[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 3 05:51:52 EDT 2007

On Friday, August 3rd, 2007 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Redstart

Hot and steamy days here in the HSA makes birding a little tough however
more migrants are starting to show up and shorebird numbers continue to
build enticing birders to endure these conditions to get their birding fix.

This week in the Dundas Marsh a search out at the end of the Willows last
Friday yielded a great surprise, 58 Short-billed Dowitchers, quite a sight.
Other shorebirds present were Pectoral, Solitary, Least, Semipalmated and
Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.  On
Tuesday July 31st, Sanderling were added to the mix at the first pond on the
walk out to the tip and at the tip that same day a Baird's Sandpiper, likely
an adult and both of these shorebirds being the first of the fall season.
Among other birds reported out in the marsh, Great Egrets, Black-crowned
Night Heron, 3 Ospreys were seen last Sunday, another one seen yesterday
(probably migrants), Common Tern, Caspian Tern (many), Willow Flycatcher,
Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and American Redstart.

The Grimsby Sewage Lagoons were a little quieter than the marsh but water
levels are dropping and this could be a potential hotspot.  Lesser
Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer composed the shorebird component
but also seen in the ponds were Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser,
Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, American Coot with young, Sora, Virginia
Rail with young, and Common Tern.  Nearby up the Road at the intersection of
Fifty Road and Ridge Road, the EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE continues to be seen
and heard.

The North Service Road Storm Ponds located west of Guelph line, are dropping
in water levels and yesterday 3 Great Egrets, 11 Lesser Yellowlegs and 1
Greater Yellowlegs were present here.

Another couple of neat sightings for the Hamilton Study Area was the
presence of SANDHILL CRANES (2), at Grass Lake near Glen Morris.  This has
always been a traditional nesting site for these birds but they are not
often seen.  The Red-Headed Woodpeckers continue to be present on 5th
Concession W. between Sager Road and Sheffield Road with one adult being
seen near the intersection of 5th Concession and Sheffield last Sunday.

Down at Bronte Harbour, the traditional spot for Red-necked Grebe nests, one
individual is on nest with 5 eggs.  An Osprey flew by the harbour last

In the odds and sods, another Osprey was reported sitting in a tree on Hwy 8
on the way to Sheffield.  Another Osprey was reported from Carroll's Point
on August 1st.  A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and two more Great Egrets were seen
along the Northshore Trails.  Eastern Bluebird and an early migrating
Olive-sided Flycatcher were reported from the Brantford Area this week.

That's the news this week.  Thanks for sending in your sightings.  I expect
it will get busier the next few weeks as warblers and other passerines begin
their journey south.

Have a great week!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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