Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, January 10th, 2002

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 10 18:42:36 EST 2002


At 7:00pm, Thursday, January 10th, 2002, this is the
Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report. The
Hotline is normally revised on Thursday nights, unless
an unusual bird turns up in the Hamilton area.

The Hamilton Naturalists' Club Hawks and Owls Trip
last Sunday was quite successful on the hawk side,
less so on the owl side. Highlights included more than
50 RED-TAILED HAWKS, dark and light phase ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS, male and female NORTHERN HARRIERS, and a dozen
AMERICAN KESTRELS. SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the
Fisherville Raptor Preserve, and a GREAT HORNED OWL
was flushed at Selkirk Provincial Park. Non-raptor
highlights were a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and a flock
of 100 SNOW BUNTINGS with a half dozen LAPLAND
LONGSPURS mixed in.

In other news, two WHITE-FRONTED GEESE turned up at
Bronte Harbour this past week. The birds have been
seen amongst CANADA GEESE at different locations on
the lake. Another rarity turned up near Mountsberg
Conservation Area. While looking for the
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK reported last week, observers
discovered a PINE WARBLER about 100 metres north of
Campbellville Road on Hillburgh Road. 

Other local reports include GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and HOODED
MERGANSER at the mouth of the Red Hill Creek,
CANVASBACK at LaSalle Marina, PIED-BILLED GREBE at the
Travelodge in Burlington, WINTER WREN at Shoreacres
Park, GREAT BLUE HERON and NORTHERN PINTAIL at Gray's
Road, KING EIDER, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, and
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, plus LONG-TAILED DUCK at Lawrence
Sayers Park (east of Gray's Road), WOOD DUCK at
Desjardins Canal, NORTHERN SHRIKE at Bronte Provincial
Park, as well as GREAT HORNED OWL and NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD at Woodland Cemetery.

In and around the RBG, a pair of TUFTED TITMOUSE were
seen near the Nature Centre, along with a single
BOHEMIAN WAXWING, while CHIPPING SPARROW and
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were found at Valley Inn.

Yard reports include SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, CAROLINA
WREN, and RED-BREASTED HUTHATCH in Burlington, plus
GREAT HORNED OWL on the West Mountain.

The Niagara River continues to be productive for gulls
with CALIFORNIA GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL,
THAYER'S GULL, LITTLE GULL, BONAPARTE'S GULL, and
BLACK-HEADED GULL seen from the Adam Beck overlook
last week.

Those in search of an adventure this weekend can look
for a male VARIED THRUSH which was discovered in
Haydon which is north of Bowmanville. Directions are
as follows: from the 401 east of Toronto, exit at
Waverly Road and travel north to Durham Concession 8,
turn right and travel east into Haydon. Turn left and
go north on King Street, then left again on Mill
Street which turns into Maple Street. The bird has
been seen around #72 Maple Street.

Thanks again to everyone for a their reports this past
week. Be sure to keep letting us know about your
sightings. Leave your name, telephone number, as well
as the time and date of your call. Sightings can also
be reported by E-mail. 

GOOD BIRDING!

Keith Dieroff
C/O Hamilton Naturalists' Club
Birding Hotline Report
Hamilton, Ontario
kdieroff at yahoo.ca  

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