[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, September 5th, 2008

cheryle29 at cogeco.ca cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Sep 5 22:43:18 EDT 2008

On Friday, September 5th, 2008 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Virginia Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Traill’s Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Canada Warbler
Baltimore Oriole

The west end of Lake Ontario was fruitful for some birding in Hamilton this week.  Winds yesterday were right to bring
in both PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS along with a smattering of Sanderling along the beach.

At the back of VanWagners Ponds earlier in the week and today, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Tennessee,
Wilson’s, Magnolia Warbler and American Redstart were seen.

Further east between Green Road and Millen Road in an open area south of the QEW, a WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported last
Monday morning but a further search in the afternoon did not turn it up.  Further east still at Fifty Point Conservation
Area last weekend a number of passerine migrants were about including Least Flycatcher, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo,
Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue and Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Common
Yellowthroat, Wilson’s and Canada Warbler and a number of Baltimore Orioles.

For shorebirds a single Red-necked Phalarope was seen dabbling in Windermere Basin on Tuesday and traveling up from here
to Saltfleet a flooded field on 5th Road East between Powerline and Green Mountain Road, this field is still good for
shorebirds with Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral and Least Sandpiper and 19 Wilson’s Snipe.  These birds pose some
challenge as they are wandering about in the soybean crop.  Another good area to watch is the storm water pond on Upper
Middle between Burloak and Appleby Line in Burlington where Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Least and Semipalmated
Sandpiper were seen in the week.

Olive-sided Flycatchers have moved through this week in more numbers than previously seen here in Hamilton.  Two birds
were seen on Twiss Road just above Derry Road last Saturday.  A single bird was seen at Shoreacres on Tuesday and on
Wednesday, four Olive-sided Flycatchers were seen and photographed at the Valley Inn.  Other birds seen here include
Wood Duck, Black-crowned Night Heron, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo, Trail's and Least Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee,
American Redstart, Black and White, Canada, Blackpoll, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided and Wilson's Warbler, Ovenbird, Red-eyed
Vireo, Trail's and Least Flycatcher and Eastern Wood Pewee.

The lakeshore properties of Shoreacres and Shell Park have been very quiet otherwise this week with Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds and a smattering of the above mentioned Warblers including a Louisiana Waterthrush. At Shoreacres a number
of Red-necked Grebes are gathering on the lake, a dozen Green-winged Teal were flying around today and a couple of
Spotted Sandpipers have taken a break from migration here.

At Bronte Marsh the Least Bitterns were seen last weekend.  Sora and Virginia Rail were also heard here too.

In the odds and sods, Common Nighthawks continue to make their way through the area with one flying over Ivor Wynne
during the Labour Day Classic last weekend.   A Great Horned Owl was heard at Deer Run Court near Brantford.  A Great
Egret was seen at Wilkes Dam near Brantford and more Common Nighthawks passed over the city last Saturday.  A Bald Eagle
was seen flying over the fields near Alberton.  Another Great Egret was reported at the Great Lakes Pond on Wednesday.

That’s the news for this week.  Things are bound to get busy again with another cold front and who knows what the
remnants of Gustav may have for us.  Please report your sightings!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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