[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 1st, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 1 09:35:12 EDT 2008

On Friday August 1st, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Least Bittern
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope *
Great Horned Owl
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
American Redstart
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

*indicates outside of the Hamilton Study Area

Another week of shorebirds on the move here in Hamilton.  With excess rain
in the area many of our fields down to the south and up in Saltfleet are
flooded which is unusual for this time of year.  Still borrowing sightings
from an area just outside the Hamilton Study Area boundaries, Townsend
Sewage lagoons has proved again productive this week.  Last Sunday, an
apparent LITTLE STINT was found in the evening.  The bird was seen by three
observers several times skirting the vegetation of the southeast cell.
Unfortunately the bird was not refound the next day after a full day search.
Other birds found here this week though were Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Solitary, Spotted, Semipalmated, Least and Stilt Sandpiper,
Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope (seen yesterday) Water remains high in the
cells and many of the shorebirds are scurrying through the vegetation so
patience is necessary but persistence pays off.

Returning to the Hamilton Area, other spots for shorebirds this week include
wet fields SE of Hagersville, on King St. E (or Indiana rd. E, just outside
of town on the N side of the road) Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers
were present in the mowed wet hayfield.  On RR 9 another field of Lesser
Yellowlegs and an Upland Sandpiper standing on the hydro wires was a neat
surprise here.  Another Upland Sandpiper was heard going over a Dundas
residence on migration Monday night.

Waterdown Garden Supplies on Hwy 5 just west of Peters Corners.  Here Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semi-palmated, Least, Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers were seen
earlier in the week.

This morning at Burloak Storm water Ponds on Upper Middle Road, Solitary
Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs were seen.

At the Windermere Basin sightings Monday included Green-winged Teal, Lesser
Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Semipalmated

Passerine migrants have been few this week but last Sunday morning a RED
CROSSBILL was heard calling over the Pleasant Valley area in Dundas.  The
eruption of both species of Crossbills continue throughout the province and
more birds could be found in coming weeks moving through the area.

In the Hyde Tract located on Safari Road just east of Kirkwall Road,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-winged, Yellow-rumped and Pine Warbler,
Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting were seen in the week.

In the odds and sods this week an American Woodcock was spotted flying over
Conc 5 W of Brock Rd.  Another American Woodcock and American Redstart were
seen in the Waterdown Wetlands.  It appears that Least Bitterns have stayed
in the Bronte Marsh with an individual being seen last weekend.  Pine
Warblers have also bred in the Bronte Woods.  Sandhill Cranes continue to be
present near Deer Run Court just north of Brantford. A Great Horned Owl was
also heard calling here in the week.  An Osprey was seen last Sunday on the
rail trail near Glen Morris.

That's the news for this week.  Have a great long weekend!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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