[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 17th, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 17 06:27:24 EDT 2007

On Friday, August 17th, 2007, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Wood Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Virginia Rail
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Eastern Screech-Owl
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Philadelphia Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Waterthrush
Canada Warbler
Baltimore Oriole

The big story here in Hamilton continues to be shorebirds moving south and
in particular the ever changing landscape found out at the Willows in the
Dundas Marsh.  This week checks of the marsh included Black-bellied Plover
seen throughout the week in various numbers, a WILLET seen on Tuesday and
yesterday a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE doing circles out at the tip.  The regulars
seen out here are Killdeer, Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted,
Semipalmated, Least, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher and American
Woodcock.  Non shorebird species include Wood Duck, Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Black-crowned
Night Heron, Bonaparte's Gull and last Friday and amazing count of 20
Baltimore Orioles, many of them young.  The next day the Orioles were gone
with a Canada Warbler as a consolation prize.

Grimsby Sewage Lagoons was still a resting place for a Stilt Sandpiper as of
last Friday but this seems to have moved on.  Other birds seen here include
Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper,
Short-billed Dowitcher, and a migrating Least Flycatcher last Friday.  A
Sanderling was on the beach at nearby Fifty Point.  The EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE continues to be seen up the road at Fifty Road and Ridge Road.

Another spot for shorebirds which has potential is Rattray Marsh located at
the end of Bexhill Drive in Mississauga.  This week Great Egret, Killdeer,
Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Spotted and Least Sandpiper were seen.
Offshore 58 Red-necked Grebes were counted.  Water levels are down here and
anything could drop in for a visit.

Passerine migration seems to be picking up here this week.  In addition to
the large number of Orioles seen in the Marsh, a total of 115 Eastern
Kingbirds were counted at Concession 8 and Brock Road in Flamborough. A
number of Baltimore Orioles were seen at this location as well.

Common Nighthawks were on the move this week with 2 being seen over Christie
Conservation Area and more seen over York Boulevard on Wednesday evening.

The lakeshore properties should be checked soon for migrating warblers etc.
At Shoreacres/Paletta Park this week American Woodcock, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Least Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Waterthrush
and Canada Warbler were among migrants reported here.

Down at Bronte Harbour this week the Red-necked Grebes continue to incubate
eggs.  A Merlin seems to be taking up residence in the area and an Osprey
cruised the Harbour last Sunday.

In the odds & ends this week, Green Herons seem to be doing extremely well
here in the HSA this year.  Many were seen around the 7th and 8th concession
in Flamborough, two seen behind at Van Wagners Ponds last Friday and at
least one is present at the Valley Inn.  Eastern Screech Owls were heard in
the Warren Park Area in Dundas and in my neck of the woods at the Walkers
Line and New Street area.  Virginia Rails continue to be seen and
photographed at Kerncliffe Park. A Greater Yellowlegs is present at the
North Service Road Ponds west of Guelph Line.

The change in weather this weekend should bring some fresh material in.
Please continue to report your sightings to the hotline or I won't have
anything to write about next week.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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