Osprey sightings at TTP

Ospreys are fierce hunters.  They are fully equipped with sharp eyes (eight times sharper than that of humans),  reversible outer toes, sharp spicules (needle like barbs) on the underside of the talons to get a good grip on slippery prey and nostrils that close to keep out water during dives.  It's no wonder that fish swimming in Cell One scatter as the shadow of a soaring Osprey falls on the shallow waters of the wetland.

Sightings of a patrolling Osprey have been recorded by TRCA staff and visitors at Tommy Thompson Park for the past few weeks.  Fortunate observers have spotted this highly specialized fish eater lunging feet first over the embayments and wetlands or even flying over with prey locked tightly in its talons.

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Secretive bird makes an appearance

Although the beginning of fall migration monitoring at the station has been slow, there have been some notable highlights.  Those of you who benefit from migration updates from Nigel Shaw, the station's expert birder and coordinator, already know about the great species and station firsts that have been recorded to date.  This one was too good not to blog about!

A Northern Waterthrush, a usually secretive bird, made itself highly visible and even posed for the paparazzi this weekend.  A bird of northern forests, the Northern Waterthrush sings its loud, ringing song from wooded swamps and bogs.  This ground foraging bird closely resembles the Louisiana Waterthrush, but can be distinguished by it's whitish or yellowish eyestripe and heavier streaking on the breast and flanks.  Like other warbler species, the Northern Waterthrush exhibits a fondness for water, making TTP an ideal spot to stop and refuel on the way to wintering grounds in Central America.

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2014 Fall Migration Monitoring begins!

It is great to be back for fall monitoring!  The nets were opened for the first time on Tuesday August 5th.
August is typically slow at a migration station, but we have lots of local breeders at TTP to keep us busy until the migrants arrive in droves.  With a high system sitting over us, the weather has allowed for a few migrant passerines to trickle through.  Here are some of the species recently banded:

Adult male Cedar Waxwing
Hatch year Killdeer 
Hatch year Lesser Yellowlegs
Hatch year male Belted Kingfisher
Hatch year Yellow Warbler
Least Sandpiper
The Bird Research Station is now open on weekends so please feel free to drop by and see what we are catching and seeing.

Remember Leslie St is closed south of Commissioner's, so you will have to take Cherry St to Unwin, and Unwin over to the Park gates.

If you would like to learn more about what happens at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research station, and receive email updates including more pictures and species numbers, consider becoming at TTPBRS member.  Sign up here and take advantage of the many benefits!


Full registration open today!

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Advanced Registration for Butterfly Festival

If you are a Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station member, don't forget to take advantage of advanced registration for Butterfly Festival hikes and workshops!  
Advanced registration ends Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 
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