Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, January 23rd, 2003

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 23 13:01:42 EST 2003


At 1:00pm, Thursday, January 23rd, 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. 

One word can be used to sum up the action in the
Hamilton area this past week - RAPTORS!

Starting with raptors of the diurnal kind, the
NORTHERN HAWK OWL was still present on Guelph Line and
the Reid Sideroad yesterday afternoon. A SNOWY OWL has
been seen on and off at Pier 26/Tollgate Ponds, a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was discovered near 1159
Campbellville Road in Halton, and a MERLIN was seen
over the Wayne Gretzky Parkway in Brantford. The white
phase GYRFALCON spotted last Friday has not been seen
since, but BALD EAGLES are widespread - individual
birds were reported from the Oakville and Burlington
lakeshore, on the ice in the bay, at Cootes Paradise,
and at Van Wagner's Beach. Four eagles were hanging
around Cambridge on the Grand and Speed Rivers, two
more were in Glen Morris, and four more were perched
in the "eagle tree" on the north shore of Lake Erie
between Sandusk Road and the Nanticoke Generating
Station.

Moving to noctural raptors, a LONG-EARED OWL delighted
observers on the Grey Doe Trail at the RBG, and an
EASTERN SCREEN OWL was photographed in a Carlisle
yard.  

Other local reports include HERMIT THRUSH at Appleby
Creek, AMERICAN ROBIN, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and NORTHERN
SHRIKE at Shoreacres/Paletta Park, a male HARLEQUIN
DUCK seen from the northeast jetty of the ship canal
in Burlington, COMMON RAVEN and NORTHERN SHRIKE near
Lowville, SNOW BUNTING at Pier 26, a pair of
RING-NECKED PHEASANTS in a Grimsby yard, plus NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, AMERICAN ROBIN,
PILEATED WOODPECKER, COOPER'S HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE,
HORNED LARK, CAROLINA WREN, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD on
the North Shore Trails of the RBG. Last but certainly
not least, the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was last report on
Tuesday at LaSalle Marina.

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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