[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu May 25 22:17:18 EDT 2006

On Thursday, May 25th, 2006, this is the HNC birding report:

*New Migrants this week!

Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Ruffed Grouse
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Lincoln's Sparrow
Indigo Bunting

Birds came through in numbers this week, slightly late but nonetheless after
the crummy weather of the long weekend the movement of birds picked up

Lakeshore properties seem to be the place to be this week as most species of
warblers were seen here.  Shell Park and Bronte Woods were witness to a
fallout last weekend as YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, Blue-headed,
Philadelphia, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo, GOLDEN-WINGED, Tennessee
,Orange-crowned ,Nashville ,Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided , Magnolia ,
Black-throated Blue , Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian,
Bay-breasted, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart,
Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Louisiana Waterthrush (seen today at Shell
Park), Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Canada Warbler, Scarlet
Tanager, Indigo Bunting, along with many Swainson's Thrushes.

Shoracres Park in Burlington, has been quiet all spring however this week
Eastern Phoebe, EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, Canada Warbler a female Redstart,
Lincoln's Sparrow and Cedar Waxwings were seen. A pair of Eastern Kingbirds
has been seen all week and offshore a Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and a
flyover of a Ruddy Turnstone were seen today.

Sherwood Forest Park (located at the end of Fairview St. in Burlington or
access from Prince William Drive off of Burloak, turning right at the end of
Prince William and proceeding down the drive that takes out the bottom of
the car with speed bumps) was hopping today with a male CERULEAN WARBLER
making my day singing its heart out right in the parking lot.  Also seen by
others here Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Yellow-rumped, Tennessee,
Black-throated Green and Blue Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and many
Swainson's Thrushes along with at least one Gray-cheeked thrush.

Fifty Point Conservation Area had many of the same warblers as above in
addition to ORCHARD ORIOLE and Willow Flycatcher.  To the west of 50 Point
six BLACK TERNS were seen over the lake, a bird difficult to find in

Another great spot this week was the Dundas Valley Conservation area, a vast
area often under birded.  If you would like a good study of GOLDEN-WINGED,
BLUE-WINGED, LAWRENCE'S and BREWSTER'S this is the place to go, every
combination imaginable.  There was a Brewster’s Warbler reported along
Mineral Springs Rd. just before the HRCA Offices coming from Ancaster. There
was a singing male Lawrence’s Warbler at the west end of the orchards again
on the Main Loop. Along the rail trail at the west end of the Dundas Valley
C.A. a Ruffed Grouse made an attack at a photographers boot!!! Nasty.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were also heard here last weekend.

Shorebird habitat is hard to find in the Hamilton Study area, however,
Smithville Sewage Lagoons in Smithville is an excellent place with ideal
shorebird habitat.  Here last Friday were Semipalmated Plover, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Spotted, Least and Solitary Sandpiper, Dunlin and Short-billed
Dowitcher.  Perhaps the Curlew Sandpiper from Townsend has moved here, its
worth a check!!!

Up in Saltfleet, the pair of Upland Sandpipers were seen on the west side of
10th road East on the trail.  A pair of Sandhill Cranes appeared almost
territorial up here as they flew over the quarry area on 10th Road East.

WHIMBREL have been reported through the week at various spots along the
lakeshore in Mississauga and Toronto.  A flock of about 500 made a flyby at
Rattray Marsh this week.  The mudflat at Rattray Marsh also produced a good
variety of shorebirds though in small numbers, including Killdeer,
Semipalmated Plover, Solitary Sandpiper, Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, Least
Sandpiper & Wilson's Snipe. Singles of Whimbrel were seen at the Dundas
Marsh and Bronte Beach this week.

In the odds & sods this week, a Black-billed Cuckoo was seen today in the
sumacs at the Desjardins Canal and Ruby-throated Hummers have been making
yard lists this week,  Great Egrets were present at Bronte Marsh as well as
the storm ponds located at Guelph Line and North Service Road.

That's the long and winded report for the week.  After dipping out on the
Chestnut-collared Longspur today, I realized by typing this report how good
the HSA is, time to dig up a rarity of our own.

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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