[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, March 12th, 2009
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Mar 12 11:38:35 EDT 2009
On Thursday, March 12th, 2009 this is the HNC Birding Report:
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Its been a little quieter this week with wintery weather returning today to
the Hamilton Study Area. Things do however look up as warmer weather this
weekend encourage early migrants to continue to slowly infiltrate the area.
Waterfowl and blackbirds are the first to arrive here. The rains this week
have made the fields in Saltfleet and in Flamborough nice and muddy, an
attraction to waterfowl migrating through. Yesterday a flock of 15 Snow
Geese and 2 Ross's Geese were seen in a flooded corn field near the Rockton
Berry Farm on Hwy 8 , north of Peter's corner in Flamborough. Tundra Swans
were also noted on Orkney Road near Highway 5 and near Seaton Road between
Safari and Highway 8. A flock of 26 flew over Clappison's Corners
yesterday and a flock was also seen at LaSalle Marina. Earlier in the week,
flocks of Tundra Swans were seen at LaSalle and over Dundas.
Up in Salfleet on 8th Road East, 11 American Wigeon, a Wood Duck and a
Northern Pintail were seen in the fields on Tuesday. Many of the fields on
5th road East, 8th Road East and 10th Road East will be prime spots for
migrating ducks, geese and swans. Also in Saltfleet a Snowy Owl still
continues to be seen sporadically in the Mud Street and 6th Road East area.
Along the sides of the road and fields Horned Larks continue to move
The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer has been quiet this week. More
favourable conditions appear to be coming on the weekend. Two Turkey
Vultures were seen over the escarpment battling the winds. Yesterday, a few
Bald Eagles moved through, one Turkey Vulture, several Killdeer and a
probable Tree Swallow, one of our earliest records.
Down at LaSalle Marina, in addition to the Tundra Swans, American Wigeon,
Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebes (in increasing numbers), Green-winged Teal,
Glaucous and a second year Lesser Black-backed Gull were highlights in the
Out at Rattray Marsh in Mississauga at the end of Bexhill Drive, a flock of
Wood Ducks touched down on the lake and an overwintering???? Ruby-crowned
Kinglet was also noted last weekend.
Blackbirds in the form of Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle and
Brown-headed Cowbird have been reported at numerous places and in increasing
numbers this week. Look for Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds sneaking in
Winter finches seem to be travelling north with the mix changing. Common
Redpolls with a Hoary Redpoll in the mix were reported from Saddington Park
in Mississauga this week. Pine Siskin numbers seem to be decreasing
although they are being reported at feeders throughout the HSA. Purple
Finch are still present at the RBG Arboretum and several flocks of
White-winged Crossbills were seen in the week at various places. There was
a notation of a White-winged Crossbill skulking around in the evergreens in
downtown core of Burlington and other reports of single birds in possible
nesting activity. Any further sightings are most appreciated since these
birds could possibly be nesting in this area already.
In the odds and sods, Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Brown Creeper were
spotted at Shoreacres, possibly migrants. A Red-shouldered Hawk was seen
at Spencer Gorge and a Northern Shrike was seen at the orchard on Harvester
That's the news for this week. Keep listening out for those American
Woodcock sure to arrive soon.
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