5/01/2009

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Worm-eating Warbler by volunteer Juan Zuloaga


WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 24 – MAY 1

Warbler season has begun! Our nets have been graced with Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warblers, Western Palm Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, and increasing numbers of Myrtle Warblers. On Saturday, April 25 we were shocked and delighted to catch a Worm-eating Warbler, the first record for TTP!

The Golden-crowned Kinglets have all fattened up and continued northward, the Ruby-crowned Kinglets taking their place. The trees are now dripping with White-throated Sparrows, which have dominated the nets all week. We have also caught impressive numbers of Hermit Thrush.

Our breeding birds are getting busy, and a Mourning Dove nest has already fledged! Volunteers have found several American Robin nests, as well as a Northern Cardinal nest. Everywhere we turn, a Red-winged Blackbird is displaying its beautiful epaulets. Tree Swallows have decided to take up residence in the nest box behind the banding lab, and have been busy collecting dead grasses to line it with. They are so territorial that one dive-bombed a Cottontail Rabbit on the trail! Our first House Wren showed up today, and has already claimed one of the other nest boxes. It has been busy with spring cleaning, taking out mouthfuls of last year’s material. Now it just needs a mate to share its new home with!

There are plenty of surprises in store, so remember to visit TTPBRS on weekends and holidays! We open nets 30 minutes before sunrise and shut down around noon, make sure to arrive early if you want to see the banding operation. There is now a shuttle taking visitors from the entrance to the station, starting at 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions, call Brett at (416) 318-2107.

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

New arrivals: Western Palm Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Blue Jay, Baltimore Oriole, Great Crested Flycatcher, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Gray Catbird, Rock Pigeon, Common Yellowthroat, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Spotted Sandpiper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

BANDING TOTALS (first records for the season are in bold)

Saturday, April 25th

Brown Creeper (1)
Winter Wren (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
Hermit Thrush (11)
American Robin (1)
Brown Thrasher (2)
Myrtle Warbler (1)
Western Palm Warbler (1)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Chipping Sparrow (3)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (4)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
White-throated Sparrow (11)
White-crowned Sparrow (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (4)
Red-winged Blackbird (6)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Worm-eating Warbler (1)

Monday, April 27th

Mourning Dove (1)
Tree Swallow (1)
Brown Creeper (2)
Winter Wren (2)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (13)
Hermit Thrush (12)
American Robin (1)
Gray Catbird (1)
Brown Thrasher (1)
Myrtle Warbler (4)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Field Sparrow (3)
Song Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (8)
White-throated Sparrow (39)
Dark-eyed Junco (4)
Red-winged Blackbird (7)
Brown-headed Cowbird (2)

Wednesday, April 29th

Winter Wren (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Hermit Thrush (6)
American Robin (2)
Myrtle Warbler (10)
Western Palm Warbler (6)
Song Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (14)
Red-winged Blackbird (6)
American Goldfinch (3)

Thursday, April 30th

Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Hermit Thrush (2)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Myrtle Warbler (4)
Western Palm Warbler (1)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
White-throated Sparrow (18)
Red-winged Blackbird (2)
Brown-headed Cowbird (1) 1

Friday, May 1st

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3)
Hermit Thrush (2)
Yellow Warbler (1)
Myrtle Warbler (4)
Western Palm Warbler (2)
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Song Sparrow (1)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
White-throated Sparrow (19)
Red-winged Blackbird (4)
Brown-headed Cowbird (2)