[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - November 4, 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Nov 4 21:36:57 EST 2004

At  9:15 p.m.on Thursday, Nov. 4th, 2004 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Wild Turkey
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
White-rumped Sandpiper
Black-legged Kittiwake
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Raven
Eastern Bluebird
American Pipit
Nashville Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Bird or bird(s) of the week PACIFIC LOON hands down.  Sightings of Pacific
Loon have come from a few points within the HSA.  The most consistent
sighting has come from Fifty Point Conservation Area in Grimsby.  An adult
in moult has been seen daily including today, at various distances from
shore.  There are also reports of a second bird in this area.  Another
PACIFIC LOON sighting comes from the west end of Confederation Park where a
bird in basic plumage was found on Monday.  This bird was also seen again
yesterday.  Still another report comes from Port Credit area where an adult
bird in moult was seen 150 yards off-shore and in the 'still-waters' of the
wake of the sunken barge at the end of the breakwater anchored near the
mouth of the Credit River. Added to the birds seen at Pelee and in Coburg
there seems to be an influx of birds.  Hopefully one of these birds will be
seen this weekend on the HNC Fall bird count.

Birds seen out at Fifty Point while looking for the loon include Common
Loon, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Snow Goose (blue-phase), White-winged
Scoter, Black-legged Kittiwake, Dunlin, White-rumped Sandpiper, Nashville
Warbler, Snow Bunting and American Tree Sparrow.

Woodland Cemetery was great on Sunday despite on and off showers and quite a
west wind.  In the space of three hours a group of us had two Golden Eagles,
many Red-tailed Hawks, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Tundra Swan, Greater
Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Eastern Bluebirds, American Pipit,
Yellow=rumped Warbler, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.  Later at the Valley
Inn a Great Egret was still about as well as two immature Black-crowned
Night Herons, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal and again we were fortunate to
see a Golden Eagle passing through the valley.

Out in Flamborough a sighting of thirty Snow Buntings near Westover Road was
the largest number reported yet. On November 1st a flock of 10 Snow Buntings
was flying above Rock Chapel Road just south of Highway 5. Also two Common
Ravens flying south over Safari Rd between Brock and #6 Hwy. perhaps heading
for those large quarries east of Brock Road.  A feeder in the Beverly Swamp
area is hosting some Wild Turkey.

In the odds and sods department another good sighting this week was a late
Tennessee Warbler at Princess Point. Tundra Swans, a flock of 35 were
reported over Aldershot this week and one of the Hamilton Birders had a
Northern Saw-whet Owl sitting in a magnolia tree in a back yard.

That's all for this week.  This Sunday is the HNC Fall Bird Count.
Hopefully the wind and rain and the birders crawling all over the Hamilton
Study Area will bring in something worth reporting.

Have a great week, good birding.
Cheryl Edgecombe

HNC Hotline

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