[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, October 6th, 2005
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Oct 6 18:15:51 EDT 2005
On Thursday, October 6th, 2005, this is the HNC Birding Report:
NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW
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
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!!
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