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September 20
2003
The following is an update on migration monitoring results from Tommy
Thompson
Park.

Quiet days continued for almost all of the update period, that is, until today
when 80 birds were banded following the remnants of hurricane Isabel.
This
marks the first day of the fall season with significant movements of
passerines
at the banding station.

This past week, the activity was dominated by passing Blue Jays which
peaked at
1900 on September 16th (13 banded). However, this did little to increase
our
average of 18 birds banded per day for the season.

The recent storm front gave staff and volunteers a busier day today as 80
birds
were banded in 6 hours with all 14 mist nets in operation. The total was
dominated by Blackpoll Warbler, Western Palm Warbler and Blue Jay.
New arrivals
for the season included; Pine Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler
(census).

Summary of birds banded today (80 of 19 species):
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Red-eyed Vireo-1
Traill's Flycatcher-1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-1
Blue Jay-13
Swainson's Thrush-7
Nashville Warbler-2
Chestnut-sided Warbler-1
Magnolia Warbler-6
Black-throated Green Warbler-1
Black-throated Blue Warbler-1
Cape May Warbler-1
Northern Parula-1
Western Palm Warbler-7
Blackpoll Warbler-32
American Redstart-1
Common Yellowthroat-1
White-throated Sparrow-1
American Goldfinch-1

Season banding total for Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station is
707. Our
season species total is 113.

Look for another update in a few days.

Dan Derbyshire