[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 19th, 2012

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Oct 19 18:59:31 EDT 2012

On Friday, October 19th, 2012, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Cackling Goose
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter (leucistic)
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Horned Grebe
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Horned Lark
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

There are still lots of birds about in the Hamilton Study Area although
numbers are dropping and mixes are changing.  There were two surprises this
week, one found today a CATTLE EGRET was found just west of the intersection
of Stoney Creek Road and Haldibrook Road, west of 295 Haldibrook in the
hamlet of Blackheath which is south of Binbrook.  The bird was seen this
evening on Stoney Creek Road, south of Haldibrook as of 6 p.m.. Comically
this egret could be seen being chased by the cattle and then itself going
back after them.  This is the second record for this field.  Earlier in the
week, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was a one afternoon wonder at Rattray
Marsh and unfortunately could not be found later that afternoon or in
subsequent days.

There are many places to visit this week for a variety of species.  At the
Waterdown Wetland Trails located on Centre Road in Waterdown, birds seen
included Pileated Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, Tennessee,
Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow-rumped and Black-throated Green Warbler,
Eastern Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Red-winged and Rusty Blackbirds and Purple

Another great place this time of year is the Clappison's Corners Wetlands
located behind the Rona in Waterdown.  Here this week were Eastern Bluebird,
Eastern Phoebe, Palm Warbler, Field, Vesper, Savannah Sparrows and Eastern

LaSalle Park had a few tidbits this week with Canvasback, Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Ruby and Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Winter Wren, Orange-crowned, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue,
Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Common Yellowthroat being
birds reported this week.

The beach was a bit of a disappointment today, great potential for winds but
socked in with fog.  A single Brant was the only bird seen today.
Long-tailed Ducks, White-winged, Surf Scoters and Red-breasted Mergansers
are growing in numbers on the lake.  Nearby at the end of Gray's Road an
interesting find this week of a leucistic Surf Scoter was unusual.  At Van
Wagner's Ponds last Monday, Great Egret, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown
Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's and Hermit Thrush, Chipping, Fox,
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow were birds reported.  A highlight
was a Peregrine Falcon battling with two American Kestrels.

Further east to this, a Cackling Goose was seen among a large group of
Canada Geese.  Twenty Horned Grebes and a group of eight Dunlin were also
seen at this location.

Hawk migration continued this week on a smaller scale.  Over South
Burlington, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk (in numbers), Red-shouldered,
Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks made up the bulk of it.  Eastern Bluebirds
and Horned Larks were mixed in with flocks of American Robins. Large flocks
of mixed blackbirds containing Brown-headed Cowbirds, Common
Grackles,Red-winged and Rusty Blackbirds were seen on a mass exodus.

In the odds and sods, a lovely Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Cattle
Egret location as well as a Lapland Longspur Flyover.  A Northern Goshawk
was seen at Lakeside Park in Mississauga yesterday. Sandhill Cranes are
still bugling from a swamp near Deer Run Court in Brantford.  A Blackpoll
Warbler and a number of Pine Siskins were guests at my yard in South
Burlington this week.  An American Tree Sparrow was a brief visitor in a
yard in East Hamilton. Lastly a great find again today was a Nelson's
Sparrow at the back of Mountsberg C.A. off Leslie Street.  

With the ever changing weather out there, winds from the south and then
drastically changing, there simply must be more goodies to be found out
there.  Get out and scout your own local hotspots or try something new, you
might just strike gold.  Report your sightings please, we are coming up to
the Hamilton Fall Bird Count and it's nice to know what's around.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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