Spring 2009 Wrap-up

Nashville Warbler by volunteer Priscilla Lai

Spring migration monitoring wrapped up on June 9, with a total of 1,462 individuals banded and 158 species observed. Although these totals are less than last year, it could be due to the fact that the station was only operated 5 days a week, and does not necessarily reflect population trends. Once we get the data entered and analyzed, we can make comparisons based on net hours (number of hours nets are open).

With such a chilly spring, we enjoyed the last couple of weeks when we could actually turn the heater off and wear t-shirts! The season came to a close just as the last of the migrants passed through, although our last day of banding saw 6 new Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. The slower days meant that we could take more time to do some birding and nest searching.

Although spring migration is over, volunteers continue to keep track of the nesting birds at Tommy Thomson. As usual, Yellow Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds and Song Sparrows are prolific. Other birds that call TTP home include: Black-capped Chickadees, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, Baltimore Orioles and Brown Thrashers. This year has seen an unusually high number of Gray Catbirds and Cedar Waxwings. There have been pairs of American Redstarts observed, raising hopes that they too have found their niche at TTP.

As the new Coordinator of TTPBRS, I am continually thankful to TRCA for this amazing opportunity! Thank you to our members and donors who make this work possible. Finally, a special thanks goes to our many dedicated volunteers, who are the backbone of this operation. Their passion and commitment constantly inspires me!