Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, April 25th, 2002

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Apr 25 17:00:10 EDT 2002


At 5:00pm, Thursday, April 25th, 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. 

After a very exciting SWAINSON'S HAWK sighting last
Thursday, the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch delivered
more thrills yesterday when a dark phase FERRUGINOUS
HAWK was identified kettling over Beamer Memorial
Conservation Area. Three BALD EAGLES and one GOLDEN
EAGLE were also seen yesterday to top off an
outstanding day.

Lots of birds were seen in around RBG lands this past
week. On the North Shore Trails, observers reported
GREAT EGRET, OSPREY, SORA RAIL, BONAPARTE'S GULL,
BROWN THRASHER, FIELD SPARROW, AMERICAN WOODCOCK,
WINTER WREN, HOUSE WREN and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.
Meanwhile, on the South Shore, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,
CEDAR WAXWING, HERMIT THRUSH, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
were seen. Over at the Hendrie Valley, TUFTED
TITMOUSE, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HOUSE WREN, SPOTTED
SANDPIPER, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK were spotted. 

Other local reports include RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED
GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and
HERMIT THRUSH at Shoreacres/Paletta Park, COMMON
MOORHEN at Mountsberg, RUDDY DUCK and NORTHERN
SHOVELER at Tolgate Ponds, VIRGINIA RAIL at the Crieff
Bog, RING-NECKED PHEASANT in Carluke, BALTIMORE ORIOLE
in Oakville, and BANK SWALLOW on the Burlington
lakeshore. In Caledonia, an OSPREY was seen over the
Grand River, while NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
VESPER SPARROW and EASTERN BLUEBIRD were found at
Mulligan's Road.

More PEREGRINE FALCON news this week. Hamilton's
nesting pair is currently incubating four eggs, while
our famous hatchling Hal up to his tricks again. Last
we heard, Hal was found in the snow near Chatham. This
past week, banders attempting to catch and band the
nesting pair of Peregrines in Mississauga
inadvertently caught Hal instead. He was given the
once over and appears to be in tip top shape. He also
continues to live up to his "feisty" reputation.

Lots of great birds are turning up in Ontario. A
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was spotted in Kingston, while
seven GLOSSY IBIS were found in Melbourne, west of
London. It still only the end of April, so more
rarities should be coming our way. 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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