Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, January 31st, 2001

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 31 19:15:58 EST 2002


At 7:00pm, Thursday, January 31st, 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.

Winter finally arrived today in a big way. Before the
first real winter storm of the season, there were
quite a few local reports. The female KING EIDER was
still at Jordan Harbour on Tuesday, along with SURF
SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, RING-NECKED DUCK, NORTHERN PINTAIL, HOODED
MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK and NORTHERN SHOVELER were at
Windemere Basin, RUDDY DUCKS also turned up at Bronte
Harbour and in the Desjardins Canal, a young male KING
EIDER was at the foot of Green Road in Stoney Creek,
two TURKEY VULTURES were seen soaring over the
intersection of Highways 5 and the 407, a PEREGRINE
FALCON stopped for a rest outside the 42nd floor
window of the Century 21 tower in downtown Hamilton, a
COOPER'S HAWK was seen dining on ROCK DOVE at the
entrance to Christie Conservation Area, an albino
RED-TAILED HAWK was found opposite the entrance to
Mountsberg, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Derry
Road and School Bell Line in Halton.

At the RBG this week, GREAT BLUE HERON, PILEATED
WOODPECKER, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were seen from
the North Shore Trails, several BALD EAGLES were
reported over the marsha and the high-level bridge,
and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was at the Arboretum. 

Yard reports include RUFOUS SIDED TOWHEE coming to a
feeder in Westdale, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH amidst
the snow this morning in Dundas.

Birds seen on the Niagara River include LITTLE GULL
above the falls, HORNED GREBE and AMERICAN COOT in the
gorge, plus ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
BONAPARTE'S GULL and CALIFORNIA GULL at the Adam Beck
generating station.

Out of town, the number of PINE GROSBEAKS at the
Guelph University Arboretum has swelled to 46, a
NORTHERN HAWK OWL turned up at Bobcaygeon, the
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported as recently as
Saturday in Niagara Falls, New York, and a LEWIS'
WOODPECKER was reported from Wooler, Ontario.

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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