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10/15/2004

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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/