[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, July 17th, 2009

cheryle29 at cogeco.ca cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jul 17 10:51:07 EDT 2009

On Friday July 17th, 2009 this is the HNC Birding Report


American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Bonaparte’s Gull
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Vesper Sparrow
Orchard Oriole

As I sit and type this report from 3 hours away from the Hamilton Circle, I just received a phone call that a hooded
gull is present at Waterdown Gardens Supply located on Hwy 5 west of Peter’s Corners.  It is most likely the Laughing
Gull which was present a while ago (last time I was away *#%$).  Any further information will be posted but please only
enter the property with the proper safety vest obtained from the office during open hours.

Things continue to be relatively quiet over the last two weeks however shorebird numbers seem to be picking up as
non-breeders or failed breeders return south.

At the Windemere Basin this week shorebirds included Solitary, Spotted, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Lesser
Yellowlegs along with some ducks in the basin including Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye and
AmericanWigeon.  This will be an excellent spot going forward to check for shorebirds. On Britannia Road between 4th and
5th Lines East Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs were present last week.  At the Rockton Berry Farm a small wet area yielded
5 Lesser Yellowlegs earlier in the week.

On the lake this week, two White-winged Scoters were seen off Fifty Road and a couple of adult Bonaparte’s gulls were
present near the lift bridge

There has been another casualty at the lift bridge.  One of the chicks succumbed to illness leaving only one fledgling
in the nest.

Passerine migration has not started up yet however breeders are continuing to be reported in many places.  At the Rona
Ponds in Waterdown, Spotted Sanpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird and Vesper Sparrow were
highlights this week.

On 7th Concession West in Flamborough on the north side of Safari Road just east of Valens, Ruffed Grouse, Black-billed
Cuckoo, Blue-winged Warbler and Eastern Towhee are established breeders here.

At Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle, Least and Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Belted
Kingfisher and Vesper Sparrow were reported.

Further afield, a sanctuary owned by the Hamilton Naturalists Club near Normandale known as Spooky hollow, is a great
place for diversity.  This week Acadian Flycatcher, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Cerulean, Magnolia and Hooded
Warbler, Ovenbird and Common Yellowthroat were seen in this Carolinian Tract of land.

In the odds and sods this week Sandhill Cranes were seen and photographed at Grass Lake in Glen Morris.  Wild Turkeys
were reported in a field near East River Road just before McLean School Road near Brantford.

That’s the news for the week.  Things should be picking up soon.  Anyone seeing the Laughing Gull is asked to tie it
down (kidding).

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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