[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, January 6th, 2012

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jan 6 21:24:57 EST 2012

On Friday, January 6th, 2012 this is the HNC Birding Report:


Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
North Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
White-winged Crossbill
Pine Siskin

Happy New Year!  As you can see by the top of the list, this year has
already been kind to birders in the area with the continuation of some of
the goodies from 2011 but also a couple of new entries.  The centre of the
universe continues to be Bayfront Park where many birders were out scouring
to get some of these specialties on January first for the new year list.
The range of these specialty birds is great, patience and time are necessary
for birders to see all of them and some of them have not been reported in
the last couple of days, hopefully not a result of the extreme cold
temperatures that we experienced on Tuesday.  The BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was
last reported on Monday along the Bayfront Trail.  On Sunday, an
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was turned up on the trail near the marina, it was
also reported on Monday and is likely still around.  The BLACK-THROATED GRAY
WARBLER has moved significantly and has not been seen since January 3rd.
The last location of viewing was on the other side of the Desjardins canal
on a rough trail accessed at the top of Valley Inn Road.  This bird has gone
rogue and will be difficult to find given the range.  The WILSON'S WARBLER
seems to be the most co-operative of the group of late being seen yesterday
and following birders from the 1600 m mark down to the 400 m mark and then
refound on the trail near the marina.  This is a huge area but the bird
seems to be doing okay.  Other birds seen down at this location include a
Snow Goose seen briefly near Westdale high on Monday but not since, Common
Loon (at least 3 seen New Years Day), Black-crowned Night Heron, Northern
Goshawk on the trail up on the other side of the Desjardins Canal and
Yellow-rumped Warbler (a few scattered sightings from all along the
waterfront trail).  There was a report of a suspicious crow (possible Fish
Crow) with photos taken but birders could not locate after a search the next
day.  Good to keep eyes and ears open with a small invasion in New York at

Our new star of the week is a female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD found on Concession 1
in Puslinch approx 1.5 km west of Hwy 6 on Monday.  The bird was first
photographed last Sunday and has been seen daily including today.  A pair of
Common Ravens were seen flying over this area and today were seen over
Highway 6 just south of 97.

Another great winter bird which surfaced last week was a ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK in downtown Burlington.  Photos were forwarded for identification
purposes last Friday but the bird has not been seen since.

Finally another great find for the winter, the BOBOLINK continues to thrive
up on 10th Road East along the south berm of the creek which transects the
road midway between Ridge and Green Mountain Road on the east side of the
road.  It was flying about and calling today.  At least two Eastern
Meadowlarks were seen in the field south of the berm this week.  Raptors are
numerous up here with Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier and a Turkey
Vulture seen in the area on Saturday.  This evening I had the pleasure of
watching 16 Northern Harriers in display over a field west of the quarry on
the west side of the road, viewed from where you access the Bobolink.  At
about 5:20 p.m. a single Short-eared Owl flew out of the same field.

In the odds and sods, a Cackling Goose was seen over Smithville early in the
week.  A Wood Duck was seen in the Desjardins Canal along with a Pied-billed
Grebe last weekend.  American Wigeon were seen at Lakeside Park in
Mississauga.  A lone Killdeer was seen flying over Spencer Smith park on
Wednesday.  A Red-shouldered Hawk was seen being chased by a murder of crows
at Rock Chapel near Valley Road on Wednesday.  A Bald Eagle (probably two)
are still on guard at Cootes Paradise.  A Turkey Vulture was seen on Hwy 52
today north of the 403.  Four Tundra Swans were in a field on the west side
of the road before Highway 5 on 52.  A Snowy Owl has been seen consistently
since Monday at Tollgate Ponds up until today. A Fox Sparrow is coming into
the feeders at the maintenance yard at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area
on Mineral Springs Road.  Next door at the main admin office, a White-winged
Crossbill made a brief appearance.  Northern Shrikes were reported today
from Brock Road and Concession 4 West and from Cootes and Olympic Drive in
Dundas.  A White-crowned Sparrow has been visiting a feeder in Hidden
Valley.  A flock of Rusty Blackbirds with a couple of Red-winged Blackbirds
mixed in, found on the Christmas Count were still being seen early in the
week just east of Brock Road near Concession 5 West. A Common Grackle is
coming into a feeder in Aberfoyle along with a lone Pine Siskin.  A large
group of Pine Siskins were seen earlier in the week on 11th Concession East
the week before last, close to 100 birds which is more than has been present

That's the news this week.  People are continuing to email and ask about the
status of all the great birds in the area so if you happen to see any, send
me a note so I can pass the word along.

Have a great week!
Cheryl Edgecombe

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