[Ontbirds]Hamilton Naturalists Club - Thursday, October 5th, 2006
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Oct 5 20:36:40 EDT 2006
On Thursday, October 5th, 2006, this is the HNC Birding Report:
NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Another plug for the Birds of Hamilton and Surrounding Areas by Bob Curry.
The book launch is October 12th from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Burlington Art Centre
on Lakeshore Road just west of Brant Street. Please come and help us
celebrate this momentous occasion.
Another great week of birding in the HSA. This week saw a turnover again of
species which are passing through the area with an increase in waterfowl on
the lake and yes the return of the Purple Finch and Dark-eyed Junco!!!!
The Dundas Marsh has once again been a stopping place for the NELSON'S
SHARP-TAILED SPARROW. This week a few individuals were seen although they
remain extremely secretive. A word of caution today, the water levels are
up and even with rubber boots in spots the water is extremely high. Another
word of caution on the route to get to the marsh. For those who exited the
403 at HWY 6 and then turned onto York Road and followed to Cootes Drive to
get into Dundas, this turn is now closed. Now to get to the marsh, the best
route is 403 to Main St. West and follow signs toward McMaster. Just past
the University hospital you will see a sign for Cootes Drive. Turn onto
Cootes Drive and follow about a kilometer. The parking is on the opposite
side of the road from the entrance marsh however the median present prevents
a turn around on the road. You have to go to the next light where Cootes
meets Olympic Drive and drive past this and make a turnaround somewhere and
then come back down along Cootes Drive toward the University. Anyhow, back
to my point, other birds seen in the marsh this week included a couple of
LITTLE GULLS mixed in with a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls seen Sunday, Ruddy
Duck, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Osprey,
Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron,
Black-crowned Night Heron, Marsh Wren, Northern Rough-winged Swallow,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song and Swamp Sparrow.
The other goodie in Hamilton this week was the WESTERN KINGBIRD last seen
Saturday morning at the Dry Lake Road location. Unfortunately it looks like
this bird has moved on.
VanWagners Beach was once again hopping today in North to Northeast winds.
Many species of waterfowls were present today including American Wigeon,
Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, many White-winged Scoter,
Black Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon and Common Loon. A
Parasitic Jaeger was seen at a reasonable distance going after some
Bonaparte's Gulls. Migrating overhead were two Northern Harriers and a late
Broad-winged Hawk. Along the shoreline today were many Dark-eyed Juncos,
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets.
On the bay this week Horned Grebe, American Coot, Redhead and Greater Scaup
were reported on Monday.
At Paletta/Shoreacres in Burlington this week Swainson's Thrush, American
Redstart, Magnolia Warbler and a late Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were reported.
At Kerncliffe Park in North Burlington this week, Hermit Thrush, Red eyed
Vireo, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler and Field Sparrow were
among birds seen.
In the odds & sods this week, out at 5th Concession and Middletown Road,
feeders were alive this weekend with a first of fall Dark-eyed Junco,
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows and Purple Finch. A flock of
Rusty Blackbirds also flew over making the week's yard list better than
most! In Dundas another 12 Rusty Blackbirds and 1 American Pipit were added
to the yard list. At the Valley Inn Blue-headed Vireo and Nashville Warbler
were reported. A Fox Sparrow popped up in a yard in Oakville today, still
another sign of a changing landscape.
That's the news of the week. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!! Make sure to
report your sightings!
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