[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - April 22, 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Apr 22 19:59:15 EDT 2004

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday April 22, 2004 this is the Hamilton Naturalists
Club Birding Report:


New Migrants! (I have placed these in bold at the bottom to point them out)

Great Egret
Broad-winged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull (many)
Forster's Tern
Common Tern
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
House Wren
American Pipit
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Pine Siskin

This weeks report(as I am sure many will be following) is full of new
migrants flooding in from the warm winds brought to us this week.  Where to

The star of the show this week was the appearance of the HOODED WARBLER in a
yard in Oakville.  Many people were able to enjoy this bird this week before
its departure on Tuesday.  Thanks to the owners who allowed us a peek at
this little treasure.  Another good sighting of the week was the flushing of
a WHIP-POOR-WILL along a trail up in Saltfleet.

The place to be last Saturday was Woodland Cemetery.  Migrants such as
PECTORAL SANDPIPER and COMMON TERN among new migrants.  Other birds seen in
numbers here were Common Loon, Northern Flicker and Tree Swallows.  Not too
far from this location, PINE WARBLERS were heard trilling at LaSalle Park at
the end of Waterdown Road.

Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer in Grimsby has seen the first
Broad-winged Hawks this week with 1257 seen on April 20th.  Other birds
moving through this week were Rough-legged Hawks (many last Friday),
Red-tails, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle.  Flybys
over the watch include Common Loons (many)and Sandhill Cranes (3 this week).
In the hawkwathc area, on the west side of Mountain Road between Kemp and
Mud St. 30 American Pipits were spotted in a field here, excellent
conditions for shorebirds as well.  Our resident UPLAND SANDPIPERS appear to
have moved back in to the location at 10th concession east north of the
tracks with up to four being seen this week.  This is also a good location
for Wilson's Snipe.

Continuing in the raptor category, a second nest of Peregrine Falcons has
been found on the left side of the lift bridge on Eastport Drive.  As you
may recall Peregrines have been seen here during the winter and have decided
to set up shop.

This week at Grimsby Sewage Lagoons 2 DUNLIN and 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER were
among the first guests.  Please remember to stay behind the No Trespassing
signs in the north cell and to park at the shed on the west side of the

On the lake on a very windy Monday a whopping 1400 BONAPARTES GULLS were
seen along with a FORSTERS TERN.

In and around Flamborough, a good number of migrants were spotted Saturday,
Merlin at Millgrove Loam Pits, Osprey at Valens C.A., Pine Warblers at Hyde
Tract on Safari Road, FIELD SPARROWS, CHIPPING SPARROW and Eastern Towhee.
VIRGINIA RAIL AND SORA were heard in the marsh area on Safari Road west of
Westover Road.  VIRGINIA RAIL was also heard at Courtcliffe Park in
Carlisle.  A GREAT EGRET was reported from Christie Conservation Area and in
Copetown on Monday.  A COMMON MOORHEN has come back to the marshy area at
BLUE-WINGED TEAL were reported from 4th concession and Oldfield Road.

At the RBG property at Northshore Trails a HOUSE WREN was heard singing as
well as Eastern Towhee.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher seen today at Shell Park, Oakville and along Kelson
Road in Stoney Creek.

Various reports of yard birds have come in this week including Hermit
Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher,
Tufted Titmouse and Yellow-rumped Warbler and Pine Siskin.

Good Birding
Cheryl Edgecombe

Hamilton Naturalists' Club
Tel: (905) 381-0329

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