[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, August 4th, 2005

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Aug 4 12:50:51 EDT 2005

At 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4th, 2005 this is the HNC Birding Report:

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper *
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher *
Long-billed Dowitcher *
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Warbling Vireo

*denotes out of HSA

More shorebirds in the news this week.  Last Friday a one-legged Willet
showed up at the Grimsby Sewage Lagoons.  As of today, this bird is still
here.  Also reported yesterday was a Baird's Sandpiper and a Pectoral
Sandpiper.  Today there are four Baird's Sandpipers. Although water levels
are still high, it appears that there is some edging and this spot should be
checked as it appears things are starting to pick up.

Another mud flat found this week was at Rattray Marsh located at the end of
Bexhill Drive in Mississauga.  Yesterday there were Great Blue Herons, Great
Egrets (4), Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary
Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper (many), Least Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Common
Tern, Belted Kingfisher and Warbling Vireo.

Congestion Ponds at North Service Road was a tad quiet this week with a
number of Lesser Yellowlegs and one each of Semipalmated and Least

Townsend Sewage Lagoons is still the spot to be this week as they had a
number of different species of shorebirds there including a Long-billed
Dowitcher and can't say enough about the goopy habitat.

The Valley Inn appears to be having a heron festival as one Great Egret,
five Great Blue Herons and 10 Black-crowned Night Herons were seen in the

A report of a young Peregrine Falcon seen outside an apartment building in
Hamilton and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a feeder in Westdale tops off
the odds & sods department this week.

Have a great week, keep the sightings moving!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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