TTPBRS News and Notes-January 26, 2006

Spring 2006 Update

Greetings! Just a note to let everyone know that we are busy getting ready for the spring season. In addition, we are in discussion with various funding organizations to see if we can secure funding that would allow us to operate our existing programs as well as expand with a number of new projects and pursuits! We have learned from the Toronto Bird Observatory January newsletter that Toronto Bird Observatory has decided to no longer be involved with the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station and its programs. This change will not affect our operations and at present we are going forward with our core migration monitoring and educational programs as we have done in the past. Volunteers are needed to support our core programs and training will also continue. We look forward to seeing everyone return to the park in the spring!

Fall Report A report on fall 2005 is nearing completion and anyone who would like a copy in PDF format can email me and I will pass it along when it is finished.

Contact Information Change for TTPBRS Coordinator

Please note my new email address for TTPBRS related communications:

My phone numbers remain the same: home: 416-461-2120 and work/cell: 416-318-2107. Don't hesitate to contact us about any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have.


Lucky Number Twenty Thousand!

Since 2003 we have banded 17,661 birds at TTPBRS and thus we are approaching a milestone. As part of a fundraising initiative we will be holding a contest regarding what species will be number 20,000. Begin thinking about it and we will send out more details in the near future (hint: last spring we banded 2,548 birds....)

TTP Spring Bird Festival & International Migratory Bird Day- Saturday May 13, 2006

Our annual spring bird festival will be held on Saturday May 13th. Part of the festival this year will incorporate a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day ( This years theme is Boreal Forest Birds. As such, we will be looking to highlight the connection between the park, the migration monitoring program, and boreal birds. If you have any unique ideas for this event we would love to hear it. We are also looking for volunteer support to lead bird walks within the park. If you are interested in helping to lead a walk please let us know.

Baillie Birdathon - Saturday May 13, 2006

In conjunction with the park's spring bird festival, we are currently coordinating a Baillie Birdathon to support operations at the research station. You can help us deliver our programs by either doing a birdathon yourself or by supporting one of many birders who will be doing a birdathon in support of TTPBRS this spring. A few of us have already signed up including myself and assistant Seabrooke Leckie. We will send out further details when our plans are finalized.

As always we value your support and look forward to hearing from all of you soon! Sincerely,

Dan Derbyshire
Coordinator, Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS)
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A Visit in Winter

A visit to Tommy Thompson Park is enjoyable at any time of year and today was no exception. There were a surprising number of birds at the research station today which included:

Common Redpoll-12
Peregrine Falcon-1
American Goldfinch-8
Yellow-shafted Flicker-1
Northern Cardinal-2
Black-capped Chickadee-9 (all banded!)
Red-tailed Hawk-1
American Tree Sparrow-22

The highlight of the day was a Snowy Owl on the endikement tip which flew over to the Cell 3 embayment and sat on the ice edge for a spell. The bird was harrassed by gulls for about 10 minutes but seemed quite at home on the ice (: