[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, July 27th, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jul 27 07:47:04 EDT 2007

On Friday, July 27th, 2007, this is the HNC Birding report:


Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Common Tern
Forsters Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Tufted Titmouse
Purple Finch

This week has been another exciting week here in the HSA.  Another great
bird turned up, this time at the Dundas Marsh on a trail known as the
Willows.  Last Friday, a male RUFF was found in the first pond as you walk
out the Willows trail off of Cootes Drive.  The bird was flushed and then
reappeared out at the end of the Willows much to the delight of the finder
and a couple of other birders.  This bird was reported on Sunday from the
Willows and on Wednesday with the use of a scope from the Northshore Trails
off of the Marsh Boardwalk at the RBG but the bird remains EXTREMELY
elusive.  Other noteworthy birds seen out here during the week include
Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Bonaparte's Gull,
American and Least Bittern, Great Egret, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Pectoral, Stilt, Solitary, Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper and Short-billed
Dowitcher.  A young Forsters Tern is also present out at the end of the
Willows, another good bird for the HSA.

In contrast, the EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE remains at the intersection of Fifty
Road and Ridge Road in Vinemount.  This bird has been extremely co-operative
has been seen most often in the dead snag on top of the spruce on the
northeast corner.  It is quite vocal as well.

Nearby this location at the Grimsby Sewage Lagoons, the ponds are getting
lower creating some shorebird habitat in the north pond.  Seen this week
were Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Hooded
Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron,
Virginia Rail with young, Sora, American Coot with young, Killdeer, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper,
Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Tern and Eastern Kingbird.

Another family of birds found this week and that are becoming rare in the
Hamilton Study Area is a family of Red-headed Woodpeckers seen on Concession
5 West between Sheffield Road and Sager Road.  On Monday two adult birds
were seen just as you cross Sheffield Road however they seem to have quite a
range down this stretch of road.  There are also juveniles present at the

In the odds and sods this week a Bald Eagle was seen behind the Olympic
Arena in Dundas.  A Tufted Titmouse was seen on the Northshore Trails on the
way out to the Marsh Boardwalk.  A female Purple Finch was reported from
Warren Park in Dundas.  Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Eastern Screech Owl were
reported from Rock Chapel.

More birds have turned up while people are out looking for these rarities!
Report your sightings to the hotline!

Have a great week,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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