Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, April 24th, 2003

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Apr 24 21:02:27 EDT 2003


At 9:00pm, Thursday, April 24th, 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. 

After a successful open house last Friday, the Niagara
Peninsula Hawkwatch had it's first
day with 2,000 plus birds since 1994 on Sunday, April
19th. 2,036 hawks of 10 different species were counted
on Sunday, including 1,297 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 511
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 3 BALD EAGLES, and 2 OSPREY. A
COMMON RAVEN was seen at Beamer on Saturday.  

Some warblers moved into the Hamilton Area this past
week. PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER turned up at Shell Park, along with BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET. 

Shorebirds seen locally include WILSON'S SNIPE on 11th
Road East in Stoney Creek, UPLAND SANDPIPER on 10th
Road East, and in a flooded field at 5th Road East &
Powerline Road there were 244 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 5
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 16 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 16
WILSON'S SNIPE. 

Other local reports include BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON,
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, RED-THROATED LOON, WINTER WREN
and BROWN CREEPER at Shoreacres/Paletta Park, 24
HORNED GREBES and 6 RED-NECKED GREBES at LaSalle
Marina, COMMON LOON at Desjardins Canal, COMMON RAVEN,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN PHOEBE, and NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD on the Burlington Mountain, VESPER SPARROW
and SAVANNAH SPARROW in Carluke, plus BELTED
KINGFISHER, four pairs of WOOD DUCKS, COMMON TERN,
RED-NECKED GREBE, and 18 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS  .
 in the Hendrie Valley.

There were lots of yard reports this week, including
EASTERN TOWHEE in Central Hamilton, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW and VEERY on the Hamilton Mountain, GREAT
EGRET in Caledonia, FOX SPARROW and HERMIT THRUSH in
Oakville, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG
SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
PINE WARBLER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, BROAD-WINGED HAWK,
and HERMIT THRUSH in Mineral Springs.

Out of town, WORM-EATING WARBLERS turned up at Rondeau
Provincial Park and in Glencoe, a VERMILLION
FLYCATCHER was seen on Saturday near Cayuga but has
not been reported since, and a EURASION WIGEON was
again at Lee Brown Pond near Long Point. 40 LAPLAND
LONGSPURS and a SANDHILL CRANE turned up at Lee Brown
while one observer was looking at the wigeon.  

Be sure to let us know about your sightings this week.
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

Hamilton Naturalists' Club
Tel: (905) 381-0329
www.hamiltonnature.org

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