[Ontbirds]OFO Annual Convention at Hamilton (4 and 5 October 2008)

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Wed Oct 8 08:56:15 EDT 2008


A record high 270 registered participants enjoyed another
great annual Ontario Field Ornithologists' convention at Hamilton
on the weekend. As always, local birders organized and led some
rewarding field trips on Saturday and Sunday. Conditions were not
right for jaegers and rare gulls at Van Wagners Beach, but numerous
interesting sightings occurred during the weekend at the many
good birding spots visited by the field trips.

The total species reported now stands at 145. This is close to the
150 species to be expected at this time, in the locations visited,
according to local experts. Observations included 20 duck species,
and a noteworthy apparent male Northern Pintail x Mallard hybrid
at Windermere Basin. There were 16 shorebird species, including
Long-billed Dowitcher. A Short-eared Owl flying off Van Wagners
for a lengthy period was enjoyed by many. Seventeen warbler species
were observed. Many convention participants got to see Nelson's
Sharp-tailed Sparrows well, one of Hamilton's special birding
opportunities.

Thanks again to all the field trip leaders, and trip coordinator
Cheryl Edgecombe, for a great job. And thanks also to the OFO
Board Members and others who worked so hard to make this a
memorable weekend for everybody.

Mark your calendar now for next year's OFO convention:
3 and 4 October 2009 at Point Pelee. Hope to see you there!

Ron Tozer
Dwight, Ontario
(OFO Convention MC and List Compiler)



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