[Ontbirds]Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - June 3, 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Jun 3 17:29:45 EDT 2004

At 5:30 p.m. this is the Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report for June
3, 2004


Least Bittern
Virginia Rail
Semipalmated Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Sedge Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Blue-winged Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Herons and egrets are the stars of this weeks rarities report.  On Sunday, 3
CATTLE EGRETS were seen off of Eastport Drive in Burlington, on the second
island going south towards Canadian Centre for Inland Waters.  By the time a
phone was reached to call and alert me they had flown.  They were however
seen shortly after this in the Mud Street/Mt Albion Road Area.  They have
not been seen since but one is hopeful they will turn up again.  Subsequent
to this, on Wednesday there was a report of a small white heron/egret bird
flying in the east end of Hamilton Harbour.  The bird was not positively
identified due to poor visibility but one should be wary of this sighting as

The most spectacular sighting this week came when somebody knocked on a
local birders door in an apartment complex in Bronte.  Apparently a bird was
seen standing for about half an hour on the 6th floor terrace of the
building about 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. last night.  It turned out to be an adult
YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON.  Imagine that one on your yard list!!!!.  A
search for the bird this morning did not turn it up however there may be
more success in the evenings when the night herons are flying about.  The
bird was perched on 2511 Lakeshore Road but Bronte Harbour and Bronte Marsh
should be checked.  This bird was reported on Monday May 31st in the Guelph
Line and Woodward Area of Burlington coming down to someone's pool (I only
check messages once a week so didn't get this until today...ARGGGHHH!!!)

Shorebird sightings this week at Tollgate Ponds off of Eastport Drive in
Hamilton include White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Dunlin.

Migrants are still trickling through although seeing them is a challenge.
At Paletta/Shoreacres Park (located on Lakeshore between Appleby and Walkers
Line) this week I had Willow Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Mourning Warbler
and Common Yellowthroat.  Birds nesting there include Red-eyed Vireo,
Warbling Vireo, and Baltimore Oriole.  Cedar Waxwings have been seen in
several areas this week in small flocks.

Kerncliffe Park on Kerns Road in Burlington is home to nesting Virginia
Rails.  Other nesting birds and or paired birds seen this week were Eastern
Kingbird, Eastern Meadowlark and Black-billed Cuckoos in the Red Hill
Valley.  An Orchard Oriole was noted here as well. Yellow-billed Cuckoos
have been reported from various locations this week including the 8th
concession in Flamborough, Waterdown Wetlands and Southshore Trails at the
back of McMaster University.

On a sad note this week a Least Bittern was found on Safari Road near
Kirkwall Road.  Other birds in this area at Hyde Tract include Blue-winged
Warbler, Black & White Warbler and Ovenbird.

Other odds and sods were Common Nighthawks were seen at the above location
as well as the Red Hill Valley and Vesper Sparrow at Courtcliff Park on
Carlisle Road in Carlisle.  Sedge Wrens were heard in the Powerline Road and
Paddy Green area of Ancaster.

That's the scoop for this week, keep the sightings coming.  Hopefully the
egrets and herons turn back up this week.

Cheryl Edgecombe

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