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10/22/2004

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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