[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, June 15th, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jun 15 07:46:11 EDT 2007

On Friday June 15th, 2007 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Red-necked Grebe
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Northern Goshawk
Common Moorhen
American Coot
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Common Tern
Foresters Tern
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Lawrence's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
American Redstart
Mourning Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole

Mid June is quieter here in the HSA.  Many of our breeding birds are settled
in, some of them are with chicks already.  Bird song is mostly limited to a
few short hours in the morning and leaf cover makes it difficult to view
birds thus fine tuning the bird song identification skills.  The following
report covers a great deal of the Hamilton Study area with locations of
where to find these primarily nesting species.

One of the nicest places to visit this week was the Dundas Valley
Conservation Area.  Last Saturday, a hike off of Paddy Green Road near the
radio tower yielded a number of different species and spectacular scenery.
Black-billed and Yellow-billed cuckoos do well in this location as there are
a number of different habitats to be found here that they like and hopefully
Gypsy Moth Caterpillars as a source of food!  In the meadow to the east of
the radio tower a SEDGE WREN was heard and then proceeded to give gripping
views both Saturday and Sunday.  Also at the this same meadow in the tiny
evergreen trees, a couple of Clay-coloured Sparrows were seen and heard.
Among other species found on this hike in the meadow and then through the
valley on the Headwaters Trail were Red-eyed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Veery,
Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Chestnut Sided, Black-throated Green and
Mourning Warbler, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Field Sparrow and
Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  Elsewhere in the Valley a male Lawrences Warbler is
at the south side of old orchard and 2 recently fledged Great Horned Owlets
were making short flights and uttering begging calls to an adult on
McCormicks Trail.

The Grimsby Sewage Lagoons have been a busy nesting site this year.  The
Common Tern which nests on the island in the north lagoon can be seen
feeding a single chick.  Baby American Coots with their brilliant red heads
were photographed in the week.  A pair of Common Moorhens seem to be elusive
probably because they too were on nest.  A Least Bittern has been heard on
and off over the past few weeks keeping well out of sight.  A pair of Ruddy
Ducks appeared as if they would nest but only the female is left this week.

Up at the Dofasco Trail on the Wednesday Night Walk,  walking east from 5th
Rd. East to the end of the Boardwalk,  a pair of Killdeer with young, along
with a Black-Billed Cuckoo, Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Rose-Breasted
Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler and Cedar Waxwings. Wood Thrush, Field Sparrow and
House Wrens were also heard. Walking from 10th Rd. East to 11th Rd. East, we
saw Wild Turkey, Upland Sandpipers,  Eastern Kingbirds, Barn Swallows and

At Bronte Harbour this week, all six species of Swallow (Tree, Barn,
Rough-winged, Bank, Cliff and Purple Martin) were seen and appear to be
nesting in the area.  A Red-necked Grebe has 7 eggs in the nest at the
Harbour and an unusual sighting of a Forster's Tern here last weekend. The
Red-necked Grebe nest at Burloak Park appears to have failed unfortunately.

Further east at Rattray Marsh in Mississauga, Great Egrets, Great Blue
Heron, Carolina Wren, Rose breasted Grosbeak and Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher were
seen and/or heard and a sprinkling of shorebirds with Dunlin, Semipalmated
Plover, Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper.

Another couple of species of shorebirds were seen down at the Windermere
Basin this week with four Semipalmated Sandpipers seen last weekend and an
American Golden Plover there yesterday.

At the  Waterdown Wetland Trails, Ruffed Grouse (chick spotted through a gap
in a wooded area ) Great Crested Flycatcher, Mourning Warbler, American
Redstart, and Indigo Bunting were reported Wednesday.

Up in Flamborough on 5th concession West in Flamborough, a Green Heron,
Hooded Merganser (well grown fledgling ), Bobolink, and Eastern Meadowlark
were also seen Wednesday.

In the southern region, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Blue-winged Warbler, and Orchard Oriole were seen last Sunday at Ruthven,
another great area to bird here in the HSA.

In the odds and sods this week a nesting Northern Goshawk gave us chase up
in Killbride this week, quite the experience.  Another Great Horned Owlet
can be seen at the RBG Rock Garden and is easy to observe from the top trail
in a nest in a dead pine at the RBG Rock Garden, west side.  Common
Nighthawks are flying over Edinburgh Ave in Hamilton, a nice summer

Thanks to all for all of your sightings this week, we had many from a wide
variety of places here in the HSA.  Have a great week!

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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