[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, June 27th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jun 27 22:32:40 EDT 2008

On Friday, June 27th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:

Trumpeter Swan
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Forster's Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Marsh Wren
Wood Thrush
Pine Warbler
Scarlet Tanager

A very short list of birds this week to report here in the Hamilton Study
Area.  The lull of summer has set in for now, no complaints from the

One of the locations reported from this week was LaSalle Marina.  Here on
Monday, summering Common Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, a surprising number of
Trumpeter Swans (18), a 2nd summer Forster's Tern, Carolina Wren and Pine
Warbler were reported. Also on the bay this week a Common Loon and an Osprey
were viewed from the Canada Centre for Inland Waters.

Two Least Bitterns appear to have set up shop in the Bronte Marsh and can be
heard regularly calling in the evening.  A Merlin has also been frequenting
the area, an interesting sighting at this time of year.  The Red-necked
Grebes are still on nest in the Bronte Harbour and a Common Loon was also
seen flying over the harbour this week.  Nearby at Burloak Park on the
Oakville/Burlington border, another pair of Red-necked Grebes are on nest.

There are lots of odds and sods this week.  On the escarpment near Rock
Chapel and Borer's Falls a family of Wild Turkey with 4 chicks, young Wood
Thrush and Scarlet Tanagers, a Great Horned Owl and Black-billed Cuckoo were
seen.  At the Hendrie Valley, a family of Tufted Titmice appears to have had
nesting success. A Marsh Wren was heard today at the ponds behind Rona in
Waterdown.  An adult Bald Eagle was seen over Cootes Paradise earlier in the
week.  A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was viewed briefly on 8th Concession West in
Flamborough. A Common Nighthawk was seen over Ivor Wynne Stadium last night
and a Dunlin was seen at the storm water ponds on Upper Middle Road between
Appleby and Burloak on Tuesday.

It may be refreshing for some to have this report so short this week but
keep in mind, shorebirds will be cropping up in the next week on their
return south and strong cold fronts have the potential to bring in some good
loot so keep reporting your sightings!

Good Birding!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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