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11/13/2005

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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)