[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, August 10, 2006
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Aug 10 20:44:12 EDT 2006
On Thursday, August 10th 2006 this HNC Birding Report:
Migrants this week!
Great Blue Heron
Migrants other than shorebirds are appearing in the Hamilton Study Area this
Today at Shoreacres/Paletta Park in Burlington, two YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHERS and three CANADA WARBLERS were seen. Other resident birds such
as Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Warbling Vireo and Yellow
Warblers were also seen and/or heard today. Red-necked Grebes continue to
be seen offshore.
At the Valley Inn today, the Cliff Swallow colony under the bridge seems to
be holding out. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was seen as an early migrant along
with Great Egret, Osprey, Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart and Yellow
warbler. An Osprey was seen on the weekend over Woodland Cemetery.
At Rattray Marsh in Mississauga Wednesday, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron
,Black-crowned Night Heron, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, Least Flycatcher, a
male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, Yellow Warbler and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were
among the birds noted. The water in the marsh is a little high however
Lesser Yellowlegs, Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper and Killdeer are present
. A total of 55 Red-necked Grebes were counted offshore last weekend.
At Smithville Sewage Lagoons, the mix of shorebirds seems to change on a
daily basis. This week many Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Solitary, Spotted, Least and Stilt Sandpiper and WILSON'S PHALAROPE were
reported at various times through the week. If I may promote an area
outside the Hamilton Study area (just barely!) Townsend Sewage Lagoons seems
to be the shorebird hotspot in these parts.
On the lakewatch/baywatch this week (soon to be the home of birders looking
for Jaegers), a few Bonaparte's Gulls were seen flying on the lake on
Tuesday including 2 juveniles and four Long-tailed Ducks were seen on the
water, likely oversummering birds. A Common Loon was seen on the bay south
of Eastport Drive. A group of three Bonaparte's Gulls were seen flying past
Canada Centre for Inland Waters on the bay last Friday.
In the odds & sods this week, another Great Egret was seen on the Northeast
Shore of the Harbour,another was seen on Long Pond and another one seen at
Vanderlieks Ponds located just east of Smithville. These birds seem to be
increasing in numbers in the Hamilton Study area.
This weekend is supposed to be spectacular. Get out there and look for
those early fall/mid summer migrants and report your sightings to the
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