Migration Picking Up at TTPBRS

Triangle Pond, Tommy Thompson Park (Seabrooke Leckie)

A few observations from Seabrooke Leckie at TTPBRS today

12 Golden-crowned Kinglet
9 Slate-colored Junco
5 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 American Woodcock
1 American Tree Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
8 Song Sparrow
5 American Robin
8 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Horned Grebe (in half breeding plumage)
28 White-winged Scoter
1 Blue-winged Teal


Observations from Don Johnston, March 12, 2007

With good weather (sunny, 5 C, very little wind), and a few hours to spare mid-day, I did a quick tour around the Spit yesterday (Mar 11). The Western Grebe identified on Saturday by the TFN group was still present offshore from the base of Pipit Point. There were probably a few thousand Ring-billed Gulls swirling around between peninsulas B and C getting ready to nest, and they could be heard from several hundred metres away. There were also a few Herring Gulls around, but I didn't see any white-winged gulls. Not having a lot of time, my search was not exhaustive and my counts were rough estimates in many cases, but other birds I observed were:

Canada Goose (100) - at Ashbridges Bay water treatment plant
Mute Swan (8)
American Wigeon (1)
American Black Duck (6)
Mallard (30)
Redhead (100)
Greater Scaup (100)
Long-tailed Duck (hundreds, many far offshore)
Bufflehead (10)
Common Goldeneye (25)
Hooded Merganser (2)
Common Merganser (25)
Red-throated Loon (2)
American Kestrel (1)
Long-eard Owl (2)
Norther Saw-whet Owl (1)
Northern Flicker (1)
Horned Lark (8)
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Song Sparrow (5)
Northern Cardinal (1)

Don Johnston
TTPBRS Committee


Early Migrants

Birding highlights from Tommy Thompson Park today include:

1-American Robin
3-Red-winged Blackbird
1-American Kestrel
4-Red-tailed Hawk
6-White-winged Scoter
1-Peregrine Falcon

Very good variety of waterfowl species (13 species total) near Pipit Point


Spring Update

Spring Migration Monitoring at TTPBRS is less than a month away and we have been gearing up for what will be another exciting year. TTPBRS is currently bound in ice and snow but the migrants will be arriving soon!

Spring Migration
TTPBRS will officially open for 2007 on April 1. We are looking forward to our 5th year of fieldwork at Tommy Thompson Park!

Baillie Birdathon
The first year of our annual Baillie Birdathon fundraiser was a big success in 2006, raising over $12,000 for bird conservation. We are looking to build on this success in 2007 and hope to make the TTPBRS Birdathon a platform for both education and fundraising. We are delighted to announce that gardening expert Mark Cullen, radio and television personality and best selling author, will be our celebrity Birdathoner this year! More details on the Baillie Birdathon will be released in the coming weeks.

Spring Newsletter
The spring issue of the TTPBRS Newsletter is currently in preparation and will be distributed in late March. This issue is full of news, reports and articles including submissions by Julia Marko and Seabrooke Leckie.

Membership Program
In 2007 we will be launching a membership program for TTPBRS. This membership program will be a unique and interactive program, connecting members with birds and conservation in the Greater Toronto Area! Details will be released in the upcoming newsletter.

TTPBRS Committee
In early 2007, a committee was established to provide support and steering in the development and management of TTPBRS. I would like to formally introduce Seabrooke Leckie, Ian Sturdee, Julia Marko, Don Johnston and Norma Vanderzon as TTPBRS Committee members!

Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station is an initiative of Toronto and Region Conservation and the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto. We value your support and look forward to working with you again in 2007!