The TTPBRS officially opened on Aug 5th. The migration had only just started to trickle through, but the masses of Cedar waxwings and Baltimore orioles kept us busy banding. A few migrants made the totals on the next weeks logs. Local Yellow warblers made way for migrants from furher north.
As the last two weeks progresses European starlings descended on the park and on some days dominated the banding totals !
Flycatchers and the beginning of the warbler movement have been evident this week. A few birds made the highlight list with the banding af a Black-billed cuckoo last weekend and also a Northern mockingbird, a station first.
A trio of Belted kingfishers, and a first year Least sandpiper were also a nice surprise.
As we approach September, we are expecting the species numbers' to start to build, and also the first raptors to move along the shoreline.
As of today Aug 23rd we are at 539 birds banded.