[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, April 11th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Apr 11 20:43:47 EDT 2008

On Friday April 11th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding report:

Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Vesper Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird

Its been a busy week here in the HSA despite the diverse weather conditions
this week.  A number of migrants have filtered into the area bringing us
hope of more to come.

Let's start with the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch which has been in a
changeover this week from early migrants to later raptors yet to appear such
as Broad-winged Hawk .  This week many Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks,
a few Rough-legged Hawks , Northern Goshawk and a Golden Eagle continue to
filter through but also seen an increase in the number of Osprey, and
Northern Harriers returning.  Other birds reported from here include Common
Loon, Sandhill Crane, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Purple
Martin, an increase in Tree Swallows and Fox Sparrows as regulars at the
feeders . Up in the surrounding area known as Saltfleet, a sweep of the
flooded fields of the area yielded Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's
Snipe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark and Rusty Blackbird.

Another hotspot in the HSA is Rattray Marsh at the end of Bexhill Drive in
Mississauga where a number of similar migrants plus a few extras add spice
to what have been seen in the week.  During the course of the week, Wood
Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe,
Red-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated
Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Winter Wren, and Pine Warbler have
all been reported from this tiny jewel in the midst of an urban jungle.

On the Hamilton Harbour this week, Common Loons, Black-crowned night Herons
and an increasing number of Caspian Terns have returned.  Today, three
species of swallows were seen from Canada Centre for Inland Waters including
Tree, Barn and Rough-winged Swallows.

At Shoreacres/Paletta Park in Burlington this week, Tufted Titmouse
continues to be seen on a regular basis.  Other migrants include Bonaparte's
Gull, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned
and Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Fox Sparrow.  Out on the lake yesterday, a
total of 130 Red-necked Grebes and 8 Horned Grebes were seen offshore.

Our winter guests seem to have disappeared.  There were a few sightings of
Bohemian Waxwings this week. A massive flock of Bohemians were viewed on 6th
line in Milton last Saturday. A Bohemian Waxwing was seen just upriver of
Wilkes Dam on the Grand River on Sunday. Two Bohemians were seen at the
Dundas Marsh in the week. A Bohemian Waxwing was seen in Ancaster on Monday
and a small flock were seen at Sixth Line & Leighland in Oakville today
which is approaching a late date for this species.  Any further sightings of
this species is well worth noting and reporting!

In the odds and sods this week a Pine Warbler was seen and heard at LaSalle
Park on Tuesday.  Out at the Brantford Airport, a Lapland Longspur, several
Eastern Meadowlarks and a singing Vesper Sparrow were highlights.  A
Sandhill Crane was seen at Hwy 97 and Kirkwall Rd.  A Great Egret was seen
at Bronte Marsh last Friday and at Fifty Point Conservation Area on
Saturday. A Pileated Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped
Warblers and an Eastern Towhee were viewed from the Northshore Trails at the
Royal Botanical Gardens.  A Wilson's Snipe was seen at Bronte Creek
Provincial Park. An Eastern Towhee was photographed in a yard in Grimsby and
a Brown Thrasher and Hermit Thrush were new migrants at Sherwood Forest Park
in Burlington on Wednesday.

That's the news this week.  Thanks for your sightings!  This weeks warm
temperatures will bring more goodies into the area, please keep me advised.

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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