[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 31st, 2007

cheryle29 at cogeco.ca cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 31 12:50:22 EDT 2007

On a very busy Friday, August 31, 2007 this is the HNC birding report;

Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Broad-winged Hawk
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Black Tern
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Traill's Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Purple Martin
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

What a busy week is has been here in Hamilton.  Migration is in full swing on all fronts and there is lots of news to
report this week.  No rarities have occurred (yet) but many great birds have been seen during the week.

Starting with shorebirds, at Smithville Sewage Lagoons a juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher was found here last Tuesday
along with 4 Short-billed Dowitchers.  This is a record early date for a juvenile of this species.  Also seen here were
a number of Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Solitary, Spotted and Least Sandpipers and Lesser
Yellowlegs.  Conditions here are not as good as other areas but anything can drop in at any time so no area should be

The hotspot for shorebirding continues to be the Dundas Marsh this week.  Yesterday 5 Red-necked Phalaropes were
circling out on the water and there were also 10 Baird’s Sandpipers on the mud flat.  On Wednesday evening a lucky
observer viewed a Buff-breasted Sandpiper which ended up being a one day wonder.  Other birds observed here were Great
Egret (9), Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least,
Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher and Bonaparte’s Gull. The landscape changes daily out here so it
is worth the trek out.

At Grimsby Sewage Lagoons a Least Bittern was observed here last Sunday.  Among shorebirds present were Short-billed
Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Pectoral, Least and Spotted Sandpiper.

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of National Defense has started to drain the north pond and will be removing sediments. 
This work will take up to a couple of months.  Access should be limited to evenings and weekends and for liability
reasons please access from the informal path leading from the Regions shed at the SW corner of the property and stay on
the south or west side of the south pond.  Please do not venture near where there is work being done or piles of
sediment present.  It is important for future use of this property that we comply with the municipality and the DND.

The back of Mountsberg Conservation Area viewed off of Leslie Street, was also productive the week with Pied-billed
Grebe, American Coot, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Spotted , Semipalmated,
Least, Baird's, Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Snipe.

Now onto passerines where activity at the lakeshore properties around the area is starting to pick up.

At Woodland Cemetery last Sunday, Broad-winged Hawk, Osprey, Least, Traill’s and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Eastern
Wood Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Philadelphia, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, Nashville,
Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-and-White, Wilson’s, Magnolia Warbler,
American Redstart, Ovenbird, Bobolink and Purple Finch were seen.

Down at Shoreacres/Paletta this week, Veery, Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo,
Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Black-and-White, Wilson's, Magnolia, Mourning Warbler, Northern Parula, Common
Yellowthroat, American Redstart and Rose-breasted Grosbeak were reported throughout the week.

At Fifty Point Conservation Area , Red-eyed, Warbling and Philadelphia Vireo, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, and
Wilson’s Warbler, Northern Parula, American Redstart and Baltimore Oriole were seen yesterday.  Five Sanderling were
found on the beach.

A couple of significant number sightings this week.  Behind the Halton Region Building on Bronte Road a mass of 500+
Purple Martins were seen on Tuesday.  Along the lakeshore from Bronte Harbour to Sioux Lookout over 350 Eastern
Kingbirds were seen throughout the day on Saturday and from various places in the Hamilton Study Area, larger flocks of
25 – 50 Common Nighthawks have been reported from the Dundas Marsh and over Dundas with smaller numbers being seen at
various spots.

In the odds & sods an Olive-sided Flycatcher made the yard list again at a house in Brantford, a Swainson’s Thrush
made the yard list out in Ancaster, Blue-winged Warblers were seen along the rail trail in Dundas, a Vesper Sparrow was
seen at Courtcliffe Park on Tuesday and five Black Terns were seen at VanWagners Beach on steady east winds yesterday.
North to northeast winds over the next two days could be interesting down here at the beach.

As you can see, there are many places to visit in Hamilton for a variety of birds.  Please report your sightings to the

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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