[Ontbirds] O.F.O. Hamilton/Burlington field trip report

Tom Thomas tthomas at cogeco.ca
Sat Oct 10 21:33:23 EDT 2009

       First of all I would like to thank the many participants of today's trip, for a very enjoyable and memorable outing.
      Approximately 40 birders were at Hutches at Van Wagner's Beach for the 8:am start. A couple of lucky birders who where early arrivals had the chance to see a Parasitic Jaeger harass a D.c.Cormorant before most of us had arrived.
        With fairly benign winds, the action at the beach was fairly slow, but we managed to spot groups of White winged Scoters, Bonaparte's Gulls, three Common Loons, a juvenile Bald Eagle, and a lake bound Merlin.
       We then walked down the beach and at Baranger's, we crossed over to the fields and ponds to the west of Van Wagner's Beach Road. There were many birds to be found here, not all of them very co-operative for long looks however.Some of the highlights were......Cooper's Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (many), Eastern Phoebe (many), Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Winter Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, a late Veery, Palm Warbler, Ovenbird, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping, Lincoln's, Field, White-crowned, White-throated and Swamp sparrows, Winter Wren, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Great Egret.
         After lunch we headed for Windermere Basin, where Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels were hunting.
    In the pond were.........Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Canvasback, Hooded Merganser and Pied-billed Grebe. The highlight though was the Short-eared Owl that flushed from the side of the path and then circled high above some obviously delighted birders.
        Our last stop was to the grounds of Confederation Park A (the north side). Some of the highlights here were... A close encounter with a hunting juvenile Redtail, Orange-crowned, Tennessee, Blackpoll, Nashville and Palm Warblers, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood Pewee, and many more Hermit Thrushes and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
          Our final Tally was 86 species, not too bad, considering we saw virtually no shorebirds.
                   Best regards..........T.

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