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October 8 2003
This update on migration monitoring at Tommy Thompson Park
encompasses the period of September 30th-October 8th.

Numbers of migrants have picked up considerably as 669 birds have been
banded in the 9 days of the update period at an average rate of 74
birds/day. For comparison the season banding total from startup on
August 13-September 18th (37 days)was 627 at a rate of 17 birds/day!

Highlights of the update period include a Red-bellied Woodpecker on
October 1st, 2 American Crow on the 2nd, the first Fox Sparrow on the
3rd, Evening Grosbeak and Pine Siskins on the 4th and an American
Golden Plover on the 7th.

Sparrows, kinglets and thrushes are the most abundant species at the spit
these days. This was especially evident on October 6th when 273 birds
were captured (239 new,9 recaptured, and 25 Captured/released
unbanded). Details of that day are given below.

October 6-Newly Banded Birds (239 of 20 species):
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Downy Woodpecker-1
Eastern Phoebe-2
Blue-headed Vireo-1
Blue Jay-4
Brown Creeper-5
Golden-crowned Kinglet-82
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-39
Hermit Thrush-26
Nashville Warbler-9
Magnolia Warbler-1
Myrtle Warbler-35
Western Palm Warbler-3
Black and white Warbler-1
Song Sparrow-1
Lincoln's Sparrow-2
Swamp Sparrow-1
White-throated Sparrow-14
Dark-eyed Junco-7

Our season banding total now stands at 1706 and our season species total
is inching along at 139.

Cheers,
Dan Derbyshire
BIC, Tommy Thompson Park Bird