[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 5th, 2012

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Oct 5 17:30:07 EDT 2012


FRANKIN'S GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
LECONTE'S SPARROW


American Wigeon
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Merlin
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Great Horned Owl
Traill's Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Eastern Meadowlark
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak

It's been a quieter week here in the Hamilton Study Area as many of our
earlier migrants have moved on and we wait for the next wave to come in.
Some great birds have been seen this week though.  A FRANKLIN'S GULL was
seen on Saturday flying down the VanWagner's Beach at close range.  Too
close we couldn't see it for some!  This was a different bird than the one
seen before so there may be two still lurking about.  There have been no
reports since the weekend.  Mid-week a good east/northeast wind late in the
day brought a raft of PARASITIC JAEGERS to the west end of the lake.  None
were seen super close and some even moved over land on migration but a
number of birds were seen. Lastly at a secretive LECONTE'S SPARROW was seen
at the east end of Heritage Pond near Guelph.  It has been brought to our
attention from the developer that the location of the bird is on private
property.  I suspect the bird has moved on.

Passerine migration has been slow this week, perhaps due to unfavorable
migration winds, perhaps because many have moved out.  A few stragglers were
seen in various locations. At the Waterdown Wetland Trails in Waterdown,
Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville, Yellow-rumped,
Black-throated Green and Palm Warbler, Field, Lincolns, Swamp,
White-throated, White-crowned Sparrows were seen this week.  

At Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Orange-crowned, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated
Green, Palm Warbler and last week a lingering Yellow Warbler, Chipping,
Lincoln's, Swamp and White-crowned Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark were
highlights noted from a couple of groups here this week.

Another great place to visit this time of year is the University of Guelph
Arboretum.  Here in the week, Common Raven, Nashville, Orange-crowned,
Tennessee and Palm Warbler, Evening Grosbeak and Pine Siskin were birds of
note. This seems to be a good place for finch migration.

Finally at Clappison's Corners Wetland Traill's Flycatcher, Yellow-rumped
and Palm Warbler and Common Yellowthroat were highlights.  This is a great
place to visit in the fall to work on sparrow identification.  It is located
behind the Rona just east of Hwy 6 at Hwy 5 (Dundas) in Waterdown. 

Shorebirds have cleared out with only Semipalmated, Black-bellied and
American Golden Plover being different from the many Killdeer out in Cootes
Paradise.

In the odds and sods this week, American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal were
seen flying along the lake at Shoreacres in Burlington. First of season
Red-breasted Merganser was seen off VanWagners Beach along with a growing
number of Common Loons.  A Pied-billed Grebe has re-established itself at
the Desjardins Canal.  A huge number of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets
were seen off Princess Point last weekend, they will soon be on the move.  A
Merlin was seen over Dundas at the Desjardins Canal.  A nice flock of 18
Sandhill Cranes were seen near Glen Morris. A Great Horned Owl was heard
near University Plaza in Dundas and another near Glen Ave in Burlington.
Two more Common Raven sightings came in this week, one from near University
Plaza in Dundas and another near the QEW at Guelph Line.  Hermit Thrushes
seem to be on the move now with birds being reported from yards in South
Burlington. A bewildered Northern Parula was caught between some apartment
buildings in Dundas but let go and flew off! A sizable group of Horned Larks
were seen on Fallsview Road in Flamborough.  Finally feeder reports are
coming in from Carlisle, Flamborough and South Burlington.  Purple Finch,
Pine Siskin and a late Rose-breasted Grosbeak were highlights.  It's a great
weekend to get the feeders cleaned up and ready to go.  Cold temperatures
will drive birds into the feeders and you never know what will turn up.

That's the news for the week.  This weekend is always good for birds and
birders getting out.  A change in weather conditions could prove interesting
for migrants and maybe even a few rarities.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC













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