[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, November 25th, 2004
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Nov 25 18:02:40 EST 2004
At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 25th, 2004 this is the HNC Birding Report
Great week in the Hamilton area again. On Saturday, at Van Wagner's Beach a
CALIFORNIA GULL was found, only the 2nd record for Hamilton. This gull was
viewed for 45 minutes and then it flew to the east. Meanwhile, sitting at
Fifty Point photographing, one very fortunate birder had 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS
in view at Fifty Point Conservation Area. This same observer had 2 CAVE
SWALLOWS at Fruitland Road on Monday while looking for ducks. What a
week......(wish I could have been there). Subsequent efforts to locate the
sandpipers and the swallows were futile. An American Pipit and King Eider
were reported from Fifty Point on Sunday.
Also on the lake this week are the usual suspects of ducks along with Common
Loon, Red-throated Loon, Surf, White-winged and Black Scoters. At Van
Wagner's on Saturday, a Peregrine Falcon was cruising the beach causing one
very scared Mourning Dove to perch about five feet above somebody's head who
was at the beach at the time. Yesterday two Black-legged Kittiwakes passed
by in the oh so lovely weather down at Hutches.
Yesterday, two SNOWY OWLS were reported, one at Pier 26 off of Eastport
Drive and one at Bronte Harbour. Also seen at Bronte were Red-necked Grebes
and a Belted Kingfisher.
On the bay side Sunday came a report of Red-throated Loons, Tundra Swans,
Ring-necked Ducks, Canvasbacks and Horned Grebes.
A GREAT EGRET continues to be seen at the Valley Inn. This bird is
highlighted as the winter listing season is fast approaching. Anyone
continuing to see this bird, please post to me as this is a very late date
for this bird.
In the odds & sods, Northern Shrikes continue to be around with one in the
Headon Forest area on Sunday and one lonely White-throated Sparrow was seen
at my feeder this week.
That's it for this week. Another great week in the HSA.
Keep the sightings coming. If there are any species you see that may not be
common for this time of year, please email as people will be starting those
winter lists this coming week.
Thanks and have a great week.
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