[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Feb 23 07:21:11 EST 2007

On Friday, February 23, 2007 this is the HNC Birding report:


American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-throated Loon
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Short-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Shrike
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Brow-headed Cowbird

As we come to the last weekend of winter birding, the weather has warmed a
bit and birds are moving about again.  This
week a few different wintering birds were seen in the area to add to winter
lists.  I will start with these highlights.

The SANDHILL CRANE present for quite some time is still present at the
corner of Miles Road and Airport Road near the Hamilton airport as of last
weekend.  An very hardy overwintering GREAT BLUE HERON was seen on Derry
Road just west of Bronte.  A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was a nice surprise at a
feeder in the Middletown Road and 5th Concession area.  This bird has been
present since Sunday  A WILSONS SNIPE  made a flyby past the offices of
Canada Centre for Inland Waters on Tuesday.  COMMON RAVENS, known to nest in
the area last year, were found at Lynden Road just north of 4th concession
last Saturday.   On Britannia Road just east of 5th Line, two SAVANNAH
SPARROWS were flushed from the road.  On Eighth Line in the same area, just
south of Britannia Road, four White-crowned Sparrows were seen and a RUSTY
BLACKBIRD was found at the Desjardins Canal.  TURKEY VULTURES were seen in
two areas this week, six at a farm near Smithville and six  more near the
bridge at Cayuga.  These may be overwintering birds but may be a few brave
soldiers that wandered up during the brief warm spell that we had on

Down at LaSalle Park this week, two American Wigeon have been playing hide
and seek with some and posing for gripping
pictures for others.  A Northern Pintail was also seen here during the week
on the quickly disappearing ice.  A number
of Bald Eagles have been seen from here out on the ice on the bay.  Carolina
Wren, Winter Wren, Brown Thrasher and Eastern Towhee are also present here
this week.

Another hotspot for ducks is the Windermere Basin where  Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, White-winged Scoter,
Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser and Ruddy Ducks are enjoying
the open water.

Hawks and owls are in the area in numbers this week.  Long eared owls seem
to be in numbers here this winter with
various reports of these birds in yards.  One lucky family this week in East
Hamilton near the Windermere Basin peered
out the back window only to have one sitting on their barbeque and another
one landed in a back yard in the Chatham and
Dundurn Area of Hamilton.  In Bronte Creek Provincial Park  29+ were found
on the west side of the park and 16+ were
found in the campground on the east side.  Also on this east side, one
Northern Saw-whet Owl was found and a Ruffed
Grouse was found in this unlikely area.   Short-Eared Owls were seen flying
at dusk on Kohler Road east of Cayuga.
Rough-legged Hawks both light and dark morphs have been seen in significant
numbers throughout the area with five
present in a field on Lynden Road just north of Fourth Concession where the
Common Ravens were seen.  A Northern Harrier
was seen at King Road and the North Service Road.  A Merlin was seen
crossing Walkers Line just north of New Street and
a Peregrine made a pass through a murder of crows at the Linc and Upper

Lots to report in the odds and sods this week.  Three male pheasants were
seen on the Dofasco Trail between 8th and 10th
Road East.  A fair sized group of Brown Headed Cowbirds were seen at a
feeder on Green Mountain and 8th Road East.
Another Northern Shrike was seen at Elm Tree Road east of Sawmill Road and
on 10th Road East.  A Red-throated Loon made
a fly by at Fifty Point.  A group of  4-500 Snow Buntings were seen on Side
Road No. 1 west of Tremaine along with a
very hungry Northern Shrike.  A Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet
were interesting wintering birds in the
Patterson Tract on 4th Concession west of Woodhill Road where White-winged
Crossbills were seen a couple of weeks ago
and another Eastern Towhee visited a yard in the Appleby Line and Lakeshore
Road area again this  week.

This week marks the start of the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch up at Beamer
Conservation Area in Grimsby.  This is the
unofficial start to migration here in Hamilton so on days of south winds,
come up and have a look!

That’s the news for this week, please report your sightings this week,
winter listing is coming to an end and we are
expecting that migration in its early stages will pick up soon!  Have a
great week.

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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