Update to the Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Friday, March 29th, 2002

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Fri Mar 29 16:40:01 EST 2002


At 5:00pm, Friday, March 29th, 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, as is
the case with this report.

The update concerns a male EURASIAN WIGEON found on a
pond near the intersection of Derry Road and Guelph
Line in Burlington. Directions are as follows: from
the QEW travel north on Guelph Line to Derry Road.
Turn left on Derry and drive about 0.6km to the pond,
which is on the left hand side of the road. Please
park carefully, as Derry Road can be a very busy
street. If the bird is visible from the road please do
not trespass; however, Bob Curry was able to obtain
permission for people to view the bird by walking down
the property on the east side of the lake.

Here's another quick update. The weather cooperated,
ensuring the success of the Niagara Peninsula
Hawkwatch open house today at Beamer Memorial
Conservation Area. At 3:00pm this afternoon, over 300
birds had been counted, including six BALD EAGLES.

Now for the rest of this week's report...

Local reports this week include TUFTED TITMOUSE at the
back of the McMaster University football field, PURPLE
FINCH, TURKEY VULTURE, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, and RING-NECKED DUCK at the Dundas Hydro
Station, REDHEAD at Valley Inn, WOOD DUCK in the
Desjardins Canal, CANVASBACK at Woodland Cemetery,
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at Christie Conservation Area,
MERLIN at York and Old Guelph Roads, and LONG EARED
OWL on the east side of Bronte Provincial Park. The
750 RING-NECKED DUCKS seen on the reservoir at
Mountberg this week was a local record for this
species.

Out of town, a trip to the Niagara River produced
GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULL,
LAUGHING GULL, PEREGRINE FALCON, and TURKEY VULTURE.
Birds seen at Long Point this past week include
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SANDHILL CRANE, BALD EAGLE,
NORTHERN HARRIER, TREE SWALLOW, MERLIN, AMERICAN
WOODCOCK, HORNED GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, LITTLE
GULL, EASTERN SCREECH OWL, and RED BELLIED WOODPECKER.

Good news for PEREGRINE FALCONS in southern Ontario.
No less than nine breeding pairs have established
territories in urban centres, including London,
Etobicoke, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Mississauga,
Clarkson, Toronto (2 pairs) and Ottawa. 

A push of warm air will bring lots of birds into the
Hamilton area, so 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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