[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, September 11th, 2009

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Sep 11 17:16:52 EDT 2009

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
American White Pelican
Great Egret
Green Heron
Peregrine Falcon
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Marsh Wren
Common Raven
Gray Catbird
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Wilson's Warbler 
Canada Warbler

If I didn't put Hamilton in the title of this report you would think that
this a bird report from the east coast this week.  What a week it has been
with east winds and plenty of specialties.  The long weekend proved to be a
banner weekend for bringing in birds and birders to VanWagner's Beach and
the week continued with gripping looks at BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and
SABINE'S GULLS that you didn't actually have to squint to see.  At least one
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen along the beach today and SABINE'S GULLS
were seen up until yesterday. Jaegers were plenty last weekend with at least
35 sightings of Jaegers last weekend including an adult POMARINE JAEGER, an
early treat for people on the beach watch.  Our local pelagic zodiac had the
unique experience of a Sub-adult POMARINE JAEGER dive-bombing the boat for
about 45 minutes last Monday. PARASITIC JAEGERS were here in numbers and at
one point 5  and later another group of 8 of them were seen together coming
up the lake and over land.  Other birds seen on the lake during this frenzy
were Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Surf
Scoter, Common Loon, American Golden Plover (from the zodiac), Peregrine
Falcon, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalaropes for the lucky, Bonaparte's and
Great Black-backed Gull and Common Tern.

Nearby at North Island viewed off Eastport Drive in Burlington an adult Red
Knot appeared on Tuesday and is still present today. Other birds on the mud
in front of this island included Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper
and Ruddy Turnstone. 

Another hotspot this week was a large flooded field on Britannia Road
between 4th and 5th Line in Oakville.  This field just recently drained was
a great place for finding migrant shorebirds including Semipalmated Plover
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted, Solitary, Semipalmated,
White-rumped, Baird's, Pectoral, Stilt and Buff-breasted Sandpiper and
Wilson's Snipe.

At Rattray Marsh in Mississauga, water levels have dropped and today
Semipalmated Plover, Least, Pectoral, Semipalmated and Solitary Sandpiper
were reported. 

Finishing up the shorebird department it appears that Buff-breasted
Sandpipers have made their appearance on the sod farms south of Hamilton
with one being seen at a distance on Haldibrook Road just west of 6 and one
on Unity Road behind the school just east of Hwy 6.

We do have passerine migrants here too but very few have been out looking
for them.  Today down Kelson Road near Fifty Point Gray Catbird, Nashville
Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue and
Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart and Ovenbird were seen. 

Within the past week and a half at Shell Park, Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Black-and-white Warbler and American Redstart were seen.  Nearby at Sherwood
Forest Park, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Canada and Wilsons Warbler,
American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush and Ovenbird were noted.

Down at the Valley Inn Great Egret, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Least Flycatcher,
Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue,
Mourning, Palm and Black-and-white Warbler and Ovenbird were seen over the
long weekend.

In the odds and sods, Common Nighthawks were seen over Burlington and
Hamilton.  Great Egrets are present in numbers in the Dundas Marsh and
another American White Pelican was seen flying out of there yesterday!  A
Horned Grebe was seen off Shoreacres Park in Burlington.  An adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull was seen on Airport Road during a search for Buff-breasted
Sandpipers.  Common Ravens flew over the Crieff bog in north Flamborough.
Merlins seem to be setting up winter territory in Central Park in Burlington

On a personal note, its been great meeting birders from all parts of the
province this week.  Thanks for saying hello, its nice to put faces to some
of the names I get reports from!

Have a great week,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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