Eastern Phoebe (D.Derbyshire/TRCA)
Today was the first day of spring 2007 at TTPBRS, as yesterday was cancelled due to rain. We were pleased to find some cooperative weather today and some lively bird migration. Strong numbers of Brown Creeper were moving through (20 banded) along with some Eastern Phoebes, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Slate-colored Juncos to name a few. Most of the inner bay is still frozen, which may explain the lower numbers of early April waterfowl recorded today than in years past. Record high numbers of Common Merganser and White-winged Scoter were recorded today, balancing record low counts of scaup and Long-tailed Ducks.