[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, April 1st 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Apr 1 16:34:40 EST 2004

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1st, 2004 this is the Hamilton Naturalists
Club Birding Report.

GYRFALCON (dark-phased)
CASPIAN TERN (see bottom of report)
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk (record no.)
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Woodcock
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northern Shrike
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird

What can I say about this week, migration seems to have received a big boost
this week before the monsoon season set in.  Lots of reports of early
migrants this week from various locations such as EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE
SWALLOW, WILSON'S SNIPE, Great Blue Herons, Fox Sparrows and Golden-crowned
Kinglets.  This week has also been the week of spectacular birds being seen
but only briefly by lucky observers.  None of these lingered around for more
than a few minutes hence the reason why you didn't see the postings to
update the hotline.

A female VARIED THRUSH made a brief yard stop at a feeder in Flamborough.
The bird was here and gone within minutes and did not return much to our

The hawk migration continues at Beamer Memorial Conservation area in Grimsby
this week with a record 46 Rough-legged Hawks reported on Monday shattering
a previous record of 24.  Other raptors seen here this week include Bald
Eagle, Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Northern Harrier, Coopers Hawk,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, American Kestrel and many
Turkey Vultures. Other raptor reports this week include a Golden Eagle over
Dundas and Northern Goshawk at Mountsberg.  A dark phased GYRFALCON was
reported from the Grimsby Airport area as well.

Other birds seen at Beamer over the tower include Common Loon,SNOW
GOOSE,EASTERN PHOEBE.  Not too far away on the 10th concession E. south of
Ridge Road, Short-eared Owl, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Shrike and a flyby
of a ROSS'S GOOSE in a small flock of Canada Geese were reported this week.

Less than 24 hours after my request for TREE SWALLOW sightings someone
reported a single bird over their back yard.  Tree swallows have also been
seen at Beamer this week , around the Desjardins canal and checking out a
nest box already.

Fifty Point Conservation Area seems to be a good spot this week with a
Northern Saw-whet Owl present there on Saturday and reports of singing Fox
Sparrows and many winnowing WILSON'S SNIPE there as of yesterday.  Fox
sparrows have been reported from a number of places this week.

Mountsberg Conservation Area has also been productive this week with
Northern Goshawk, Rusty Blackbird, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon,
EASTERN PHOEBE, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker and Golden-crowned
Kinglets being seen at this location.

For those who haven't tired of looking out on the lake at waterfowl, the
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen at LaSalle Park.  Other birds
reported here are Red-throated Loon and Red-necked Grebe.  Red-necked Grebes
were also seen at Shoreacres/Paletta Park this week by moi.  Horned Grebe
was also seen here and other spots along the lakeshore.  The Harlequin ducks
were reported from Ben Macree Park in Mississauga yesterday.

American Woodcock continue to filter through with birds calling in the
fields mentioned last week as well as one arriving in someones back yard in
Stoney Creek.

Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen off of Olympic Drive in The Willows this
week.  Golden-crowned Kinglets seem to be here in numbers this week with
many reports from various spots in the area including my back yard.  Last
but not least the Brown Thrasher has been reported again at the Valley Inn.

Right under the wire at 4:22 p.m. today a CASPIAN TERN has been reported
from the Valley Inn .

Keep the sightings up.  Hopefully the weather will clear for the weekend and
we can all get out and about.

Cheryl Edgecombe

Hamilton Naturalists' Club
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