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9/10/2004

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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