers also provide regular demonstrations for visitors and training opportunities for those interested in the study of birds.

9/02/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-August 26-September 1

Here come the warblers...
 
Birding has improved at Tommy Thompson during the past week as warblers have started to come through in high numbers. The north winds that dominated the latter half of the week produced some migrant "waves" at TTPBRS. Unfortunately, most of the birds are favouring the cottonwood and birch canopy to the lower dogwood and willow where the nets are! A season high 39 species were counted on census on August 28 and yet we only managed to band 6 birds.
 
Banding totals during the past week ranged from 1 on August 27 to 47 on September 1. Strong north winds in the fall tend to push migrants out onto the TTP landmass, while south, east and westerly winds tend to keep migrants to the greenspaces on the Toronto lakeshore. Let's hope for some strong northern weather in the coming weeks!
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
1-Black-billed Cuckoo on August 27 (2nd banding record for TTPBRS)
3-Tennessee Warbler on September 1
3-Veery on September 1
6-American Redstart on September 1
4-Traill's Flycatcher on September 1
 
Observations
8-Hooded Merganser on August 26
4-Bobolink on August 28
3-Cape May Warbler on August 28 (Higher numbers in 2004 vs. 2003)
1-Northern Parula on August 29
1-Bay-breasted Warbler on August 30
1-Blackpoll Warbler on August 30 (Lower numbers in 2004 vs. 2003)
1-Myrtle Warbler on August 30 (early record!)
20-Magnolia Warbler on August 30
5-Red-breasted Nuthatch on August 31
 
Season Banding Total
609
 
Season Species Total
110
 
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
 
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO:   www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

9/01/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP - August 19-25

The drought continues....
Bird numbers remained low at Tommy Thompson for the third week of fall coverage, which is typical for mid-late August. The peak for Waxwings, Catbirds, and Yellow Warblers has now passed and we are now awaiting more northerly breeding songbirds. Warblers are just starting to show up in southern Ontario and we are hoping for a better showing for most warbler species this fall. However, recent reports of poor breeding conditions for boreal and arctic breeding birds may be reflected in our banding and census totals at TTP this fall.
Time will tell....
HIGHLIGHTS
Banding
5-Eastern Kingbird on August 19
7-Baltimore Oriole on August 19
2-Rose-breasted Grosbeak on August 20
6-Ovenbird on August 22
4-Magnolia Warbler on August 24
1-Great-crested Flycatcher on August 25
Observations
22-Warbling Vireo on August 19
1-Marsh Wren on August 20 (2nd record for TTPBRS)
4-Canada Warbler on August 22
2-Cape May Warbler on August 22
1-Blackburnian Warbler on August 22
1-Black-throated Green Warbler on August 22
32-Chimney Swift on August 22 (high count for TTPBRS)
3-Canvasback on August 23
3-Common Loon on August 23
Season Banding Total
502
Season Species Total
99
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: http://www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

Migration Monitoring at TTP-August 12-18

Hello all,
The second week of fall migration monitoring was quiet for the most part. There were some interesting records however (see below). Numbers of Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds, Traill's and Least Flycatchers have increased. The week also featured a host of newly arrived species from more northern breeding areas. The overall diversity of birds has been increasing by the day. Looking forward to the coming weeks of Blue Jays, Blackpolls and Sharp-shins!
Note:
We could still use some skilled birders for census and point counts at the research station. If interested please contact me!
HIGHLIGHTS
Banding
1-Black-billed Cuckoo on August 12 (1st banded for TTPBRS)
3-Mourning Warbler on August 13
1-Black and White Warbler on August 14
1-American Redstart on August 15
3-Ovenbird on August 16
1-Tennessee on August 16
1-Magnolia Warbler on August 16
1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo on August 17
8-Warbling Vireo on August 18
Observations
1-Merlin on August 12
42-Purple Martin on August 12 (Fall 03 high was 3!)
1-Osprey on August 13
1-Veery on August 14
62-Cedar Waxwing on August 15
25-American Goldfinch on August 16
2-White-throated Sparrow on August 16
750-European Starling (nearly a lowlight!)
1-Trumpeter Swan on August 18
Season Banding Total
341
Season Species Total
86
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: http://www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

Migration Monitoring at TTP-August 5-11

Weekly update on Migration Monitoring Results from Tommy Thompson Park for the week of August 5-11.
The first official day of monitoring for fall 2004 was August 5th. Typically, August has a slower pace than September and October although this migration "window" is critical for some species such as Yellow Warblers, Catbirds, Swallows and empidonax flycatchers. There has been a reasonable supply of these species during the first week, although banding totals are rather modest as is expected for this time of year. A few of the highlights are presented below.
HIGHLIGHTS
Banding
1-Northern Waterthrush on August 5
12-Yellow Warbler on August 5
1-White-throated Sparrow on August 6
1-Canada Warbler on August 7
2-Nashville Warbler on August 7 (early)
1-Swainson's Thrush on August 7
Observations
1-Peregrine Falcon on August 5
1-Black-billed Cuckoo on August 5
1-Eastern Bluebird on August 7 (rare for TTP)
28-Yellow Warbler on August 8
Season Banding Total
208
Season Species Total
65
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: http://www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

3/18/2004

TOMMY THOMPSON PARK BIRD RESEARCH STATION
Dedicated to the Understanding, Protection and Awareness of Birds in Toronto


The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) was established in 2003 by Toronto and Region Conservation in 2003 and is dedicated to the understanding, protection and awareness of birds in Toronto.

TTPBRS is in Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit) located at the foot of Leslie Street, south of Lake Shore Blvd, minutes from downtown Toronto.
The park is open to the public weekends and holidays from 9am-6pm April through October and 9am-4:30pm November through March.
For more information please visit www.trca.on.ca/ttp.







MONITORING


Migratory Birds

Many migratory bird populations are declining because of habitat loss at nesting, migrating and over-wintering sites. To protect these species, we need to monitor them. Canada’s northern boreal forests are vital to migratory bird populations. However, these remote forests are mostly inaccessible to Breeding Bird Surveys. This problem led to the creation of Migration Monitoring as a way to keep tabs on the health of birds in the north. At TTPBRS, birds are counted daily during spring (April 1-June 9) and fall migration (August 5-November 12) through bird banding and surveys. In addition to the core Migration Monitoring Program, TTPBRS also conducts an annual monitoring program for migratory owls.


Breeding Birds

TTPBRS monitors breeding birds every year throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The impacts of urbanization on nesting birds in the GTA are a specific focus of our breeding bird monitoring efforts. Data from these programs help conservation agencies protect birds and their environments at local, national and international levels.



RESEARCH

Ornithological research is another main objective of the station. We provide opportunities for students and professional researchers to study birds and to develop their skills. Staff and volunteers participate every year in various projects with researchers.




EDUCATION

The close proximity of the research station to a major city affords us a unique opportunity to engage a large population at a site of global significance for birds. Education programs for students and the general public are a focus of the research station. Our curriculum based program, Winged Migration, is offered to grades 4, 6 and 7. Staff and volunteers also provide regular demonstrations for visitors and training opportunities for those interested in the study of birds.