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Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 28-November 3

Going out on a quiet note..........
 
Landbird migration during the past week was surprisingly quiet as late fall songbirds seemed to have gone. American Tree Sparrows, Juncos and other late fall migrants have been almost absent in November 2004. On the other hand, there were reports of large numbers of migrants at other migration monitoring sites in Ontario so therefore the lack of birds in the GTA could be a reflection of localized weather conditions. We still have a few days left of monitoring so we may have some good days yet!
 
Coverage during the update period was rather weak due to inclement weather which is very similar to November 2003. As a result of the wind and rain we only managed to band 100 birds during the week. The busiest day of the week was October 28th when 40 birds were banded and 25 recaptured. This seemed to be the last push for kinglets (18), creepers (3), juncos (8) and American Tree Sparrows (6). We did reach season high totals for Black-capped Chickadee, Red-winged and Rusty Blackbird, American Pipit, and Snow Bunting during the week. Banding totals averaged around 10 birds/day for the latter half of the period and consisted of mostly Black-capped Chickadee and Northern Cardinal. Noticeable by their absence this fall are Lapland Longspurs which have not yet been reported at Tommy Thompson Park and few have been reported in southern Ontario. 
 
An impressive 6 owl species were reported at Tommy Thompson Park in the past week and they are: Northern Saw-Whet, Boreal, Great-horned, Barred, Short-eared and Long-eared Owl.
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Oct 28
1-Swamp Sparrow
Nov 1
10-Black-capped Chickadee
 
Observations
Oct 28
28-Black-capped Chickadee
1-Eastern Bluebird
1-Northern Parula (late)
Oct 29
1-Northern Goshawk
1-Tree Swallow
Nov 1
1-Belted Kingfisher
650-Red-winged Blackbird
Nov 3
1-Black-crowned Night Heron
2700-Long-tailed Duck
1-Hairy Woodpecker
2-Eastern Bluebird
11-Hermit Thrush
27-Snow Bunting
26-Pine Siskin
 
Season Banding Total
3753
 
Season Species Total
167
 
Northern Saw-whet Owl Total
28
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA