[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 8th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 8 22:19:35 EDT 2008

On Friday, August 8th, 2008 this is the HNC Birding Report:

Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Great Egret
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Easter Screech Owl
Chimney Swift
Pileated Woodpecker
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Scarlet Tanager

Not too much change this week in birds around the Hamilton Study Area.
Constant rain has hampered some movement but the start of northwest winds
has prompted a few odd birds to come to the area.  Yesterday, during a rain
storm, observers at the lift bridge who were watching the resident Peregrine
Falcons, saw a large white bird, an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN do a flyover and
continue on to the bay.  The bird settled in on the islands off Eastport
Drive for the evening.  Today at about 5:30 p.m. the bird was spotted in a
flock of Double-crested Cormorants from Bayshore Park a small parkette
located on Northshore Blvd between the Burlington Golf Club and LaSalle Park
for about half an hour.  Another great sighting today was a flock of 25
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS two kilometers north of #5 Campbellville SR on the
west side of Sixth Line in rural Milton.

For shorebirding, at Townsend Sewage Lagoons which is slightly out of the
Hamilton Study Area, observers on the weekend reported Lesser Yellowlegs,
Semipalmated Plover, Least, Semipalmated, Pectoral, Spotted and Solitary
Sandpiper and Sora.

At the Windermere Basin, a worn juvenile Wilson's Phalarope was seen
yesterday.  Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Lesser Yellowlegs and Semipalmated
Sandpiper were other birds seen here.  Five species of swallow were seen
cruising over the basin today along with a Chimney Swift flying at extremely
low levels.  Increasing numbers of gathering swallows are being seen at
various spots around the HSA.

In the odds and sods, the yard bird of the week was a flock of 9 Sandhill
Cranes over the White Pines and Lakeshore area of Burlington.  An Eastern
Screech Owl was heard doing begging calls in the Pleasant Valley area of
Dundas. At Woodland Cemetery last weekend, Osprey, American Redstart and
Scarlet Tanager were seen.  Two Pileated Woodpeckers were seen off the
escarpment at Rock Chapel.  Two Northern Waterthrush were seen at
Paletta/Shoreacres Park in Burlington, early migrants starting to move.  A
banded Great Egret was seen at the stormwater ponds at Upper Middle Road
between Burloak and Appleby Line.  This particular egret was banded on
Nottawasaga Island in Georgian Bay and has been seen in the Oakville area as

That's the news for the week.  Look for those classic east winds to start
and bring goodies to VanWagners beach.  Jaeger season will start shortly.

Have a great week
Good Birding
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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