[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, Jan 13th, 2012

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jan 13 22:16:28 EST 2012

On Friday, Jan 13th, 2012, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Common Loon
Black-crowned Night Heron
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Flicker
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Common Grackle
White-winged Crossbill

The list has dwindled but for mid-January who can complain about a list with
the capitalized birds above.  The Hamilton area continues to be a hot spot
in the province.

We will start with the top.  The MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was seen up until
mid-week probably still about, thriving nicely on what seems to be a rich
supply of caterpillars in the area.  Colder temperatures might bring it into
the Multiflora Rose by the side of the road.  It seems to be hanging out
with a male Eastern Bluebird which gives nice comparisons of the two
species.  White-winged Crossbills have been recorded by a couple of
observers in the vicinity.

Bayfront Park was still a hotspot up until mid-week.  The ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was seen half way down the waterfront trail on Wednesday.  At the
same time the WILSON'S WARBLER was still being seen on the trail near the
marina as of Wednesday.  Hopefully these cold temperatures won't mean the
demise of these goodies.  A group of Cackling Geese, Common Loon,
Black-crowned Night Heron, Glaucous, Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gull
and Yellow-rumped Warbler were birds seen in this location .  

Up in Saltfleet on  10th Road east, the BOBOLINK continues to be reported as
of Tuesday.  A hardy bird for these conditions to be sure.  On Townline Road
where it intersects with Saginaw Road in Cambridge a small marsh just north
of this intersection has been host to a wintering COMMON YELLOWTHROAT last
reported Saturday.

Another hotspot in the area is the Royal Botanical Gardens property off of
Old Guelph Road.  At the Arboretum on the trails descending from the Nature
Centre, a GRAY CATBIRD was seen last weekend at the bottom of the hill and
further along the Captain Cootes Trail, a BROWN THRASHER was flushed from
the water side of the trail just where the water runs under the trail.  This
bird was also seen along the hillside and was actually singing in the warmth
on Wednesday.  Also seen here were Northern Flicker, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern
Bluebirds and American Robins.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen for a brief time at the Desjardins
Canal in Dundas on Wednesday.

The Lake Ontario Winter Waterfowl Count occurred last Sunday, not too many
reports from the area.  A group of Tundra Swans were seen near North Island
viewed off of Eastport.  The Cackling Geese from Bayfront Park were also a

Owls are in the news this week with Snowy Owls being reported from Tollgate
Pond, the QEW and Guelph Line on a light standard, perched on the Home Depot
at the QEW and Burloak and on 9th Line in Oakville north of Burnathorpe.  It
is definitely an invasion year for this species.  A Short-eared Owl was seen
at a field on Great Lakes Blvd near Rebecca on Wednesday and Long-eared Owls
were seen at Bronte Creek Provincial Park mid-week.

In the odds and sods, Cackling Geese were seen along the Grand River by the
Brantford Golf and Country Club on the Brantford Christmas Count last
Saturday. A Merlin was present at Sherwood Forest Park today.  A Hermit
Thrush was seen on the east side of Central Library in Burlington last
Sunday. The Field Sparrow continues at Valley Inn on the hill on Valley Inn
Road. White-throated Sparrows were seen in the Appleby Creek bed today. The
Fox Sparrow continues to be seen at the feeders at the maintenance yard of
the Hamilton Conservation Authority on Mineral Springs Road. A large flock
of Snow Buntings were seen on Great Lakes Blvd/Burloak Drive north of
Rebecca today. A Common Grackle was a welcome guest at a feeder in

Frigid temperatures and snow cover means "Get those feeders stocked!"  Even
if you are feeder watching in these temperatures this weekend, please report
your sightings!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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