[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Jul 27 21:50:02 EDT 2006

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006, this is the HNC birding report:

Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Cliff Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole

Hot unstable weather seems to have made for quiet birding this week.
Thunderstorms have driven up the water levels in some of the storm ponds
making it hard for shorebirds to wade so the report is a little weaker in
the shorebird department.

Smithville Sewage Lagoons last Saturday had Pied-billed Grebe, Killdeer,
Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper
and Pectoral Sandpiper.  The Stilt Sandpipers seem to have left area.

At Grimsby Sewage Lagoons, the water is high however attractive for American
Wigeon, Caspian Tern, and 18 Great Blue Herons.  On the way into the lagoons
two American Woodcock were flushed from the path.  The vegetation is
extremely high here, bring your machete!!!

A couple of sightings for the week which are of note, two Ospreys were seen
in the week perhaps on a migratory path, one over a yard in Dundas and the
other over downtown Hamilton moving toward the Binbrook Area.  Great Egret
sightings have also been more numerous this week with four being seen in the
Dundas Marsh and one at the Dundas Hydro Ponds, one flew by Canada Centre
for Inland Waters and one has been seen in the Valley Inn area for the past
week.  Also seen in the Dundas Marsh and Dundas Hydro Ponds a number of
Black-crowned Night Herons both adult and juvenile.  Time to look out for
those Yellow-crowned Night Herons!!!  (make sure you call the hotline, I
need this for Hamilton!)

A couple of Bald Eagle sightings reported in the week.  A Bald Eagle was
reported in the Dartnall Road area of Hamilton and another juvenile was seen
over Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle.  Also reported from Courtcliffe park,
Great Blue Heron, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood Pewee, Willow Flycatcher,
Great Crested flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern
Meadowlark, Common Yellowthroat, Blue-winged Warbler, Field, Song, Savannah
and Chipping Sparrow, and Baltimore Oriole.

Today at LaSalle Marina, the Common Tern colony seems to be doing well
however the whole colony flushed today as a Peregrine Falcon came flying
over the rock islands and eventually perched in a tree along the shore.

At Bronte Harbour, the Red-necked Grebes are nesting again with a pair
building a nest behind a boat named the Pisces and another nest with five
eggs is located in the floating tire.

In the odds & sods this week a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was seen in a yard in
Dundas perhaps an early migrant, a family group of Great Crested Flycatchers
was seen beating a cicada into a tree trunk for a nice tasty meal, swallows
have been seen congregating on the lakeshore with Cliff Swallows checking
out the new tower at Confederation Park,  a small colony of Cliff Swallows
are also at the Valley Inn Bridge, a Brown Thrasher was seen and a Least
Flycatcher was photographed at the Hopkins Tract, an Eastern Towhee was seen
on the rail trail near Mineral Springs and Binkley Road and an Eastern
Screech Owl family was reported from a yard again near Walkers Line and New
Street area of Burlington.

That's the report for the week, many of the birds above have been around
this summer but are becoming more active as breeding season is over for
some.  Time to get out there and look for these and other birds which may be
soon on the move.

Have a great week, good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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