[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 8th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Feb 8 23:33:55 EST 2008

On Friday, February 8th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Tundra Swan
Pied-billed Grebe
Ruffed Grouse
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Glaucous Gull
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Swamp Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll

A quiet week again here in Hamilton.  A number of new winter birds arrived
this week with these ever changing weather conditions.  This week on
Wednesday an AMERICAN WIGEON was found in the Desjardins Canal.  A
Pied-billed Grebe has overwintered here.  An American Coot and Red-winged
Blackbird were reported in the week.  At LaSalle Park during the week 6
Tundra Swans visited during the week along with 3 American Wigeon.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL remains at the scene on 10th Road East.  At dusk the
Short-eared Owls fly with two being seen this week at this location.

Friday morning 6 Bohemian Waxwings passed through a yard in North Halton.
Last Sunday about 20 Pine Grosbeaks were found at the intersection 15 SR and
4th Line in North Halton. Continuing on the winter wanderers list, large
flocks of Common Redpolls have been reported this week in various places
throughout Halton, Ancaster and Flamborough.  I'm sure that we will continue
to see these large flocks moving around and eventually heading back north.
Snow Buntings are also on the move with a large flock of 500 being seen in
the southern outskirts of the HSA.

The McCormack Trail was still a great place to hike this week with Great
Horned Owl, Cooper's Hawk, Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, Northern Shrike
and Golden Crowned Kinglets being seen.

Out in the Willows Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle (imm), Winter Wren, American
Robin and Eastern Bluebird were noted.

On a tour of Flamborough today, a flock of 16 Horned Larks were seen on
Lynden Road north of Concession 4.  This would be a great spot for Snow
Buntings/Longspurs etc as there is a strip of fresh manure laid in the
field.  Slightly north of this at Lynden and Ainslie Road a Common Raven was
seen and a Ruffed Grouse was nicely viewed behind the Westfield Heritage

In the odds and sods another dark (western) Red-tail was seen near
Caledonia.  Through the same yard in half an hour a Merlin.  A White-crowned
Sparrow was seen on 1st Road West in Hamilton near Green Mountain Road. A
Brown Headed Cowbird was visiting a feeder on Concession 4 West, just west
of Hwy 8. A Swamp Sparrow was seen at the Hendrie Valley along the boardwalk
along with an overwintering Red-winged Blackbird. Glaucous Gulls continue to
be seen on the bay near Canada Centre for Inland Waters.  A number of Bald
Eagles are also present here with 4 being seen today.

That's the news this week.  Keep us updated of your sightings, things will
be moving around again I'm sure.  Have a great week.

Good birding!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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