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Migration Monitoring Update-May 6-12

Birding improved considerably during the past week, as many as 15 species of warbler can be found at Tommy Thompson Park although many species are still late. A respectable 54 birds were banded on the 6th of May, which featured the arrival of Lincoln's Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat and Wood Thrush. White-throated Sparrows were coming through in good numbers as evidenced by the 27 banded on this date. That being said, we still haven't experienced any big White-throat days in 2005. Highlights from the 7th included our first spring record of Cackling Goose as well as "Gambel's" White-crowned Sparrow. Banding totals dropped on the 8th as only 33 were banded, however we were delighted to see the first Baltimore Oriole and Blue-headed Vireo (April 26 arrival in 2004) of the year. The morning of the 9th featured a season high for Common Loon (8) and a good number of Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow Warbler and White-crowned Sparrow. The 3 Eastern Towhees detected on the 10th was noteworthy. A shift in the weather (warm southerlies) produced a fallout on the 11th when 108 birds were banded of 33 species. A total of 14 new arrivals were detected on what was the best day of the spring to date! Record numbers of Wood Thrush (4) and Rusty Blackbird (2) were banded and the stations first Orchard Oriole was observed. Another 68 birds were banded on the 12th and the season's first Cape May, Magnolia and Red-breasted Nuthatch were found.
 
We are still lagging behind 2004 in terms of season totals but we are slowly gaining ground. Perhaps some of the storms forecasted for the next week will continue this trend.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
 
May 6
1-Lincoln's Sparrow
1-Common Yellowthroat
27-White-throated Sparrow
7
5-Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4-Western Palm Warbler
7-Swamp Sparrow
8
1-Gadwall (released unbanded)
9
1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak
10
1-Veery
11
1-Traill's Flycatcher
5-Veery
2-Swainson's Thrush
4-Wood Thrush
2-Chestnut-sided Warbler
1-Blue-winged Warbler
4-Northern Waterthrush
2-Rusty Blackbird (3rd and 4th banding records for TTPBRS)
12
1-Magnolia Warbler
 
Observations
May 6
15-Hermit Thrush
7
1-Cackling Goose
1-Black-bellied Plover
3-American Pipit
3-Warbling Vireo
8
1-Baltimore Oriole
1-Gray Catbird
1-Blue-headed Vireo
9
1-Great-crested Flycatcher
3-Bobolink
12-Yellow Warbler
4-Savannah Sparrow
2-Redhead
10
3-Eastern Towhee
11
4-Eastern Kingbird
7-Swainson's Thrush
8-Wood Thrush (record high total)
3-Red-eyed Vireo
2-Blue-winged Warbler
34-Yellow Warbler
11-Black-throated Blue Warbler
8-American Redstart
4-Ovenbird
2-Scarlet Tanager
1-Orchard Oriole (1st record for TTPBRS)
1-Fox Sparrow (late record)
12
1-Cape May Warbler
 
Season Banding Total
2005-1288
2004-1376
 
Season Species Total
2005-142
2004-153
 
Dan Derbyshire