[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday April 8th, 20004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Apr 8 17:35:05 EDT 2004

At 5:00 p.m. on Thursday April 8, 2004 this is the Hamilton Naturalists Club
Birding Report

Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Harlequin Duck
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Red tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Wild Turkey
Wilson's Snipe
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Phoebe
Northern Shrike
Tree Swallow
Brown Creeper
Eastern Bluebird
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Fox Sparrow

This week has been fairly quiet for the most part but some exciting
sightings have been reported sporadically throughout the week.  Over the
last two days birds have started to move again.

Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville has been the spot for Geese
this week with a SNOW GOOSE and a ROSS' GOOSE reported this week from the
reservoir and flying out over the park.

Another great sighting this week was the presence of over 2000 Red-necked
Grebes off of Ben Macree in Port Credit.  Also still present here are the
Harlequin Ducks and a report of a large number of Tree Swallows hanging
around the harbour.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen again over Beamer Memorial Conservation Area on
Monday in a flock of Turkey Vultures moving through.  Other raptors seen
this week include Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and
Bald Eagle.  It won't be long before the tower sees the Broad-wings!!.  An
OSPREY was seen yesterday over the Valley Inn and over the RBG Arboretum.
Other raptor highlights is the start of the Peregrine nesting season atop
the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton.  The bird can be views on nest at
http://www.hamiltonnature.org/hamfalcam.html. Coopers Hawks were seen
building a nest in Gage Park.  Northern Harriers continue to cruise over the
fields on 10th Concession East above Ridge Road and the Short-eared Owls
continue to be seen here as well.  Wilson's Snipe were heard winnowing at
this location as well.

Other birds at Beamer this week include Common Loon, Eastern Phoebe, Fox
Sparrow, and EASTERN TOWHEE.  Eastern Phoebe (2) were also seen at
Kerncliffe Park off of Kerns Road.

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported last Friday from the Guelph Arboretum.
These birds and others may still be around as they make their way back west.

Other sightings this week include Pied-billed Grebe in the ponds at Guelph
Line and North Service Road, Wild Turkey at Dundas Valley C.A., Belted
Kingfisher at Desjardins Canal, Eastern Meadowlark at Old Guelph Road and
York Road, Eastern Bluebirds behing the Olympic Arena, Rusty Blackbird at a
feeder in Flamborough, Northern Shrike still lurking about on Brock Road and
5th Concession, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers everywhere!!

Be sure to look for the Towhee's and Sapsuckers and hopefully something
juicy coming through in the next week!

Have a great Easter!
Cheryl Edgecombe

Hamilton Naturalists' Club
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