[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Mar 2 18:08:03 EST 2012

Tundra Swan
King Eider
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Sandhill Crane
American Woodcock
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Redpoll

It's been a slow trickle of migrants up until today but a good strong system
from the south pushed migrants ahead of it and birds came in numbers.
Probably the most significant move today was Tundra Swans.  There were
flocks everywhere, some large, some smaller.  Birds were seen over
Brantford, Burlington, Woodland Cemetery, Dundas and late afternoon a large
flock of at least 250 birds were seen from Cootes Drive spiraling down in
the marsh.  What a great sound of spring this is.

Other migrants were moving through as well.  Although no numbers have come
in today from the Hawkwatch at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby,
raptors were flying over Woodland Cemetery including Northern Harrier,
Sharp-shinned, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawk.  A lone Killdeer was heard
yesterday at the start of the Hawkwatch in Grimsby and today were reported
over Flamborough, East Mountain and Woodland Cemetery. Sandhill Cranes were
seen on migration earlier in the week over Deer Run Court in Brantford, over
Grimsby and today over Brantford.  Small loose flocks of blackbirds
including Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle and Brown-headed Cowbird were
seen passing through in a number of locations.  The all familiar sound of
Red-winged Blackbirds singing could be heard in many places.  Earlier in the
week American Woodcock were heard displaying and peenting in Bronte Creek
Provincial Park Campground and at the RBG property on York Road, just in
time to finish the winter list.

In the odds and sods this week, the immature male King Eider was seen off
LaSalle Marina early in the week. Fourty-four Wild Turkeys were seen on 7th
Concession in Puslinch yesterday.  Another flock was seen off Centennial
Parkway at the top of the escarpment last weekend.  Turkey Vultures were
seen over Dundas today and another kicked off the Hawkwatch in Grimsby
yesterday. Iceland and Glaucous Gulls are still about with both species
being seen flying over Woodland today.  The Red-morph Eastern Screech Owl is
still present on sunny days at Woodland Cemetery at the top of the hill
before it descends down to where Valley Inn is.  A Snowy Owl was still
present on the docks at Bronte Harbour as of Monday. Long-eared Owls were
found in the Hopkins Tract on York Road last Saturday on an owl prowl. Sadly
two Long-eared Owls were found dead by the side of the road on the 403 in
the stretch from Ancaster to Brantford, likely hunting for rodents near the
road.  A Northern Shrike was seen near Clappison's Corners in Waterdown
mid-week.  Common Ravens are present in North Flamborough/Fletchers Creek
area and are likely on nest again.  The Brown Thrasher that eluded so many
on the winter list, was seen and photographed today at the Royal Botanical
Gardens arboretum.  The Chipping Sparrow was seen again at the bottom of the
Valley Inn Road, the presence of seed here helps in the effort.  A Common
Redpoll was a guest on Deer Run Court in Brantford midweek.

That's the news for now, so much to look forward to.  Please report your

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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