[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, January 18th, 2013

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jan 18 22:08:04 EST 2013

On Friday, January 18th, 2013, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Peregrine Falcon
Turkey Vulture
Iceland Gull
Barred Owl
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

The list is a little shorter this week with cold weather moving in and
unstable conditions from hot to cold moving birds around.  The top of the
list is still packed with punch though.  

The great "winter" birds continue to thrive here in the area.  The BARN
SWALLOWS were seen sporadically during the week and in the warmer
temperatures even venturing from their usual cell at the sewage pits across
from Beachway Pavilion on Lakeshore in Burlington.  Only one was noted today
but the other could have been about as it is hard to see into the lagoons
and the weather was cold today likely keeping them down low.  

At Sedgewick Park in Oakville, everything but the Cape May was reported in
the week.  The least seen was the NASHVILLE WARBLER.  Most people going to
Yellow-rumped Warbler and RUBY-CROWNED and Golden-crowned Kinglets.  It will
be interesting to see what happens in the extreme cold snap this coming

Another great bird which is just shy of the Hamilton Study Area is a
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER coming into a feeder at 3196 Campden Road in Vineland.
This bird is 200 m short of the Hamilton Study Circle but noteworthy as a
winter bird!

The Guelph Arboretum seems to have its own mix of good birds.  The BROWN
THRASHER was seen again today at the Arboretum Centre nestled in the Asian
Honeysuckle.  The Barred Owl wintering there seems to be reliable one day
and gone the next.  It's all luck!  Today it was seen briefly near the
Centre and then flushed and gone.  A flock of 10 Pine Grosbeaks were seen
near the parking lot today.  A roving flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are around
although sporadic.  

Waterfowl is always in the news here.  The Harlequin Ducks have been seen
somewhat reliably at the end of Creanona Road in Winona.  Sometimes they
venture east or west so a check of roads ending at the lake may be prudent.
All three scoters were seen at the end of Green Road earlier in the week.  A
Pied-billed Grebe is still present in the Desjardins Canal.

In the odds and sods this week, Turkey Vultures were reported near Garden
Road in Brantford this week, likely the same wintering bunch seen a couple
of weeks ago.  Black-crowned and Great Blue Herons were seen at the Red Hill
Outlet off Eastport Drive.  A total of four Peregrine Falcons were seen in
the area, two at the lift bridge and two at Windermere Basin. An Iceland
Gull was seen at the Burlington Ship Canal earlier in the week with another
one over the Desjardins Canal.  Another Barred Owl was photographed at
Christie Conservation Area today, another one wintering here. A Fox and
White-crowned Sparrow are present at a feeder at the end of Burloak Drive in
Burlington.  White-crowned Sparrows were seen at the Windermere Basin.
Red-winged Blackbirds were again reported behind the Olympic Arena and at
Rattray Marsh in the week, possibly a movement due to the warm weather this
Saturday.  A feeder in Flamborough near 5th Concession and Middletown was
host to a Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Redpoll, a single HOARY REDPOLL and
Pine Siskins this week.

Cold temperatures drive the birds into the feeders so make sure they are
stocked up, you never know what will show up.  Please report your sightings

Good Birding
Cheryl Edgecombe

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