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8/13/2009

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Fall Migration Monitoring: August 5 - 12

Volunteers (left to right) Bronwyn Dalziel, Theresa McKenzie, Marc Dupuis Desormeaux,
and Maya Ricker-Wilson with a family of Cedar Waxwings

When we returned to Tommy Thompson for fall migration monitoring, the place looked completely different. The summer rains have transformed it into a jungle. Some tough and persistent volunteers spent a day hacking the vegetation, making tunnels where trails used to be. A special thanks goes to Don Johnston, Andrew Jano, Ian Sturdee, Theresa McKenzie and Heidi Brown for helping get the station up and running!


August seems early for migration, but we have caught a few species that were not around for the summer: Swainson’s Thrush, Northern Waterthrush, Canada Warbler and Myrtle Warbler. The majority of birds we are catching are hatch-years, which is a great sign because it means that it has been a productive summer for the birds.


Some other notable birds seen around the station include Black-billed Cuckoo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Peregrine Falcon, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Red-necked Grebe, Canvasback, and Hooded Merganser. Elsewhere on the spit, a juvenile Bald Eagle was spotted by TRCA employee Matt Brady, and was subsequently re-sighted by several others. Very exciting indeed!


BANDING TOTALS: WEEK 1


Aug-05

Aug-08

Aug-10

Aug-11

Aug-12

TOTAL








Downy Woodpecker

2


1



3

Black-capped Chickadee

1





1

Swainson’s Thrush

1

1




2

American Robin

1

1




2

Gray Catbird

1

3




4

Cedar Waxwing

2

7

9


1

19

Warbling Vireo

2

3




5

Yellow Warbler

4

5

10

4

4

27

Song Sparrow

4

2


2

1

9

Traill’s Flycatcher


1

1


3

5

Northern Cardinal


1




1

Baltimore Oriole


5

1

2


8

Myrtle Warbler



1



1

Northern Waterthrush




1


1

Canada Warbler





1

1