[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Jan 25 21:13:10 EST 2007

On Thursday, January 25th, 2007, this is the HNC Birding report:


Ring-necked Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Glaucous Gull
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Shrike
Tufted Titmouse
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird

Cold temperatures have made a difference in the bird life here in Hamilton
this week.  The mixture has changed and includes a few new species of birds
that have not been reported this winter.  With ice now present on the bay,
gulls now are able to be seen at various points around the bay sitting on
the ice.  Among the gulls this week were eight Glaucous Gulls, three ICELAND
Gulls and 1 THAYER'S GULL in an area around Pier 4, Bayfront Park and the
Discovery Centre in Hamilton.  Last Saturday the female HARLEQUIN DUCK was
seen around the Parks Canada Discovery Centre along with a mixture of ducks
including Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Common
and Red-breasted Merganser and many American Coots.  Around the bay at
LaSalle Marina a couple of AMERICAN WIGEON moved in for a day.  A Horned
Grebe was seen near Canada Centre for Inland Waters still hanging in. On the
Burlington/Oakville side of the lake, a blue morph SNOW GOOSE was seen at
Bronte Harbour on Saturday and Sunday.

Up in Grimsby on 10th Road East, birds present this week include a frozen
out KILLDEER, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Shrike and Short-eared Owls.
At bird feeders in the area, quite a few Brown-headed Cowbirds are being

The Valley Inn also holds some good winter birding.  The Gray Catbird is
still hanging in at its usual spot along the boardwalk.  A Great Horned Owl
is becoming very vocal in this area as nesting season starts soon.
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows are being seen pecking at the seed
along the boardwalk.  A frozen Great Blue Heron and a couple of Red-winged
Blackbirds are still hiding in the reeds as well.

Raptors in the news this week include Bald Eagles which have been reported
over the high level bridge and on the existing ice on the bay.  A
Rough-legged Hawk was seen in the Grimsby area and at Bronte Creek
Provincial Park.  A Merlin was seen last weekend in the Bronte Harbour area
and another one today at Guelph Line and Fairview and the Peregrine Falcon
was sitting on the west tower of the Lift Bridge this afternoon.

At the Brantford Airport this week, people looking for the elusive Gray
Partridge reported a CACKLING GOOSE mixed in with the  Canada Geese, Horned
Larks and Snow Buntings.

In the odds and sods this week, the Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrasher are
still at LaSalle Park along the Waterfront trail.  Another Eastern Towhee
and a Hermit Thrush have been visiting a back yard in the Appleby Line and
Spruce Area.  A wintering YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER has been seen
sporadically at a feeder near Waterdown.  Three Wild Turkeys were seen on
York Road near Dundas.

That's the news for this week.  Keep reporting your sightings and stay warm!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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