[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Jan 15 14:09:46 EST 2011

On Saturday, January 15th, 2011 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
King Eider
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Horned Lark
Hermit Thrush
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting

A short list of birds this week with an unexpected surprise at the top.  On
Monday night at the Bronte Go Station, a BARN OWL was seen on a light post
and then took off east down the tracks.  Subsequent attempts to relocate the
bird fell short but this is truly an unexpected bird at this time of the
year.  The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen last Sunday at approximately at
the 1400 m mark of the Waterfront Trail accessed from Bayfront Park in

Geese are in the forefront this week with Fifty Point Conservation area
harbouring a Greater White-fronted Goose and Cackling Geese in the midst of
many Canada Geese.  Cackling Geese can be tough to pick out as there are
several smaller Canada's amongst them.  At Bronte Harbour last weekend a
Snow Goose was seem east of the harbour and a Cackling Goose west of it.
Other waterfowl seen were Wood Ducks in the open water at the Hendrie Valley
and American Wigeon were seen along the east Oakville lakeshore near Arkendo
and one at LaSalle Park in Waterdown.  Two King Eiders were reported in the
week, a female seen at Bronte Harbour last Saturday and another female past
VanWagners Beach early in the week.

The number of gulls seem to be rising with ice on the harbour now.  An adult
Thayer's Gull flew past Canada Centre for Inland Waters along with several
Glaucous Gulls.

In the odds and sods, a Great Horned Owl was present at Fifty Point
Conservation Area, look for the harassing crows.  A Hermit Thrush was seen
near Homestead Drive in Dundas and another at the end of Hollyrood in
Oakville.  Three Belted Kingfishers were seen along a stretch of 16 mile
creek west of the intersection at Bronte and Derry Road. A Fox Sparrow was
seen behind the Dundas arena a couple of days ago.  Horned Larks and Snow
Buntings continue to be a presence along Sydenham Road near Dyments Farm in
Flamborough.  Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs were seen at Stoneman Road
in the south of the area in Haldimand. A White-crowned Sparrow was present
at a feeder on 10th Road East just south of Ridge Road. 

That's it, short and sweet this week.  Have a great week and send me your

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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