[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Dec 2 17:18:08 EST 2004


At 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 2nd 2004 this is the HNC Birding Report:


GREAT EGRET
SNOWY OWL
SANDHILL CRANE

Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
King Eider
Harlequin Duck
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Shrike
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Red-winged Blackbird


As if we needed an excuse to get out and crawl around looking for birds, the
onset of the Winter Bird listing season is upon us.  People were out and
about even today and yesterday in somewhat strange weather looking for those
birds which may not stick around once they see what the Canadian winter is
all about.

A GREAT EGRET is still present at the Valley Inn.  This bird has hung on for
quite a while hanging out with the Great Blue Herons and the occasional
Hooded Merganser.  Also present here are Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck and a
lone Belted Kingfisher.
A Peregrine Falcon stood on the Osprey platform yesterday morning.

The lake was productive again on the weekend.  Balmy temperatures last
Saturday made scanning the lake pleasant.  An incredible number (about 50)
of Red-throated Loons were present on the lake at various points such as
L.P. Sayers Park and VanWagners Beach.  There were a couple of Common Loons
seen as well but they seem to have moved from the area.  Both places hosted
a King Eider on Saturday and Sunday with a female present at Sayers Park on
Saturday and a 1st winter male seen on Sunday at the beach.  Other birds
seen along the lake were all three Scoter species and Bonapartes Gull.
Red-winged Blackbirds were seen yesterday on the beach strip (for the winter
listers).

Close by at Tollgate Ponds a SNOWY OWL made an appearance on Sunday,
probably the same individual seen the week before.  The bird has not been
located since.

Shell Park reports include a pair of Great Horned Owls seen on the pipeline
area and a resident Merlin lurking about.  Nearby at Bronte Harbour a
Harlequin Duck is still being seen off the bluff west of the Harbour.

A great sighting this week came from Waterdown Park where one observer saw
28 Sandhill Cranes circling overhead, just passing through the area on their
way south.

Rattray Marsh was also productive this week with Carolina Wren, Marsh Wren
and Winter Wren seen and a Wilson's Snipe was also flushed from the marsh as
well.

In the odds and sods department a Northern Shrike has been seen regularly at
Kelson Road near Fifty Point C.A. and a Pied-billed Grebe was in the
Desjardins Canal in Dundas earlier in the week.

That's the news for the week.  Report any unusual winter sightings from the
weekend!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

905-381-0329



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