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11/13/2005

Long-eared Owl

Migration Monitoring at TTPBRS-Nov 4-12

Migration monitoring at TTPBRS for 2005 has come to an end as we completed our final day of coverage today (banded 2 birds!).

The final week featured south and west winds (often gusty) and warm temperatures which didn't help with the bird numbers at the station. There were some breaks in the weather which resulted in good numbers of high flying American Pipits, Horned Lark, American Goldfinch and Red-winged Blackbird. Waterfowl have continued to increase in density and a few raptors were recorded during the period. Banding has been very quiet as our busiest day was 21 on both the 4th and 7th, though it was more typical to end up with less than 10/day with a low of 2 on November 12. Black-capped Chickadee, American Tree Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Slate-coloured Junco were the primary species although we did capture our 2nd ever Hairy Woodpecker on November 11. A Golden Eagle was recorded on November 7 which is the first of this species ever recorded at the station. Highlights of the 11th included 2 Tundra Swans (3rd record) and a single Long-eared Owl (3rd record).OWLS-Saw-whet monitoring has pretty much ended and our final total is 65 banded, 1 repeat and 5 foreign recaptures. So far we have heard that one of the foreigns was from Holiday Beach, ON and another was from Casselman River, Maryland. Interestingly the Maryland station captured one of our birds in a previous year and now we have found one of theirs in our nets!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT-Thanks to all of the volunteers and staff who helped make 2005 a great success and we look forward to 2006! The countdown is on.....only 4 months and 18 days till spring!

HIGHLIGHTS Banding Nov 5 1-Fox Sparrow 8-Golden-crowned Kinglet 2-Hermit Thrush Nov 8 3-American Goldfinch Nov 11 1-Hairy Woodpecker (2nd banding record for TTPBRS) 5-American Tree Sparrow

Observations Nov 4 1-Cooper's Hawk 3-American Coot Nov 5 2-Northern Goshawk 28-Horned Lark (record high count) 280-American Pipit (record high count) 12-House Finch 1-Eastern Bluebird Nov 7 1-Golden Eagle (1st record for TTPBRS) Nov 8 26-American Robin 3-Myrtle Warbler 126-American Pipit 527-Red-winged Blackbird 20-Common Grackle 100-American Goldfinch Nov 11 2-Tundra Swan (3rd record) 18-American Green-winged Teal (record high) 628-Long-tailed Duck 150-Bufflehead 25-Hooded Merganser 1-Long-eared Owl (3rd record) 7-Pine Siskin Nov 12 1-Northern Harrier 490-Red-winged Blackbird

Dan Derbyshire
Coordinator, Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS)
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)

11/06/2005

American Tree Sparrow (S.Leckie)

Migration Monitoring Update-Oct 28-Nov 3

Migration has slowed considerably at Tommy Thompson Park although numbers of blackbirds, pipits, larks and Snow Buntings have been significant as have the surging counts of waterfowl. On October 28th, 54 birds were banded of which 22 were Black-capped Chickadee. A single Blue-headed Vireo along with 5 Hermit Thrushes were also banded that day. Red-winged Blackbird reached a season high count of 434 and Common Grackle peaked at 54. October 29 was probably our last busy day of the fall as 104 birds were banded of which 86 were chickadees! An average of 6 birds were banded from October 30-November 1st and it was evident that the flocks of Chickadees, kinglets and sparrows had passed us by. October 30th was a good day for gulls at the station as our first ever Thayer's Gull was observed and several Bonapartes were spotted. A late Cape May Warbler was recorded on the 31st. November was very quiet during the previous two fall seasons at the station and 2005 is certainly falling in line. Juncos and American Tree Sparrows are perhaps the most conspicuous landbird species in the area although we have never seen a big push of these species in November. November 2nd was another good day for flyovers as 360 Red-winged Blackbirds were counted along with 48 Snow Bunting and several Rusty Blackbird and House Finch. Weather has been unfavourable for Owl Monitoring and as such our banding total remains the same as last week although there may be some good conditions before the end. Only a week remains for fall 2005 and we are hoping for some late movement and perhaps a few new species for the season.

HIGHLIGHTS
Banding
Oct 28
1-Blue-headed Vireo
Oct 29
86-Black-capped Chickadee

Observations
Oct 28
1-Northern Goshawk
2-American Coot
40-Golden-crowned Kinglet
10-Hermit Thrush
434-Red-winged Blackbird
57-Common Grackle
Oct 29
18-Pine Siskin
Oct 30
7-Dunlin
1-Thayer's Gull
32-Bonaparte's Gull
19-American Pipit
Oct 31
1-Cape May Warbler
Nov 2
16-Horned Lark
48-Snow Bunting
363-Red-winged Blackbird

Season Banding Total
05-4214
04-3799
Season Species Total
05-177
04-167

Dan Derbyshire
Coordinator, Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS)
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)