[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, April 24th, 2009

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Apr 24 08:06:05 EDT 2009

On Friday, April 24th, 2009 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Broad-winged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Wallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Fox Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

Migration continued at a slow pace this week as winds did not favour
movement of birds.  This weekend should see an increase in migratory

Many of the lakeshore properties this week highlighted early migrants.
Places such as Shell Park in Oakville, Shoreacres Park in Burlington and
Fifty Point Conservation Area in Grimsby reported migrants including
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creeper,
Winter Wren, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrush and Fox
Sparrows in good numbers.  At Fifty Point Rusty Blackbird and Purple Finch
were also seen.

One significant migration that has occurred in the past couple of days is
along the lake.  Yesterday hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls were seen in an
area off Coronation Park in Oakville and among them 2 adult LITTLE GULL.
Around the bend at Fifty Road fewer numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls were seen
but other species seen over the past two days included Red-throated and
Common Loon, Red-necked and Horned Grebe, one adult LITTLE GULL among
Bonaparte's Gulls, Common and Forsters Tern and a lingering Glaucous Gull
and Iceland Gull. Common Terns were seen at Hutches on Monday and one was
seen yesterday checking out the nesting colony at Windermere Basin.

Up at the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch this week, things remained slow.
Broad-winged Hawks should arrive in numbers over the next two days.  

In Saltfleet, a search of flooded fields yielded Wilson's Snipe on 5th Road
East, Greater Yellowlegs on 8th Road East and Green-winged Teal, American
Wigeon, an immature Iceland Gull and several Greater Yellowlegs in the
flooded fields seen from Ridge Road between 8th and 10th Road East.  This
week should see the return of the Upland Sandpipers on 10th Road East near
the railway tracks.  Up on 6th Road east south of Green Mountain there have
been reports of the large flock of Lapland Longspurs earlier in the week.
Down at the Grimsby Sewage Lagoons, Virginia Rail and Spotted Sandpiper were
seen yesterday and a Dunlin was present last Saturday.

In Flamborough, the place to look seems to be the Rockton Berry Farm located
on Hwy 8 south of Concession 4 West.  The flooded field here was a stopping
ground for Green-winged Teal, Caspian Tern, Iceland Gull, Wilson's Snipe,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper.  Additions to yard
birds this week in an area near Middletown Road and 5th Concession West were
Wild Turkey, Virginia Rail, Brown Thrasher and Purple Finch.  At Fairchild
Creek on 5th Concession West near Settlers Road, a few Tundra Swans still
haven't made the move north.

Grass Lake in Glen Morris appears to be a potential nesting ground for
Sandhill Cranes again.  Four individuals were seen last Sunday.  An American
Bittern also flew over the marsh.

In north Oakville/Mississauga, along the Brittania Road between the 4th and
5th lines,there is a large flooded field north side of the road that had
Wilson's Snipe, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Northern Pintail.

In the odds and sods, it appears that swallows are returning in numbers
around the area.  No sign of the Bank Swallows at Burloak Park yet but good
numbers of Tree, Barn and Rough-winged Swallows have now arrived.  A single
Cliff Swallow was seen in a group of Barn Swallows from Canada Centre for
Inland Waters.  A Virginia Rail was present at the Dundas Hydro Ponds.  Pine
Warblers have returned to LaSalle Park and another heard in Dundas last
evening.  At Caistor Center a search of a farmland woodlot produced many
Wilson's Snipe winnowing, American Woodcock and a Rough-legged Hawk perhaps
making its way north.  A Pileated Woodpecker made a guest appearance at a
property near Rock Chapel.

Look for a big change in the picture this week.  Please report your
sightings as we finally get a string of decent days with warm temperatures
and winds in the right direction.

Good Birding!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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