[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Oct 6 18:15:51 EDT 2005

On Thursday, October 6th, 2005, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Great Egret
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Bald Eagle
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Chimney Swift
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

Summer is back here in the Hamilton Area.  The birds seem to be stagnant
this week as south winds and warm temperatures are not qualifications for
heavy migration.  A couple of new goodies have popped up in the area this

Out at the Dundas Marsh, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW continues to be seen
with some regularity with 5 being seen relatively well yesterday.  At the
end of the willows, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER has been present for the past
couple days last being seen yesterday as well.  Other birds reported from
the willows are Osprey, Bald Eagle, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied
Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrow and Rusty Blackbirds.  Note the South
Shore/Willows trail off of Cootes Drive is treacherous in spots, rubber
boots are highly recommended and there is a great deal of poison ivy around.

Another great shorebird seen this week was a WILLET on the rock islands at
LaSalle Marina, an excellent find for this time of year.  At nearby Woodland
Cemetery, a Northern Parula and Blue-headed Vireo were seen in the week.

At Van Wagner's Beach last Sunday a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE popped into an
observer's scope at a distance and an American Pipit was seen on the rocks.

>From the north of the area at Mountsberg C.A. and other spots in north
Halton, large numbers of White-throated Sparrows and Icterids were seen in
the week along with Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat and
Purple Finch.  At the back of Mountsberg, many Great Egrets were seen along
with Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck
and Redhead.

The lakefront properties have been quiet this week.  Shell Park was a ghost
town today and earlier in the week only Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hermit Thrush and Winter Wren were the only birds of

Quite a few yard reports in the week, a Philadelphia Vireo was seen in the
Guelph Line & New Street Area, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler and more Whitethroats
in the Walker's Line & New Street area, Brown Thrasher in Greensville, and
White-crowned Sparrow in Beamsville.

In the odds & sods department Chimney Swifts were seen over Ivor Wynne
Stadium at the Ticats game last Friday, six Pine Warblers were mixed in with
a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers near the High Level Bridge and Rusty
Blackbirds are still being reported from the Bronte Marsh.

That's the news for this week.  A change in the weather should bring a
change in the birds this weekend.  Keep the reports coming!!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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