Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report - Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Keith Dieroff kdieroff at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 29 19:18:51 EST 2004


At 7:20pm, Thursday, January 29th, 2004, this is the
Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Report. The
Hotline is normally revised on Thursday, unless an
unusual bird turns up in the Hamilton area.

The bird of the week was a TUFTED DUCK discovered over
the weekend on the lake at Port Weller. Directions are
as follows: take the QEW to St. Catharines and exit at
Niagara Street. Head north (towards the lake) to
Lakeshore Road and then go over the lock to Government
Road. Turn left and travel about 100 yards up the
road. The bird was in open water at the north end of
the lock.

Locally, a close second to the TUFTED DUCK was the
HERMIT THRUSH seen at Christie Conservation Area in
Flamborough. 

Reports from the RBG this past week include BALD EAGLE
over the Pinetum Trail, BROWN THRASHER, AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, and PILEATED WOODPECKER on the Captain
Cootes Trail, plus TUFTED TITMOUSE and AMERICAN ROBIN
at Bull's Point. The GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER,
which persist in the Hendrie Valley, were joined by
SWAMP SPARROW, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, BROWN CREEPER and
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

Elsewhere, a COOPER'S HAWK was spotted at Gage Park,
PIED-BILLED GREBE, WOOD DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER were
seen in the Desjardins Canal, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD turned up behind the Arena on
Olympic Drive, KING EIDER and all three species of
SCOTER were visible from L.P. Sayers Park in Stoney
Creek, LONG-EARED OWL and SHORT-EARED OWL turned up at
Binbrook Conservation Area, and last but not least, 20
or so HORNED LARKS were reported from Bronte
Provincial Park. 

Sightings from the Brantford area this week include
GRAY PARTRIDGE, HORNED LARK and SNOW BUNTING at the
Airport, SANDHILL CRANE at the 403 and Rest Acres
Road, plus MUTE SWAN, NORTHERN PINTAIL, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD and BLACK DUCK
at the Wilkes Dam.

Lots of yard reports to relay. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
SONG SPARROW, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD were reported from Beamsville,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, COMMON REDPOLL, and PINE SISKIN
in Carlisle, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Burlington,
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD in Blackheath, as well as COMMON
REDPOLL on Cedar Springs Road. 

That's all for this 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 BYE and 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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