10/01/2005

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Migration Monitoring at TTPBRS-Sept 23-29

As expected the week of September 23rd-29th was our busiest of the fall so far, however high winds and rain resulted in an unusual amount of net closure. September 23rd was all about the warblers as 45 of the 59 total birds banded were of this family. Warblers and thrushes quickly gave way to kinglets, creepers and sparrows on the 24th when 158 birds were banded from just 35.5 standard net hours! It was as if fall had arrived overnight as late fall species were abundant and temperatures were noticeably cooler. Intermittent showers on the 25th again kept most of the nets closed. No monitoring was conducted on the 26th due to steady precipitation during the morning.The cold front resulted in another big day at Tommy Thompson Park as 164 birds were banded on the 27th. The most dominant species on the day were the kinglets and Myrtle Warbler however there were more House Wren, Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo and Black-throated Green Warblers around as well. Numbers of birds were certainly lower on the 28th although we can always count on kinglets to keep us occupied during late fall! Impressive 70km/hour winds on the 29th forced yet another cancellation of fieldwork although we were able to host our first school class of the fall. Interestingly September 23-29 was a busy week last year also. From the 23rd-29th in 2004 a total of 561 birds were banded from 624 net hours (1.1 birds/net hour). For the same period In 2005 450 birds were banded from just 281 net hours for a capture rate of 1.6 birds/net hour! Hopefully the weather will be a little more pleasant during the coming weeks as we strive towards maintaining a consistent level of coverage this year as previous years.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Sep 23
7-Gray-cheeked Thrush
1-Tennessee Warbler
1-Northern Parula
2-Blackburnian Warbler
Sep 24
1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4-Eastern Phoebe
3-Blue-headed Vireo
1-Orange-crowned Warbler
1-Scarlet Tanager
Sep 27
2-House Wren
29-Myrtle Warbler
5-Black-throated Green Warbler
 
Observations
Sep 23
14-Yellow-shafted Flicker
13-Palm Warbler
11-Sanderling
Sep 24
125-Golden-crowned Kinglet
135-Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5-Chipping Sparrow
120-White-throated Sparrow
Sep 27
1-Turkey Vulture
7-Tree Swallow
3-White-breasted Nuthatch
2-Eastern Towhee
Sep 28
1-Northern Pintail
7-American Pipit
1-Northern Shoveller
1-American Golden Plover
 
Season Banding Total
2005-1884
2004-1668
 
Season Species Total
2005-158
2004-150