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4/30/2013

Very cool!



Female Red-winged Blackbirds are generally thought to be plain compared to males, but older birds like this one can show a remarkable amount of red in their 'epaulettes' not illustrated in guides and difficult to see in the field.

Vendors at the TTP Spring Bird Festival





Don't forget to check out the great vendors before your nature hike!  

4/29/2013

Recently banded birds from TTPBRS

House Wren

Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Western Palm Warbler

White -eyed Vireo - Picture by TTPBRS bander Amanda Guercio

Brown Thrasher

Wildlife sightings at the park - April 2013



The pair of Trumpeter Swans that have been at TTP since Sept 2011 have begun to nest. This would be the first record for Tommy Thompson Park.

Noteworthy birds: Eared Grebe, White-eyed Vireo and Blue Grosebeak

4/17/2013

Gulls of Tommy Thompson Park


Pictures by Ian Sturdee, TTP naturalist (week of April 7th).

4/10/2013

More love for TTP!

Tommy Thompson Park gets featured in Ontario Nature blog!
Ontario Nature Blog

4/09/2013

Go Birding in the Big City!




Let’s cast away the dreary feelings of winter and turn our thoughts to the warm, sun fill days ahead.  The 13th annual Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival celebrates the return of our migratory birds.  The festival will be held on Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, and will feature guided birding hikes (registration required), kids activities, live bird banding demonstrations and great displays.

We will also celebrate the completion of phase I of TTP’s Master Plan.   If you love the park as much as we do, join TRCA partners and dignitaries during the ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening the new infrastructure.
Check out TTP Spring Bird Festival for more information.

Baillie Birdathon Begins!


Join us for the 2013 Baillie Birdathon, the oldest sponsored bird count in North America, raising money for bird research and conservation.

With the Spring Bird Festival comes the Baillie Birdathon. Join the TTPBRS team to help raise funds or sponsor a team member to show your support!

Join the TTPBRS - click here!

Open for Bird Business!

The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station began its spring migration monitoring on a frigid morning April 2nd. Catch a glimpse of some of TTP's early arrivals and resident species.



April 2, 2013
Cold start to the first day of banding (it was too windy to open nets yesterday) but this Hairy Woodpecker was a nice surprise.






April 3, 2013
It was a very slow and frosty morning for banding today, with only a couple of American Tree Sparrows banded, but here is a female Northern Cardinal.




April 4, 2013
Bird of the day! Male American Woodcock.




April 8, 2013
We just captured our first Hermit Thrush of the season, a second year bird.




April 9, 2013
After hatch year female American Kestrel.




Early April, 2013 Wildlife Sightings
More birds hanging around Tommy Thompson Park. Pictures captured by Ian Sturdee, TTP naturalist