[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, July 4th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jul 4 07:34:18 EDT 2008

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

Northern Shoveler *
Green-winged Teal *
Ruddy Duck *
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Least Bittern
Bald Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Least Sandpiper *
Wilson's Phalarope *
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Sedge Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Brown Thrasher
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
American Redstart
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole

* slightly out of the HSA

Another quiet week here in the HSA.  Many of the songbirds have quieted down
and it takes a bit more effort to find them.  However some of our local
birders were able to dig up some significant sightings this week.

Down at Bronte Marsh, at least 3 Least Bitterns were seen and photographed
this week in the marsh accessed off Triller Ave in Oakville.  Also found
here this week was a family group of Eastern Screech Owls with 2 adults and
2 babies being found.  The Red-necked Grebes continue to be seen nesting at
Bronte Harbour.

North of here at the back of Bronte Creek Provincial Park in the fields
south of Hwy 5 at Tremaine, a Sedge Wren continues to be seen and heard
signing in the meadow south of the pipeline along the hydro lines that run
south from Hwy 5.  Other birds seen and heard here were Eastern Kingbird,
Willow Flycatcher, a female American Redstart, 30 + Bobolinks, a female
Orchard Oriole, Savannah, Grasshopper and Field Sparrow.

At Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Meadowlark, and Chestnut-sided Warbler were
highlights here this week.

A great place for Grasshopper Sparrow in the HSA is 6th Concession West in
Flamborough at the power lines west of Westover Road. In addition to nesting
Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged and  Golden-winged Warbler,
Indigo Bunting, Eastern Meadowlark, Field and Savannah Sparrow can be found
on the north and south side of Concession 6 at this location.

Slightly out of the Hamilton Study Area but not by much, a trip to Townsend
Sewage Lagoons yielded some southbound Least Sandpipers and nesting Wilson's
Phalaropes.  Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler and Ruddy Ducks were also
seen in the cells.  Conditions are good here and should be watched in the
coming weeks as shorebirds begin their way back.

In the odds and sods, an adult Bald Eagle has been seen on a few occassions
around Cootes Paradise.  Young Great Horned Owls were seen on the McCormack
Trail in Dundas.  A potential site of nesting Sandhill Cranes was found in
the Brantford Area near Deer Run Court this week.

That's the news of the week.  Please keep your reports coming in during
these lean times!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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