[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, May 9th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri May 9 17:00:28 EDT 2008

On Friday, May 9th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding report:


Horned Grebe
American Bittern
Black-crowned Night Heron
Green Heron
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Brewster's Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue-Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Evening Grosbeak

Migration has been in full force this week in the HSA with warblers
dominating the scene.  Twenty six species of warbler have been reported this
week, some record early for the area.

Lets start with the goodies.  Last Sunday, Paletta/Shoreacres Park in
Burlington looked like a spring day in Pelee.  People were everywhere and so
were the birds.  Two WHITE-EYED VIREOS were seen simultaneously in the
cedars on the west side of the park.  The WORM-EATING WARBLER was also seen
in the southeast corner of the park.  It has not been seen since last
Sunday.  Other species seen last Sunday and in the days following include
Black-crowned Night Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Chimney Swift, all species of
regular Swallows, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Blue-winged ,
Golden-winged , Nashville , Northern Parula, Yellow , Chestnut-sided, Cape
May, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped , Black-throated Green, Palm and
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat
and Canada Warbler (second earliest record!), Dark-eyed Junco (late!),
Baltimore Oriole and Indigo Bunting.  The Golden-winged Warbler and
WHITE-EYED VIREO were still present this afternoon.

Down at Shell Park was a similar mix in large numbers with a few variables.
In addition to birds above were American Bittern!, Winter Wren,
Blackburnian, Orange-crowned Warbler, Northern Waterthrush and Rusty
Blackbird. Nearby Shell Park at Creek Path Woods and Sheldon Creek Trail,
Least and Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed, Warbling and Red-eyed
Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Veery, Wood Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Northern
Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped
and Black-throated Green Warbler, White-throated, Swamp and White-crowned
Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Purple Finch.

Last weeks migrant drop was also good for birding along the shore of Lake
Ontario with phenomenal numbers of the above warblers etc. being seen on a
stretch from Canada Centre for Inland Waters to Millen Road.  Clay-colored
Sparrow was observed at the Windermere Basin.  Lincoln's Sparrow was also
found in this stretch.  Bobolinks could be found in the grassy fields
between Green and Millen Road.  Later that evening a pair of American
Bitterns were flushed from the side of the road at Fifty Point.

Shorebird habitat is scarce in Hamilton but the fields in between 8th and
10th Road East in Saltfleet continue to have shorebirds in them.  This week,
Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Upland, Least and Pectoral
Sandpiper and
Wilson's Snipe were seen in this area.  Another area for shorebird habitat
is behind the Rona in Waterdown at Clappison's Corners.  Here this week were
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least and Spotted Sandpiper.  The Grimsby
Sewage Lagoons have been quiet and at Smithville Sewage Lagoons, the water
is extremely high.

The Northshore of Cootes Paradise was busy this week with warblers and more.
Seen here in the week were Green Heron, Bald Eagle, Eastern Kingbird,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Yellow, Cape May,
Black-throated Blue, record numbers of Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green,
Pine, Palm, Bay-breasted (record early) and Black-and-white Warbler.

At the Berry Tract accessed from Patterson Road and the adjoining Cartwright
Sanctuary owned by the Hamilton Naturalists Club a thorough search of these
properties this week yielded Least and Great Crested Flycatcher, House Wren,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Yellow, Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped,
Palm, Blue-Winged, Brewster's (for those who enjoy hybrids!) and Nashville
Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore and Orchard

On a tour of Flamborough in the evening the American Bittern was still heard
calling near the Antrim Glen Housing development on 8th Concession West and
Grasshopper Sparrow was back on territory on Concession 6 west of Westover

Lots to report in the odds and sods.  A Prairie Warbler was seen briefly in
a yard on Beach Blvd in Hamilton yesterday. Hooded and Blue-winged Warblers
are back on territory at Martins Lane in Ancaster.  A Scarlet Tanager was
also seen there today. Another American Bittern was seen standing at the
edge of the reeds at Cherry Hill Gate early in the week.  Two reports of
Red-headed Woodpecker came in, a bird which is scarce in the area, one from
the Halton Forest and another from the Waterdown Escarpment edge May 4th.  A
late Evening Grosbeak made an appearance at a feeder on Cedar Springs Road
and Sideroad no 2 last Sunday.  Sandhill Cranes were seen over Deer Run
Court in Brantford and more were seen over the Appleby Line and Millcroft
Road area in Burlington. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been showing up at
a few feeders this week so get the feeders out there for them!

Good news from the Peregrine Falcon Watch at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton
three chicks have hatched so far.  At the lift bridge a single Peregrine
Falcon was seen this afternoon.  Perhaps the other is on eggs as well.

Its been a busy week with many reports.  Thanks for your sightings and my
apologies for those I have missed.  All of our sightings are important and
are forwarded to the Noteworthy Bird Records for the Hamilton Naturalists
Club so please keep up the reports.

Have a great week!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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