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9/17/2004

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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