[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 10th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Oct 10 17:35:34 EDT 2008

On Friday, October 10th, 2008 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Pintail X Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Black-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Tree Swallow
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Pine Siskin

With the OFO Convention last weekend, 270 + pairs of eyes scoured the
Hamilton Study area for migrants.  Unfortunately, the day before there were
birds everywhere.  They must have known the crowds were coming however, some
good birds turned up during the convention and into the week.

At Woodland Cemetery a large group was on hand and birds seen here during
the morning trip included and adult Bald Eagle, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireo, Tree Swallow, House, Carolina and Winter
Wren, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing,
Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped
(WAY WAY TOO MANY!), Black-throated Green, Pine, Palm , Blackpoll Warbler,
American Redstart, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow and a small
group of Pine Siskins. In the afternoon a small hawk flight occurred but a
highlight was a Wilson's Snipe flyover.

Continuing on the morning walk into the Hendrie Valley, Wood Duck,
Black-crowned Night Heron, Lesser Yellowlegs and a great scope view of a
Pileated Woodpecker were the highlights.

For those who brave the Dundas Marsh, fairly decent looks have been reported
all week of NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW.  These were seen today by walking
the west side of the creek past the old bridge and just into the manna
grass, a little easier trudge than out to the marsh.  Other birds seen on
the hikes out there this week include American Wigeon, American Black Duck,
Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck,
Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Great Blue Heron, Great
Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Black-bellied and American Golden Plover,
Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated,
Least, White-rumped, Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper and Dunlin, Bonapartes and
Great Black-backed Gull, Marsh Wren, Hermit Thrush, more Yellow-rumps,
Swamp, Song and many White-throated Sparrows. One of the highlights was a
Forster's Tern last Sunday.

Van Wagners beach was quiet without those east winds last weekend however on
the weekend and in the days following 2 Short-eared Owls could be viewed
flying endlessly over the lake. Unfortunately only seen briefly last Friday
on a flyby, an AMERICAN AVOCET flew over and down the beach, not to be
caught up with on the weekend.  Other birds seen on the lake include a
variety of waterfowl coming in to spend the winter months here, American
Wigeon, American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Greater
Scaup, Surf Scoter and White-winged Scoter.  Behind the Van Wagners ponds
Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrush were seen yesterday.  A bird of interest at
Windermere Basin last weekend was a cross Pintail x Mallard picked up by a
keen observer.  Short-eared Owls were also viewed at Windermere Basin.

Along the lakeshore properties this week, things have settled down
significantly.  At Paletta/Shoreacres in Burlington, Red-necked Grebe,
Eastern Wood Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit
Thrush, Winter Wrens (many!), Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Black-throated Blue and Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Redstart and a
variety of sparrows were the highlights.

A similar mix occurred at Shell Park this week with numerous Golden and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, House and Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Black-throated
Blue Warbler, American Redstart and Eastern Towhee.  A nice surprise was a
Black-billed Cuckoo flyby on the Sheldon Creek Trail last weekend, fairly
late for this species.

A neat place to visit this week was the Rona Ponds located behind the Rona
in Waterdown just east of Clappison's Corners.  Here this week was a good
place to study and flush sparrows.  In addition to large numbers of Song,
Swamp, Savannah, Lincolns, White-crowned, White-throated and Field Sparrows,
House Wren, Orange-crowned and Palm Warbler were also seen here.

In the odds and sods, Sora can still be found with increasing difficulty at
Kerncliffe Park.  A Long-billed Dowitcher was still present up in Saltfleet
on Green Mountain Road just west of 8th Road West.  A late Scarlet Tanager
was seen behind the Dundas Arena. Eastern Bluebirds and a Great Horned Owl
calling were reported from Deer Run Court in Brantford.

That's the news for this week.  Use the extra time and great weather to go
out and find a great rarity.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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