[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Aug 27 21:36:26 EDT 2009

On Thursday, August 27th, 2009 this is the HNC Birding Report:


American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Loon
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Black Tern
Common Tern
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole

What a difference a week and some north winds make.  It's been a busy one in
the Hamilton Study Area.  The most exciting bird of the week was a
LONG-BILLED CURLEW spotted flying along the beach strip in front of Lakeland
Community Centre at Van Wagner's Beach last Sunday.  The bird was seen
flying east over the centre about 20 m above the head and continued flying
down the beach landing on the beach at Confederation Park.  Here, the bird
was viewed taking a drink of water and then being put up again by a Herring
Gull and flying further east down the beach.  The bird was not relocated
despite a desperate search by birders.  This is only the second documented
sighting for Ontario.

Another highlight this week along the same end of the lake was the start of
Jaeger season in Hamilton.  Today an immature LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen
mid morning at a fairly close distance inside the wave tower.  A few more
jaegers were seen with the probable sighting of a second adult bird later in
the morning.  Other birds seen here today and Sunday include, Long-tailed
Duck, White-winged Scoter, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, American
Wigeon, Common Loon, Bonaparte's Gull, Black and Common Tern.

Shorebird habitat is little here in the Hamilton Study Area.  At present,
the best areas seem to be on the sod farms in the south end of the area
where wet fields and sod are plentiful.  No Buff-breasted Sandpipers in this
area yet but a search of sod field around the Haldibrook and Highway 6 area
yielded Semipalmated Plover, oodles of Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper,
Short-billed Dowitcher and Wilson's Snipe.  A surprise visitor to a
yard/field at Blackheath and Haldibrook Road was a HUDSONIAN GODWIT which
made a temporary stop for about 1/2 hour on Tuesday.  Other shorebirds seen
in the wet area here included Pectoral Sandpiper and Wilson's Snipe.

Another emerging spot for shorebirds is North Island off Eastport Drive
where dropping water levels on the bay made a small mud flat for
Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Passerine migration has picked up again with the influx of warblers into
some areas in Hamilton.  At Woodland Cemetery last Sunday, Philadelphia
Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Yellow, Black-throated Green,
Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Wilson's and Canada Warbler were highlights.
A small flock of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs flew over as well.

On the Northshore Trails at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Olive-sided
Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied and Great Crested Flycatcher,
Eastern Kingbird, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo, Marsh Wren , Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided,
Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian,
Black-and-white and Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak and Baltimore Oriole (35!) were seen on Monday.  Great Egrets and
Osprey were seen on the marsh.  A small hawk flight of Red-tailed and
Broad-winged Hawks, Turkey Vultures and Northern Harrier were also seen.

Reports from Rock Chapel this week include Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Ovenbird, Black and White, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Nashville
Warbler and American Redstart.  At another location in Flamborough at Safari
Road east of Valens Road a good variety of species were seen including,
Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Magnolia, Canada, Wilsons, Hooded and Magnolia
Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird and Common Yellowthroat.

A neat phenomenon this week was the migration of Bobolink in Flamborough.
Last Monday over 200 Bobolinks were seen flying over a yard in Flamborough
in the evening.

At Twiss Road Swamp, a traditionally good spot for Olive-sided Flycatcher,
these birds were seen here this week along with Green Heron, Red-shouldered
Hawk, Common Nighthawk, Ovenbird, Nashville, Magnolia, and Mourning Warbler.

In the odds and sods this week the woodlots at Fifty Point Conservation Area
produced Northern Waterthrush, Magnolia Warbler and American Redstart.
Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen at Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle. 

East winds tomorrow could be prosperous down at the beach.  Come and check
it out!  Keep me advised of sightings.  Anything could turn up!

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
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