Sunday, November 14

Made a trip to the station to take nets down for the season. Not much moving (of course) but I did hear several Common Redpolls flying over along with a few blackbirds, goldfinches and siskins. Still no Shrikes this year!
Dan Derbyshire


Peninsula D-Tommy Thompson Park

Banding Lab at TTPBRS, November 2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-November 4-12

Alas, another superb season of bird migration at Tommy Thompson has come and gone......
Few net hours were logged during the final week of fall 2004 as wind, rain and cold temperatures were unyielding. Many a leaf was extracted when the nets were open however! In all, 16 birds were banded from November 4-12, most of those being Black-capped Chickadees. There was some light movement of winter finches, American Pipit and both Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Goshawk. The period really belonged to the waterfowl now staging in high numbers in the waters surrounding Tommy Thompson Park.
A report on fall 2004 results is currently being prepared and will be completed in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for a more detailed account. Overall, it was an excellent season of monitoring as bird numbers and species richness were the highest in our two-year history at Tommy Thompson Park. Equally as important were the hundreds of park visitors and students that were given banding demonstrations and bird talks. The implementation of both the research and education inititiatives hinges upon the dedicated support of many volunteers. On behalf of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Toronto Bird Observatory, I would like to thank the volunteers for their assistance in 2004!
Nov 4
Nov 5
1-Black Scoter (1st for TTPBRS)
2-Tundra Swan (2nd for TTPBRS)
1-Rough-legged Hawk (2nd for TTPBRS)
91-Snow Bunting
Nov 8
3620-Long-tailed Duck
2-Common Redpoll (1st of fall)
Nov 9
2-Cackling Goose (1st for TTPBRS)
2-Common Redpoll
Nov 10
1-Barrow's x Common Goldeneye (hybrid)
Season Banding Total
Season Species Total
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)


Monday, November 8-2004

Very cold today and therefore no banding. However, 2 Common Redpolls were heard flying over on census. Also seen at Tommy Thompson Park today were 3 Northern Goshawk, 2 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, and 1 Myrtle Warbler at the lighthouse.
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator


Saturday, November 7-2004

Four new species for the fall today, one of which was new for the TTPBRS checklist. Bonapartes Gull (6), Black Scoter (new for TTPBRS), Tundra Swan (2) and Rough-legged Hawk (1) were observed today. Songbirds remain in very small numbers except for small groups of American Goldfinch, Snow Bunting and American Tree Sparrow.
Dan Derbyshire


American Tree Sparrow (S.Leckie)

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.
Oct 28
1-Swamp Sparrow
Nov 1
10-Black-capped Chickadee
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
Season Species Total
Northern Saw-whet Owl Total
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator



Monday, November 1-2004

Overall bird numbers and diversity are way down from last week. The most apparent passarine species at the research station is Black-capped Chickadee followed by American Tree Sparrow. There were reports of Rough-legged Hawk, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, and Snow Bunting at TTP over the weekend. Also, a Barred Owl or "the" Barred Owl was observed just off the peninsula D road on October 31st. A White-winged Scoter was observed with Bufflehead near Bloekpol island.
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator