[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, May 27th, 2011

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri May 27 21:32:17 EDT 2011

On Friday, May 27th, 2011, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Common Loon
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Broad-winged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Common Moorhen
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Common Raven
Tufted Titmouse
Winter Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
American Pipit
Tennessee Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Things quieted quickly as the lifting of the bad weather and switch of winds
from the south moved birds out last weekend.  A great weekend to do a
birdathon as long as you weren't counting on too many transients.  

While doing the Baillie Birdathon our group came across two female COMMON
EIDERS which were located off Shoreacres in Burlington.  These two birds
lasted two days before moving on, a definite bonus to the cause.  Also seen
this week on Wednesday was an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL down at Port Credit
Harbour.  Fortunately the bird was seen in the water on the east side of the
river.  An hour later, attempts to relocate the bird amongst hundreds of
gulls was a daunting task that was left unrewarded. Finally, earlier in the
week there was a report of two CERULEAN WARBLERS singing at Woodland
Cemetery on Tuesday.  It is also possible that CERULEAN is once again on
territory in Ruthven.

Shorebirds are in the news this week.  All month it was slim pickings for
shorebirds in the fields and on the beaches but this week it really wound
up.  Late May is always good for the movement of Whimbrel and this year was
no exception.  A flock of about 45 went over Saddington Park in Mississauga
last Monday.  Along with this mass numerous shorebirds cruised the shoreline
including Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper and
yes even a rare Red Knot.  The Whimbrel migration continued on Tuesday with
flocks of 24 and then 52 birds being recorded at Saddington.  Today a large
group of 66 birds flew over VanWagners Beach.  Earlier in the week a single
Whimbrel was found on the rocks at Fifty Point. Windermere Basin has also
been good for shorebirds.  They don't seem to mind the large trucks or the
tethered hawk stationed there.  This week, Black-bellied Plover,
Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling,
Semipalmated Least and White-rumped Sandpiper, Dunlin and Short-billed
Dowitcher were among the species seen here.  Up at 5th Road East in
Saltfleet, Semipalmated Plover, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs,
Dunlin, Pectoral, Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper.

The lakeshore woodlots have been fairly quiet all week with migrants
tricking through in small numbers.  With the passage of the cold front last
night, the last big push of migrants are moving through and tonight numbers
and variety were up in several spots around the lake.  At LaSalle Park this
evening, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied, Least, Willow and Alder
Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee,
Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Pine Warbler, American Redstart, Common
Yellowthroat, Wilson's and Canada Warbler were seen.  On the Burlington
Beachstrip this evening, Black-crowned Night Herons flew over.  In the
shrubbery near the cottages on the beach strip, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,
Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireo, Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrush,
Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green,
Blackburnian, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat,
Wilson's Warbler and Lincoln's Sparrow were present.  Shoreacres had a few
migrants this week including Eastern Wood Pewee, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia,
Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning and
Wilson's Warbler and a female Connecticut Warbler.  Down the road at Burloak
Park, a Connecticut Warbler was seen at close range last Tuesday evening.
Prairie Warbler was seen at Fifty Point in the week and up in Flamborough
last weekend.

Flamborough is always a good place for breeding birds and a few transients
this time of year.  American Pipits were found in a flooded field on
Middletown Road, south of 4th Concession West.  Grasshopper Sparrows are
singing madly on the 6th concession just west of Westover.  Hyde Tract,
located on Safari Road just west of Kirkwall was excellent for Broad-winged
Hawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Pine Warbler and Pine Siskin.  The Safari Road
Marsh next door has nesting Least Bittern, Sora and Virginia Rail. An
American Bittern continues to chug along at Valens and 6th Road West.
Red-headed Woodpecker is back on territory on 5th Concession Road, west of
Sheffield.  Alder Flycatcher is breeding at 8th Concession West and Westover
Road.  Further north on Lennon Road, nesting Winter Wren, Black and White
and Canada Warbler and White-throated Sparrow can be heard singing in the
bog area here.  A nest of Common Ravens is present near the Fletcher Creek
Reserve with three young that are too big for the nest.  

In the odds and sods this week, a flock of 36 Brant flew by Fifty Point on
Tuesday. Common Moorhen and Sandhill Crane were both calling at Grass Lake
near Glen Morris.  A Great Egret was found at the end of the Birdathon
roosting on Hickory Island out in Cootes Paradise. A Merlin was seen on an
antennae in Bronte, probably nesting there again this year.  At the lift
bridge a fuzzy gray Peregrine chick was a tick for the birdathon at the lift
bridge.  The peregrine chicks seem to be doing well at both locations.
Iceland Gulls were seen at Saddington Park and at the Suncor Pier just west
of Bronte this week.  An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen from the
end of Green Road in Stoney Creek. Common Nighthawks have been reported over
Valens and north of Burlington this week.  Another Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
was reported from Rock Chapel last Saturday.  Hooded Warbler is back on
territory at the back of the recreation centre near Martin's Lane in
Ancaster.  North of Burlington at a feeder, an Orchard Oriole was among a
group of Baltimore Orioles coming into jelly.  A female Black-throated Blue
Warbler joined the crowd.  At the same feeder, Purple Finch and Pine Siskins
continue to come in.  Tufted Titmice are on territory in the Appleby Creek
bed in South Burlington.  Orchard Oriole was also seen at Bronte Creek
Provincial Park in the orchard there and at the Grimsby Sewage Lagoons.

If the fog and mist persist tonight it might be worth a go for the migrant
traps again tomorrow.  This could be the last push before post migration
depression sets in.

Have a great week,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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