[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, September 7th, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Sep 7 15:41:57 EDT 2007

On Friday, September 7th, 2007, this is the HNC Birding Report:


American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Tern
Eastern Screech-Owl
Common Nighthawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Swainson's Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

One of the best times to bird in the Hamilton Study Area is in the fall when
the east or northeast winds are blowing down at VanWagners Beach.  One of
the most frustrating times to bird in the Hamilton Study Area in the fall is
during the same conditions down at VanWagners beach.  Unfortunately, it
takes a great deal of patience and sometimes you are faced with micro
birding as you try to pick up these specialties with your scope and/or bins.
However, there are those times when rewards come and this week we had a few
days of east winds and the birds came.  Starting last Friday, a number of
LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen throughout the week, the first being seen with
full tail streamers, what a treat.  Over the week these birds were joined by
PARASITIC JAEGER and SABINE'S GULL.  Although there is still a long season
left, this was a great start to the lakewatch at Van Wagner's beach.  Most
birds were viewed from the Lakeland Tower on Van Wagner's Beach Road.  Other
birds seen here in the week included American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal,
Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalarope,
Bonaparte's Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian, Common, Forster's and
Black Tern.  I personally have found that later in the day is better to give
these birds a chance to blow in but you can never tell and like all birding,
sometimes its a matter of luck.

The Dundas Marsh continues to provide great variety in shorebirding.  This
week a juvenile Red Knot was seen daily (up until yesterday when I played
hookey).  Other shorebirds seen out here today were Black-bellied, American
Golden and Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated, Least, White-rumped, Baird's, Pectoral,
Stilt and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher and Red-necked
Phalarope (earlier in the week, up to 6).  Unfortunately with the high winds
today viewing is difficult and the walk out dangerous.  The other issue here
is a Merlin and Peregrine Falcon who have discovered this place as a great
take-out restaurant.  Yesterday, an adult Peregrine swooped in and gave
chase to a Lesser Yellowlegs.  It took an hour for the birds to slowly
return to the mudflat, an hour I didn't bargain for.  Great Blue Heron,
Great Egret, Caspian, Common, Forsters and Black Tern have all been reported
in the week. This is also a good spot for other migrating hawks as
Broad-winged, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Osprey are all moving
through at this time.  On the walk out, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern
Waterthrush and Pine Warbler were reported early in the week.

Another place reported from this week for shorebirding was Rattray Marsh in
Mississauga.  Seen here in the week were Semipalmated Plover, Stilt,
Pectoral, Least, Semi-palmated, Spotted, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and
Short-billed Dowitcher.

The Valley Inn also provides habitat for shorebirds with some of them at
good photographic distance.  Seen here in the week were Stilt and Solitary
Sandpiper and Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs.

Passerine migration continues although we need a good north wind again to
get things going.  Last Friday, birding was productive at Shell Park where
many birds were seen scolding a gray phase Eastern Screech Owl in the woods
behind the garden allotments.  Other birds seen here include, Scarlet
Tanagers, Mourning, Canada, Wilson's, Magnolia, Black and White, Blackpoll
and Chestnut-sided warbler, American Redstart and Common Yellowthroat. Three
Vireos were seen, many Red-Eyed(most common bird), Warbling and
Philadelphia.  Thrushes included Swainson's and Veery.

The same mix was present at Shoreacres/Paletta Park in Burlington with Least
and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Tennessee and Nashville Warbler, Northern
Parula, Northern Waterthrush and Rose-breasted Grosbeak additions to the

On another rarity note the EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE still hangs on at the
intersection of Fifty Road and Ridge Road.

Lots of odds and sods to report.  A Bald Eagle was seen from University
Plaza flying over Dundas last Saturday.  Olive-sided Flycatcher and a
juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker were on the week list for an observer near
Paris.  Common Nighthawks continue to be seen passing through over various
parts of Hamilton and Dundas.  A Wilson's Snipe was seen in the storm ponds
on the North Service Road west of Guelph Line today.  Two Great Egrets were
seen today from the GO Train on the Credit River.

That's the news of the week.  Winds are forecast for east on Sunday so if
you have patience and time, come out to the beach and make a stand. Report
your sightings!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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