[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 24th, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Oct 25 00:06:52 EDT 2008

On Friday, October 24th, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:


American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Common Raven
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Snow Bunting
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

A few new birds in the area this week signify a changeover of migrants in
the HSA with the arrival of winterish birds here and some birds who just
don't know to move on!

This weeks highlights include a very co-operative BRANT, seen on the grass
at Spencer Smith Park, Wednesday afternoon and remaining until today.  Off
Sayer's Park in Stoney Creek our first of fall HARLEQUIN DUCK (female) was
seen in a raft of ducks that have come in over the past week along with
Horned Grebes.  Also in Stoney Creek a record late YELLOW WARBLER made a
great find as a yard bird on Thursday.

East winds this week did not produce the expected Hamilton specialties
however those who stood vigil at the Lakeland Centre at the beach on
Wednesday and Thursday reported Greater Scaup, Surf, White-winged and Black
Scoter, Long-tailed Duck (in huge numbers!), Bufflehead, Common and
Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated and Common Loon. On Wednesday, three
Snow Buntings flew down the beach.  East of here at Fifty Point Conservation
Area a very late CASPIAN TERN and a Bonaparte's Gull were seen this week.

At the Dundas Marsh this week, two Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows were seen
on the west side of the creek.  Out on the east side in the Willows a
Wilson's Snipe was flushed from the trail and Black-bellied Plover and
Killdeer were on the mudflats at the end of the trail.

Today in the Cartwright Sanctuary (owned by the HNC) and the adjacent Berry
Tract (owned by the RBG) a walk around these properties yielded Red-bellied
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hermit
Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, and
two female Purple Finch.

At the Valley Inn, American Wigeon, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bald Eagle,
Merlin, Pileated and Red Bellied Woodpecker, Nashville Warbler and Fox
Sparrow were highlights reported this week.

Up in Flamborough at the Hyde Tract located on Safari Road just west of
Kirkwall, Pileated Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow and Pine Siskins
were reported this week.  This will be a great property to visit for
possible Boreal Chickadee vagrants.

At Shoreacres this week, Red-necked Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Golden
and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Purple Finch were birds reported here in the

In the odds and sods this week, American Tree Sparrows have been popping up
in the Brantford area and behind the Olympic Arena in Dundas.  An Eastern
Phoebe was also seen there.  Pine Siskins seem to be popping up in a few
feeders in Dundas and out in Flamborough and a Common Raven cruised over
Ancaster last weekend.

That's the news this week.  Our Fall Bird Count is next weekend.  Please
report your sightings so that we can hunt these down on November 2nd!

Good Saugy Birding this weekend!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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