[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, December 7, 2006

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Dec 7 18:27:06 EST 2006

On Thursday, December 7, 2006, this is the HNC birding report:


Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrows x Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser x Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Snow Bunting

A week of colder temperatures has turned up some new birds this week in the
HSA.  Winter listers are revved up and out searching for those winter
goodies. This weeks sightings include small tidbits from various places in
the HSA to help bump up the winter lists.

Last Friday, conditions were wild with a big storm producing gale force
northeast winds.  For those brave enough or wacky enough to stand out in
them, the birding was fabulous down at VanWagners Beach.  A total of 11
Black-legged Kittiwakes were seen with 6 adult and 5 immature birds being
counted in the day.  Other birds seen were Red-throated Loons (277), Common
Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls, an immature Iceland Gull, Great Black-backed Gull,
a Lesser Black-backed Gull and tons of waterfowl of various kinds.  After
the weather settled a couple of days, an immature KING EIDER was seen at the
end of Grays Road along with the usual suspects of Common Goldeneye,
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, Barrow's x Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser x Common
Goldeneye hybrids, all three Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead and
Greater Scaup. Today the KING EIDER was seen near the water slide at
Confederation Park and at L.P. Sayers Park and the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was
seen at the end of Grays Road today.

Out on the Hamilton Bay last Friday, a 2nd basic LITTLE GULL was seen in
amongst a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls off of Woodland Cemetery and another
Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen here as well.  At LaSalle Marina,
Canvasbacks, a couple of Red-necked Grebes and a Pied-billed Grebe are still
present.  A late migrating Red-shouldered Hawk was seen over the High Level
bridge last Sunday.

At the Valley Inn this week a late AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed near the
boardwalk and the resident winter Gray Catbird seems to have moved in for
the winter and also a Fox Sparrow was seen today. An adult Red-shouldered
Hawk was seen over Hendrie Valley yesterday.

At the Dundas Marsh this week, some winter ticks on the list are still about
including Great Blue Heron, Winter Wren, Swamp Sparrow and flyover Snow
Buntings and at the nearby Hydro Ponds many Hooded Mergansers.  Behind
Olympic arena, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Carolina Wren and Red-bellied
Woodpecker added more to the winter list.

On the Captain Cootes Trail on the Northshore of the Royal Botanical
Gardens, many Cedar Waxwings are still about.  Other birds present include
Carolina Wren and White-throated Sparrow.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park was a good place to see owls last weekend with
three Northern Saw-whet Owls being present on the west side of the park
along with Pileated and Red-bellied woodpecker and Eastern Bluebird.  On the
west side (Campground) a good number of Long-eared owls were seen in the
northeast end of the campground.  Other birds seen here included Pileated
Woodpecker, Northern Shrike and Northern Flicker.

In the odds & sods department a Pied-billed Grebe is at Bronte Harbour, a
Black-crowned Night Heron (imm.) was seen at Van Wagners Ponds today, a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet was seen at Shell Park today and Hermit Thrushes were
present at the Appleby creek bed and Burlington Beach Canal this week.

That's all for this week.  Thanks for all your sightings.  Until next

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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