Hamilton Naturalists's Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, January 16th, 2003

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 16 10:02:53 EST 2003


At 10:00am, Thursday, January 16th, 2003, 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 white GYRFALCON found last Thursday in Flamborough
has not been reported since. However, birders
searching for the Gyr turned up some other interesting
sightings. NORTHERN GOSHAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, MERLIN,
WILD TURKEY, and RUFFED GROUSE were all seen on
Westover Road between or near Safari Road and the 8th
Concession in Flamborough.

A few other local rarities persist in spite of the
cold weather. The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen as
recently as Tuesday at LaSalle Marina, along with a
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, while the EASTERN PHOEBE and
GRAY CATBIRD were still in the Hendrie Valley.

Other local reports include KING EIDER at Millen Road
on the Stoney Creek lakeshore, WOOD DUCK, BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the Desjardins Canal,
GREAT HORNED OWLS at Albion Falls, PEREGRINE FALCON at
the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Hamilton, and WILSON'S
SNIPE in Rockton. 

Quite a few BALD EAGLES were seen this past week - on
the Oakville lakeshore, over the Royal Botanical
Gardens on Plains Road, near the Speed River in
Guelph, and on the Niagara River near Queenston. Last
but not least, a COOPER'S HAWK, an AMERICAN ROBIN and
several HOUSE FINCHES made an appearance in your
reporter's yard.  

Out of town, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were spotted
feeding on Sumac at Taquanyah Conservation Area, the
BLACK-HEADED GULL was still at Queenston, the
HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen again at Fort Erie, and a
ROSS'S GULL turned up in Irondequoit Bay in New York
state.

Until next week, be sure to 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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