[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, September 12th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Sep 12 16:57:14 EDT 2008

On Friday September 12th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Green Heron
Broad-winged Hawk
Sandhill Crane
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Traill's Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Horned Lark
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Paula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Its hard to know where to start in such a busy birding week in the Hamilton
Study Area. Many of the best places to bird in Hamilton have produced
excellent birds this week.

East winds blessed us for two days this week down at Van Wagners Beach.
Although moderate, they were good for bringing in the traditional rarities
highlight on Wednesday was an adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER spotted just after
5:00 p.m. with very long tail streamers and a fierce appetite for gulls.
This bird gave a show for about an hour, flying around, chasing gulls till
they coughed up what it needed and then sitting on the water for periods at
a time within view.  A couple of PARASITIC JAEGERS were also seen on
Wednesday as well as a distant Sabine's Gull but on Thursday, faithful
watchers had the chance to see a close flyby of 2 SABINE'S GULLS and 2
PARASITIC JAEGERS.  Other birds seen at the beach included Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Osprey, Sanderling and Red-necked Phalarope.

Nearby at Tollgate Ponds along Eastport Drive, a smattering of shorebirds
lined the large pond seen at a distance on Monday.  Birds included
Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone Red Knot, Spotted, Least, Semipalmated
and Baird's Sandpiper and American Golden Plover.  On the north island off
Eastport this morning, Semipalmated Plover, a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone,
Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpiper were seen.

South on Hwy 6 the Hamilton sod farm on Airport Road east of Hwy 6 produced
36 American Golden Plover and 1 lone Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 100+
Killdeer and Horned Larks on Tuesday.  Hopefully there are more to come as
they were only there a brief time.

The lakeshore lots have been busy this week too with Shell Park in Oakville
being the hotspot for migrating songbirds this week.  In the week,
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Traill's and Least
Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Warbling
Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush,
Gray Catbird, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler, Northern Paula,
Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped,
Black-throated Green, Northern Waterthrush Blackburnian Warbler,
Bay-breasted, Blackpoll and Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstart,
Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's and Canada Warbler and Rose-breasted
Grosbeak were all seen here.  Down the road west of here Shoreacres in
Burlington was not as productive this week with just a smattering of the
above seen here in the week.

Another good spot although extremely frustrating last Sunday was Woodland
cemetery.  A large group of Warblers, vireos and flycatchers were buzzing
around from tree to tree at a rapid pace.  As soon as a few were identified,
they would shoot into another tree.  Finally they somewhat settled in when
the rain started.  The highlight here was a Yellow-throated Vireo but many
of the same warblers above were seen as well.

Down at the Valley Inn, birds have also been here this week.  Yesterday
evening a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was photographed.  Other birds seen
here in the week include Tufted Titmouse, Brown Thrasher, Red-eyed Vireo,
Black and White Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, American
Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson's Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Overhead a small Broad-winged Hawk movement was occurring last Wednesday.

In the odds and sods, many yards have been reporting migrating warblers
passing through in Brantford and Burlington in particular, good for building
yard lists!  Sandhill Cranes were seen on 20th Sideroad in North Halton.
Common Nighthawks are still being seen on migration with another being seen
over Ivor Wynne Stadium last Saturday and passing through south Burlington
on Tuesday.  A Green Heron was seen in the storm water pond on Great Lakes
Blvd just up from Lakeshore Road.

That's the news for the week.  You never know what these strong weather
systems this weekend will bring in and ground so keep a look out for those
rarities.  Have a great week.

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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