[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalist Club Birding Report - Friday, April 4, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Apr 4 13:02:08 EDT 2008

On Friday, April 4th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:


* denotes new migrants

Snow Goose   *
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Osprey	*
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs	*
Lesser Yellowlegs		*
Wilson's Snipe		*
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull		*
Glaucous Gull
Caspian Tern		*
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker *
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow		*
Tufted Titmouse
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow		*
Fox Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak

Its been a very busy week here in the Hamilton Study Area.  Looking above at
the list we have had a number of migrants return this week with warmer
temperatures and snow and ice FINALLY disappearing here.

Excitement was high this week at the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch On Tuesday
during high winds a BLACK VULTURE cruised past the tower heading west and
then a few minutes later passed by again traveling east.  For the brave who
stood on the tower in these high winds it paid off.  Excitement was not high
however by someone who was just 15 minutes away cruising the roads up there
and then returning home to see this post.  Other raptors passing by Beamer
this week include Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk(in good numbers),
Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, and Merlin.  Other
species seen this week include Sandhill Crane, Bonaparte's Gull,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow and a flyby of Evening
Grosbeaks.  The fields in the area are primed for migrating waterfowl and
shorebirds.  This week as the ice melted flocks of Northern Pintail,
Mallard, and Green-winged Teal were seen in the flooded fields and yesterday
seen from Ridge Road between 8th and 10th Road were 4 Greater Yellowlegs.

The Hamilton Bay was a good place to bird this week.  A watch from the high
level bridge last Tuesday produced a number new migrants and some on their
way out of the area.  Among those seen were Tundra Swans, Northern Pintail,
American Wigeon, Wood Duck, 51 Bonaparte's Gulls, our first Caspian Tern of
the year, 4 more were found the next day on the islands off Eastport Drive,
American Pipit and departing from the area, Pine Grosbeak.  On Wednesday,
the areas first Osprey was seen flying along Northshore Blvd. and over
Carroll's Point. Also seen on the bay this week at various access points
were Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Greater
Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Common Loon, Pied-billed, Horned and Red-necked Grebe and
some lingering Glaucous Gulls.  On the lake side the KING EIDERS were last
reported last weekend seen from both Green Road and Fruitland Road.

Another hotspot this week was at the east end of the Hamilton Study Area at
Rattray Marsh at the end of Bexhill Drive in Mississauga.  This week
Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, American Woodcock, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern
Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglets (many), Song and Fox Sparrows were migrants
seen here.  Two Bohemian Waxwings were seen in a flock of 30 on Bexhill

Winter finches and other wanderers still aren't finished with us.  There
were many reports of Bohemian Waxwings from several areas this week,
Burlington, Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Oakville Harbour often in the
accompaniment of Cedar Waxwings.  Two Evening Grosbeaks were seen again on
Cedar Springs Road near Sideroad 2.  Pine Siskins are being reported
sporadically at feeders.  Common Redpolls are also still being reported
although in fewer numbers.

At Shoreacres/Paletta Park this week two Tufted Titmice were seen yesterday
by the bridge near the lake.  Other migrants include Horned Grebe, Eastern
Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Fox Sparrow.

In the odds and sods this week, another CALIFORNIA GULL was seen and well
photographed at the composting station just west of Waterdown Garden
Supplies on Hwy 5 near Peters Corners.  This appears to be a different
individual from the other one found a few weeks ago.  The first Wilson's
Snipe, a Snow Goose and Chipping Sparrow were reported from the Brantford
area.  Eastern Meadowlark and American Woodcock were seen at Bronte Creek
Provincial Park. An Eastern Towhee visited a feeder on Rock Chapel Road
earlier in the week and a Sandhill Crane passed over this observers head
last Friday in the Guelph Line and New Street area, made my day.

That's the long and windy report for the week, thanks for sending your
sightings along.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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