[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 15th, 2013

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Feb 15 20:00:58 EST 2013


Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Pied-billed Grebe
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Glaucous Gull
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Horned Lark
Tufted Titmouse
Winter Wren
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll

The mix is different this week in the Hamilton Study Area with a few new
species popping up to give a bit of spice.  This week, the ever elusive
Brantford Airport GRAY PARTRIDGE reared their heads.  The birds were seen
yesterday and then relocated today. The birds were on the south side of
Robinson road at least 200m from the road on a slight bare ridge. This ridge
is about 250m east of the junction with Potruff Road. Today they were seen
from Green Road likely on the same ridge but different view point.  A scope
is necessary to see these beasts.  Also in the vicinity were FIELD AND
SAVANNAH SPARROW.  The FIELD SPARROW was seen along Robinson Road 400 m west
of Green Road earlier in the week and yesterday a little further east of
Green Road with a flock of Tree Sparrows. Last weekend a SAVANNAH SPARROW
was seen feeding on the exposed grass along Green Road about 200m south of
Robinson Rd.  These birds are moving about with flocks of sparrows, Snow
Buntings, Horned Larks and Longspurs so it's good to cruise the roads a few
times to look amongst the birds coming to the road for grit.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen along the Grand River at the village of York, an
excellent winter record.

The EASTERN PHOEBE was once again present last weekend in the Hendrie Valley
on the trail off Unsworth Avenue.  This bird is hit and miss as several
birders have gone down there and been unsuccessful.  It likely has a wide
territory to get enough food to make a living.  Also reported from here was
Great Horned Owl and Winter Wren.

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seem to be increasing in numbers.  A flock of 40 were seen
at Freelton Road and Hwy 6 midweek and Thursday a small flock made a good
yard list bird at Middletown Road and Concession 5 in Flamborough.

Last weekend a surprise was a tight group of EASTERN MEADOWLARKS which were
reported south of here a couple of weeks ago, but reappeared at the corner
of 10th Road East and Ridge Road coming down to the side of the road.  A
couple of the birds were seen at the feeder at the first house on 10th Road
East in Saltfleet.  Also present here is at least 1 of 3 White-crowned
Sparrows.  At dusk, it's worth a trip to see the Short-eared Owls fly near
the tracks on 10th Road East between Ridge Road and Green Mountain Road.

Flocks of Common Redpolls still seem to be moving about with numbers on the
increase.  A HOARY REDPOLL was seen amongst flocks in Rock Chapel and at the
feeders at Bogles Seed at Safari Road and Highway 6.

There other good winter birds to be seen around the area.  A female Wood
Duck was seen at the  west end of the Desjardins Canal near the Urquhart
Butterfly Garden.  American Widgeon are also seen sporadically in the canal
as well along with the long lasting Pied-billed Grebe. Nine Black-crowned
Night Herons were seen in the Red Hill Creek Outlet this week with two of
them being adults.  A record group of 30 Turkey Vultures were seen at the
Brantford Dump last Sunday.  Also in the vicinity was a White-crowned
Sparrow.  Another Turkey Vulture was seen over Stoney Creek today. The
Red-shouldered Hawk present at the overpass of 401 and Regional Road 32 near
Cambridge was present again here this week.  Rough-legged Hawks are on the
increase in the south end of the Hamilton Study area in Haldimand.  Cruising
the roads down there a HNC field trip found a number of these birds down
here along with one Short-eared Owl.  Tufted Titmice are still coming into
feeders at Ruthven Conservation Area. A Glaucous Gull was seen behind Canada
Centre for Inland Waters.  Unfortunately a Northern Saw-whet Owl met its
demise along the roadside on Fifty Road just south of Ridge Road, just a
reminder for people not to throw garbage out their windows which attract
rodents to the road therefore attracting the owls on the hunt.  The
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker along with the Fox Sparrow were seen behind the
Olympic Arena last Sunday. A Yellow-rumped Warbler persists at Sedgewick
Park in Oakville, unfortunately the only survivor of that amazing group of
birds.  An Eastern Towhee was present at Brant Park Conservation Area in
Brantford which may be just out of the Hamilton Study Area.  White-winged
Crossbills were reported at Bronte Creek Provincial Park and a single bird
was heard near Binkley's Hollow in Dundas.

There are birds on the move already and migration is happening and more just
around the corner.  Large flocks of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and Lapland
Longspurs have been reported in several areas of the Hamilton Study area.
There is a still a good group being seen on Fallsview Road near Dyments
Farm.  Last weekend a group of 65 Lapland Longspurs were seen on Lower Base
Line Road just east of Tremaine in a group of Horned Larks and Snow
Buntings.  Brantford Airport also had numbers of these birds too.

It's not that long until you will see a whole different mix of birds being
reported.  Rarities are still a possibility as birds move around.  Report
your sightings here!

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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