Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - February 26, 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Feb 26 19:55:34 EST 2004

Red-throated Loon
Horned Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Tundra Swan
King Eider
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Rough-legged Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Wild Turkey
Glaucous Gull
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Brown Creeper
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Snow Bunting
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Common Redpoll

Good evening and welcome to the Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report.
This week marks the beginning of movement of species from the south as well
as the reappearance of some of our wintering birds.

Last Saturday, the EVENING GROSBEAK which was seen by a group on January 1st
made a reappearance to the very same place along the back of the houses in
Hopkins Tract located off of York Road.  Of course this bird (nicknamed
Houdini) has not been seen since despite several tries but is likely still
in the area.

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS,  were found once again near Mountsberg C.A..  Last
weekend a flock of 40-50 were seen near the Elk Compound in the park and
outside the park on Sunday a group of 21 about 1/2 km up from the
intersection of Millborough Line and Campbellville road.  A Red-shouldered
Hawk and Yellow-rumped Warbler were also reported from the area.  While
cruising this area and other parts of Halton and Flamborough, Northern
Shrike seem to be fairly common this season.

Owls are out and about in Hamilton with 4 species being reported this week.
Long-eared owls continue to be seen near the lift bridge.  Screech owls were
heard by a couple of atlassers out in their squares this week.  Great Horned
Owls were heard as well on 10th concession while watching 2 Short-eared Owls
cruise over the fields.

Many of the same ducks have been reported out on the lake with the King
Eiders being seen distantly off of Jones and Fruitland Road.  A male Wood
Duck was seen in the vicinity of the Beach Canal.  A Merlin was seen along
the lake at Beach Blvd. on the Hamilton Beachstrip.  It was perched in a
tree at Lagoon Ave.

The bay is opening up nicely with the warmer temperatures and today Horned
Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and 75 Canvasaback were seen off of Bayshore Park.
Red-throated Loon and a sub-adult Bald Eagle were reported two days ago in
the same area. A Glaucous Gull was seen tonight on the edge of the ice.  Two
were reported on the ice yesterday.

A single Turkey Vulture was seen flying over the Pinteum Trail on Wednesday.
To this comment I add that the Niagara Pennisula Hawk Watch has already
begun up at Beamer Conservation Area.  We look forward to the reports posted
of migrating raptors in the coming weeks.

The catbird and thrasher were reported from the Valley Inn this week.  Many
people are still reporting Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll and Purple Finch from
feeders.  These birds should be on the move soon back to the north.

Tundra Swans were reported over Ruthven this week. Reports of singing birds
such as Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Juncos and Horned Larks
give promise that spring is around the corner.  I'm sure with the warmer
temperatures this weekend, people will be out and about and emailing me
their sightings.

Have a great week.

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

Hamilton Naturalists' Club
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