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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/