[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report, Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Aug 19 10:17:02 EDT 2004

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 19th 2004 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Great Egret
Green Heron
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Common Moorhen
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler

A little more action this week with the BOW (bird of the week) being an
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN making its debut in the area on Saturday afternoon
around the Appleby College in Oakville, Sunday at Coronation Park, and
finally settling in on Monday at Cootes Paradise where the bird continues to
be seen as of last night.  There is a possibility that there are two of them
around as the one on the weekend was described as an immature and the one at
Cootes is definitely an adult. This bird has been seen from Princess Point
in Hamilton and also from the High Level Bridge on York Road.   Great Egrets
are also being seen around the area of the pelican in Dundas Marsh.  An
Osprey has also been seen in this general location near the High Level
Bridge/Valley Inn area.

Tollgate ponds continues to produce more shorbirds this week with
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper,  Pectoral
Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-Billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plover,
Blue-winged Teal and a Northern Pintail reported this week.

Taquanyah Conservation Area near Cayuga/Decewsville has suitable shorebird
habitat.  A visit there on the weekend turned up 4 Stilt Sandpipers, 50+
Lesser Yellowlegs, 32 Least Sandpiper and 12 Pectoral Sandpiper.

At Grimsby Sewage Lagoons on Saturday a Black-bellied Plover was present
along with a Peregrine Falcon.

Another spot to check out is Congestion Ponds just off the North Service
Road at Guelph Line.  A number of Lesser Yellowlegs were seen here by myself
yesterday but it also has a bit of mud which would be suitable for migrants
to drop in.

Hawks are in the news this week, 2 Broad-winged Hawks were seen Aug. 14 one
juvenile at Christie CA and Aug. 15 one juvenile at Rock Chapel.

An update to the Common Moorhen chicks reported in July, nine of the chicks
were seen almost full grown at the same location near Glen Morris, north of
St George, by the Tim Hortons Onandaga Camp and Green Herons also seem to be
thriving there as well.

While looking for the Pelican, a female Hooded Warbler and Ovenbird were
spotted on the Northshore trails.  A Canada Warbler turned up in a back yard
in the Appleby Line and New Street area and someone sent me an excellent
photo of a Cooper's Hawk devouring a Mourning Dove in their back yard this

That's the news of the week.  Warblers, swallows, flycatchers and other
goodies are starting to move.  The hotline will be updated next Thursday.

Until then....good birding
Cheryl Edgecombe

HNC Hotline

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