[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Feb 26 19:48:48 EST 2011

On Saturday, February 26th, 2011, this is the HNC Birding Report


Snow Goose
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Eastern Bluebird
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

The last weekend of winter listing is upon us and this sends hardy birders
out looking for their last winter ticks.  

Brantford has been a bit of a hotspot this week for winter listing.  Today
in the late afternoon the flock of fifteen GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen close to
the road on Robinson Road between Potruff and Green Road.  The flock was
first seen under one of the pine trees next to the fence and then wandered
out into the field where they fed and good looks were had.  Also in the
Brantford area on Golf Road located off Hardy Road was a Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker.  While looking for the Sapsucker, Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied
Woodpeckers were seen in the small woodlot north of the second house on Golf
Road where the Sapsucker was seen.  Two Ravens flew over a nearby field in
this area.  

Waterfowl is always in the news in the winter here in the Hamilton Study
Area.  While travelling on the QEW at Appleby Line last Friday during the
warm spell, a flock of Canada Geese flew over with three Snow Geese embedded
in it.  Along the Burlington lakeshore today all three Scoter species were
seen along with numerous and very vocal Long-tailed Ducks and Common
Goldeneye.  Ruddy Ducks were seen at the Travelodge, probably ousted from
the Windemere Basin.  At a distance, up to seven Horned Grebes were seen
from Burloak Park.  At the Desjardins Canal and Dundas Hydro ponds this past
week, American Wigeon, Redhead, Canvasback, Hooded Merganser and Belted
Kingfisher were seen.  

If you are a gull specialist, specialty gulls have been scarce this winter
however at the edge of the ice off Eastport Drive, Iceland, Lesser
Black-backed and Glaucous Gull have all been seen in the last few days.  

In the odds and sods, Great Blue Herons were seen at the Desjardins Canal
and the Red Hill Outlet.  Turkey Vultures were reported at Beamer Memorial
Conservation Area in Grimsby and at Queenston Road and Centennial in East
Hamilton.  Bald Eagles are on nest in Cootes Paradise with one being
photographed today on the expanded nest and another one standing watch.
Bald Eagles have also been seen on the ice from LaSalle and Eastport Drive,
and along the Grand River where it meets the 403. Northern Goshawk was seen
last weekend at Lennon and Gore Road in Flamborough.  Merlins were seen at
Kenilworth and Cannon in Hamilton and another at Burloak Park in Burlington
today.  A good place to seen Northern Shrike is in north Flamborough where
four were seen last weekend at Puslinch Concession 1 west of Crieff,
Puslinch Concession 2 and Sideroad 20, Valens Road south of Concession 8
West and Middletown Road south of Concession 5 West. In addition to the
Brantford birds, Common Raven was also seen at Concession 5 West east of
Brock Road.  Eastern Bluebirds were seen last weekend at 4th Concession and
Middletown Road and also seen along the rail trail near Paris in the week.
Red-winged Blackbirds are being seen in a few places, possible migrants or
over winterers at this point behind the Olympic Arena and at a feeder in
Hidden Valley.  Brown-headed Cowbirds are appearing now with a report of
birds at a feeder in Greensville.  There are several reports of Common
Redpolls and Pine Siskins at feeder throughout the area.  These birds may be
on the move so stock your feeders.

Spring is just around the corner.  Please report your sightings during this
inbetween time where anything can happen.

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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