[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, March 23, 2006

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Mar 23 19:36:14 EST 2006


On Thursday, March 23rd, 2006, this is the HNC Birding Report:

KING EIDER
GOLDEN EAGLE
GYRFALCON
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SNOWY OWL

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Killdeer
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Eastern Meadowlark

More migrants continue to filter into the area despite the cool temperatures
we have had this week.  New migrants this week include KING EIDER, a male
seen yesterday and a female seen today off of Fifty Road.   Other birds seen
out here today include a number of Red-necked Grebes, a few Horned Grebes,
many Long-tailed Ducks, White-winged Scoters and Common Goldeneye.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch has been active this week.  On St. Patty's
Day a dark GYRFALCON buzzed south of the Hawkwatch, a thrill for all.  This
week there have also been two GOLDEN EAGLES in addition to more Turkey
Vultures, Bald Eagles, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk and a Rough-legged
Hawk.  This activity should pick up with warmer temperatures forecast for
the coming week.  Three adult and one immature, Bald Eagle along with a
couple of GOLDEN EAGLES have been reported from the high level bridge on
York Road on Sunday.

Up in Saltfleet, ducks continue to gather in wet fields.  Seen south of
Ridge Road between 8th and 10th Road East, Gadwall, American Wigeon,
Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal.  In a field on
8th Road West thirty five Killdeer were present along with one very frozen
looking Pectoral Sandpiper.  Four Tundra Swans flew over the field at the
same location. On 10th Road E. Northern Harriers were flying and Eastern
Meadowlarks were singing.

Owls are in the news this week.  There are apparently two Snowy Owls which
were observed at the Hamilton Airport in the past couple of weeks.  An
Eastern Screech Owl was perched in a tree in the downtown Oakville area at
dusk early in the week.  A pair of Great Horned Owls were hear in Hopkins
Tract on the weekend.

At Bronte Harbour the Red-necked Grebes are calling in the harbour and a
Pied-billed Grebe was present today.  At nearby Burloak Park a pair of
Belted Kingfishers looked like they were setting up shop in the bank.

Up in Flamborough, the Common Ravens seem to be acting as if they are going
to stay for a while.  These birds were observed last weekend in the same
area as previously reported Brock Road and 4th Concession.

In the odds & sods this week, a Northern Shrike was seen at the drainage
ponds on Great Lakes Blvd. ,Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported from the
Northshore/Captain Cootes Trail at the Arboretum and a Horned Grebe was
closely photographed at LaSalle Marina.

That's our report for this week, have a good weekend.
Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline
905-381-0329







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