[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, July 26th, 2013

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jul 26 17:01:57 EDT 2013


Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and White Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole

Mid July is always fairly quiet here but then as the month progresses, you
can see things starting in a miniscule way to pick up with some birds
gathering up in areas and numbers moving about preparing to move en masse in
the not too distant future.  Song is relatively non-existent but family
groups can be seen moving about their breeding grounds.  Shorebird species
being the most notable migrants, continue to grow in number and change up
every few days making places like Windermere Basin one of the hotspots at
this time of year.  And every once in a while you get a surprise, this past
period being an AMERICAN AVOCET which quietly snuck in and out of the
Hamilton Study Area along the Grand River near Brantford just after the
walking bridge that connects the Brant Crossing Skate Park and Fordview
Trail.  The bird was seen by a very fortunate kayaking birder! It was a one
hour/day wonder but you never know whether this bird has moved along the
river elsewhere or decided to relocate out of the Hamilton Study Area.

As mentioned above, the Windermere Basin has brought some interesting mixes
of waterfowl and shorebirds and keen birders check almost daily for things
dropping into this ideal shorebird habitat.  Located on Eastport Road with
the parking lot just southeast of the Outdoor World RV in Hamilton, a scope
is necessary to view the shorebirds here and patience is a must as birds
move in and out of the vegetation.  A good hour or so can wrangle up several
species but every scan brings different birds and different numbers.  Here
this week, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Hooded
Merganser, Osprey, Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper,
Short-billed Dowitcher and Wilson's Phalarope.  Another cold front will
change this mix up again.  Meanwhile, cool north to northeast winds blew
into Van Wagner's Beach last Sunday bringing a significant flock of 22
Sanderling scurrying along the beach.  Three adult Bonaparte's Gulls also
cruised the beach.  Wrapping up Shorebirds, a couple of Stilt Sandpipers
were reported on e-bird one near Mountsberg Conservation Area and another at
Hespeler Mill Pond in Cambridge which is on the border of the Hamilton Study

No migrants were seen today at Shoreacres in Burlington but Eastern Phoebe,
Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray
Catbird and Baltimore Oriole were all present, some with young in tow.
Numbers of Swallows along the lakeshore seem to be increasing and mixing up
as the colonies are void of birds after nesting season.

In the odds and sods, a couple of pair of Red-necked Grebes are toting young
around, one at the traditional Bronte Harbour side and another family seen
at Bronte Beach and later at Bronte Cemetery. An Eastern Screech Owl
serenaded this birder in south Burlington during the wee hours of the
morning.  A Red-headed Woodpecker is a guest at a feeder at 592 Sawmill Road
in Ancaster, bringing its young in tow.  Along the escarpment near Rock
Chapel and Borers Falls, Great Horned Owls are present, Wood Thrush and
Scarlet Tanager could also be heard singing along here.  Another family of
Eastern Kingbirds can be seen in the parking lot at Canada Centre for Inland
Waters.  At the Beverly Swamp, a walk along a trail here yielded Blue-winged
Warbler with young, a few Black-and-White Warblers and a juvenile Mourning

The next couple of weeks will change things up again and this reporter will
be putting out weekly updates.  Late summer and fall are the best of birding
here in the Hamilton Study Area, rest up, last year was spectacular.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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