[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, March 8th, 2013

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Mar 8 07:13:10 EST 2013


Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Shrike
Horned Lark
Bohemian Waxwing
Red-winged Blackbird	
Hoary Redpoll

Although the list is short, the signs of spring have crept their way into
the list this week.  Our birds of note for the week are a VESPER SPARROW
discovered on March 1st at a feeder in Brampton, likely overwintering and
eluding winter listers in the fields surrounding and the continuing HARRIS'S
SPARROW which has been seen for the past three weeks on Ellis Road in
Cambridge.  This week the HARRIS'S was observed below the spruce tree in
front of 6555 Ellis Rd but has been seen at the feeder next door as well.

Waterfowl is on the move, one of the big signs of movement is always the
presence of Geese, Swans and ducks on the flooded fields in Saltfleet and in
Flamborough.  This afternoon a large field on 1st Road East between Mud and
Highland Road was the scene of a gathering of the above species with
hundreds of Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks and a few Pintails in the mix.  Ten
Tundra Swans were also seen further out in the field, one of the great
sounds of spring when they are on the move.  On the snowless patches, four
Killdeer were scurrying around.  Further south from here at the northeast
corner of 1st Road East and Highland a female Snowy Owl made a nice surprise
find today.  Horned Larks were abundant on all fields today, tinkling in
their flight calls.  Further east on Highland a male Northern Harrier
cruised the field near 7th Road East.  On 1st Road West, a group of 41 Wild
Turkeys were located in a field just north of Green Mountain Road.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby has had a slow start this week however as the winds change this
weekend, I expect numbers will pick up.  A Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle,
Red-shouldered and a number of Red-tailed Hawks were the highlight on
Monday.  Things have been quiet since.  Another Red-shouldered Hawk was seen
near Olympic Arena and on Cootes Drive in Dundas, a likely migrant.

In the odds and sods this week, Snow and Cackling Geese have been seen
intermittently at Bronte Beach and Bronte Harbour through the week.  Another
Snow Goose flew over the tower at Beamer earlier in the week.  A Turkey
Vulture flew over a yard on James Street.  A Merlin was also seen perched on
an antennae in this area, first of the season.  A Barred Owl was seen in
Bronte Creek Provincial Park West near Parking Lot A.   Two Northern Shrikes
were seen on 10th Road East today.  Bohemian Waxwings were a nice yard
surprise at a home on Deer Run Court near Brantford.  These will be moving
out soon! A small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds were seen near Olympic
arena and near Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  They will likely be here in
numbers by the weekend.  Lastly, a very frosty Hoary Redpoll made an
appearance earlier in the week at a feeder near Middletown Road and 5th
Concession West but has not been seen in the last couple of days.

Short and sweet, next week there will be much more to report.  Please send
in your sightings.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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