[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 12, 2007

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Oct 12 06:31:05 EDT 2007

On Friday, October 12th, 2007, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Snow Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Peregrine Flacon
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Semi-palmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Parasitic Jaeger
Bonaparte's Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Common Tern
Eastern Screech Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Phoebe
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

A change in the weather has pushed migrants and some rarities out of the
area as the temperature cools down and the winds have a strong northerly
component.  It has been a busy week nonetheless.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was last seen from the Northshore trails and over
Woodland Cemetery last weekend.  Among other birds seen along the northshore
were Great Egret, a variety of ducks species, Dunlin, Barn Swallow and a
variety of Sparrows which seem to have come in this week in full force
including Chipping, Field, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch.

Out in the Dundas Marsh this week, two FRANKLIN'S GULLS were last seen on
Tuesday.  Many observers have been out this week and have had good luck
finding more Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows along the edge of Paradise Pond,
the large dried up pond found on the way out.  Other birds reported from
Dundas Marsh in the week were Snow Goose, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret,
Sora, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Eastern Phoebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Winter and Marsh Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Rusty Blackbird and a variety
of sparrows including White-throated, Swamp and Song Sparrow in great

Behind the Dundas Arena, the Red Bishop seems to have disappeared perhaps
moving somewhere else or succumbing to predation.  This location also great
for sparrows had a variety including White-throated, White-crowned, Song,
Swamp and Lincoln's Sparrow and an Eastern Meadowlark.  A Northern Harrier
was also seen moving through last weekend.

Woodland Cemetery was good on Thursday for our first hawk migration in a
while.  Highlights included hundreds of Turkey Vultures and Red-shouldered
Hawks moving through.  Passerines seen here in the week include Ruby-crowned
and Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Palm
and Blackpoll Warblers.  Down at nearby Valley Inn the mudflats are still
producing some shorebirds.  This week Least and Stilt Sandpiper, Greater and
Lesser Yellowlegs and a late Spotted Sandpiper.  An Osprey was also seen in
the area.

East winds were blowing again last weekend and some of the hardy went out to
brave the wind and rain.  Highlights include Common Loon, Black-legged
Kittiwake, Parasitic Jaeger, Peregrine Falcon, Common Tern, Bonaparte's
Gull, a variety of waterfowl flying around including our first Long-tailed
Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers reported.  Behind Van Wagners Ponds, a
flyby Peregrine Falcon, both Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope, American
Pipit, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Green and Pine Warbler, Swamp and
Lincoln's Sparrow were highlights for the OFO trip on the Thanksgiving

Over at the nearby Windermere Basin, ducks are starting to fill in the basin
along with Horned Grebe.  Shorebirds seen over here this week include
Semi-palmated Plover, Killdeer, Least, Solitary, Baird's and Pectoral
Sandpiper, Dunlin, Wilson's Snipe and Long-billed Dowitcher.

A place not reported from in a while, Mountsberg C.A. was very productive
with a variety of species this week.  Pied-billed Grebe, many American Coot,
adult Bald Eagle, Merlin, Osprey, Black-bellied Plover, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper and Dunlin were highlights here last weekend.

Up at Kerncliffe Park in Burlington this week, a Peregrine Falcon was seen
migrating. Other birds seen here were Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit and
Gray-cheeked Thrush, Black-and-White Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Field,
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrow.

As geese start to move through in great numbers, other geese are sometimes
mixed in the group.  This week three Snow Geese were seen yesterday on the
west end of Bronte Harbour and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the
west end of Christie Conservation Area last Friday.  Keep an eye out for
Brant which should be coming soon!

In the odds and sods, a Peregrine Falcon has been seen in the Cootes and
Olympic Drive area a couple of times this week. A Nashville Warbler was seen
in a yard in Dundas yesterday. A Black-throated Blue Warbler made a brief
and unusual visit to a feeder in Hamilton and an Eastern Screech Owl seems
to be a reliable visitor in my yard in south Burlington.

That's the news this week, please report your sightings as we are moving
into another phase of migration and anything could turn up at any time.

Have a great week!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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