[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, March 16th, 2006

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Thu Mar 16 16:08:12 EST 2006

On Thursday, March 16th, 2006 this is the HNC Birding Report


Turkey Vulture
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Widgeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Northern Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
Ring-necked Pheasant
Snowy Owl
Common Raven
Eastern Bluebird
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle

The warm weather of last weekend filtered in more migrants as a second wave of birds came through.  This week our new
birds include BLUE-WINGED TEAL, an early record one on Sunday, one on Monday.  On Sunday the teal were found on West
River Road south of Mt Healy and on Monday, Blue-winged Teal were found up in the Saltfleet Area.  Saltfleet was
definitely the hotspot this week as the find of the week was three BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS, birds which are elusive in the
Hamilton Study Area .  Three birds were found on the west side of 5th Road East, North of Green Mountain and south of
Powerline Road.  There have been many mixed flocks of blackbirds here containing Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles
and Brown-headed Cowbirds.  Those who sift through the rif raf may be rewarded.  Other birds found in areas from 5th
Road East to 10th Road East include Killdeer, Ring-necked Pheasant , EASTERN MEADOWLARK, Rusty Blackbirds, many fields
full of Northern Shoveler, American Widgeon, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal and in the quarry on Green Mountain and 10th
Road East some migrating Ring-necked Ducks were found.

Another great area this week for flooded fields full of waterfowl was along River Road south of Cayuga where Northern
Pintail, American Widgeon, Green-winged Teal and Ring-necked Ducks provided an excellent mix for viewing.

Tundra Swans still made appearance through the week with about 150 of them going over Fifty Point and a flock of 60
sitting off of Bayfront Park.

The familiar Peent of American Woodcock was heard this week near Middletown Road and 5th Concession in Flamborough and
at the traditional spot of York Road at the RBG Northshore Trails.

A reminder of winter this week with the sighting of two Snowy Owls.  One owl has been seen in the Eastport Drive area
sitting on the lamppost and again at the Red Hill Valley Creek Outlet.  The other bird is still present at the Hamilton
Airport being seen again today.   People really get irritated when you put carry on luggage down, haul out the bins and
view birds while boarding but I did it anyway.  This bird has been present here for the winter.

Another great spot this week was the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch were a banner day of Bald Eagles occurred this week,
Turkey Vultures, Northern Goshawk, many Red-tailed Hawks,  the first Red-shouldered Hawk of the season were all birds
seen in the week along with more SANDHILL CRANES.

The Common Ravens were spotted again in the same area of Brock Road between 4th and 5th Concession perhaps setting up
shop for the season.

At the Dundas Marsh last Sunday Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, Canvasback and Wood Duck were reported along with Carolina
Wren and Eastern Bluebird.  Another surprise bird this week appeared at the Dundas Hydro Ponds a single SANDHILL CRANE.

In the odds & sods department a Winter Wren was seen at the RBG Boardwalk and a Northern Shrike was reported from 4th
concession east of Brock Road and from Shell Park in Oakville.  A group of 8 (5m, 3f) Hooded Mergansers were seen near
St. George.

That’s the news this week, the cold weather has given us a break in migration but its still good to look for any
goodies that might have traveled this way.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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