Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, February 14th, 2002

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Feb 14 19:19:24 EST 2002


At 7:00pm, Thursday, February 14th, 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.

Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Counters (and birders who
would like to become Counters) are reminded of the
important meeting this Saturday, February 16, from
1:30PM - 3:30PM. The main purpose of the meeting is to
introduce the draft Counter's Guide for NPH
activities. As a bonus, we are pleased to advise that
Dave Copeland and Barry Cherriere will present a slide
program on the history of the hawkwatch at Beamer, as
well as a few slides illustrating differences between
Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks in flight. The
meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Hamilton
Spectator, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton. Directions are as
follows: from the QEW, take the 403 to Hamilton, and
exit at Main Street East (just after Cootes Paradise).
Immediately turn left into the shopping plaza (just
past Macdonald's), then exit the plaza turning right
(south) onto Dundurn Street, cross Main Street, and
proceed to Chatham Street, turn right on Chatham
Street to Frid.

The star of last week's show, the SMITH'S LONGSPUR
discovered just north of Hagersville, has not been
reported in the past couple of days but could still be
in the area. This week, the most frequently sighted
noteworthy bird appears to be BALD EAGLE. Adults birds
were seen at Shoreacres, on the Grand River in
Caledonia, and from the Burlington lakeshore. Immature
BALD EAGLES were reported at LaSalle Marina and the
North Shore Trails at RBG.

Other birds seen at the RBG this week include
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and BELTED KINGFISHER at
Valley Inn, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, COOPER'S HAWK, NORTHERN
FLICKER, RUFFED GROUSE, GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN
KESTREL, RED-TAILED HAWK, GREAT HORNED OWL, BROWN
CREEPER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the Hopkin's
Tract, and NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on the North Shore
Trails.

An adult male KING EIDER was spotted just east of
Millen Road on the Stoney Creek lakeshore. SURF
SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were
also present at this location. Nearby all three
species of SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, and a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were seen at
Lawrence Sayer's Park. 

Other local reports include COOPER'S HAWK in
Waterdown, a pair of WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at LaSalle
Marina, SURF SCOTER and GLAUCOUS GULL at the
Travelodge in Burlington, plus NORTHERN SHRIKE and
HORNED LARK in Vineland.    

There is good news regarding Hal, the hometown
PEREGRINE FALCON discovered "out cold" in the snow
near Chatham. After completing his rehabilitation, Hal
was re-released near Chatham, much to the dismay of a
flock of pigeons and starlings who were in the area
just minding their own business. 

There were several reports of singing male CARDINALS
this past week - a sure sign that spring is just
around the corner! Please let 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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