[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, Augsut 23, 2013

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Aug 24 06:54:00 EDT 2013

Resending the report from last night as it didnt appear to go through.
Great Egret
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Common Tern
Black Tern
Common Nighthawk
Willow  Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Its been an exciting week here in the the Hamilton Study Area as things heat
up for the fall season and the west end of Lake Ontario comes into play for
Hamilton and Ontario birders.  The most exciting bird of the week came
through the persistence of  one of the local birders watching Cormorants
pass by Green Road in Stoney Creek.  With news of two NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS
on the Great Lakes hopes were high that there would be more with one in the
Hamilton Area.  On Sunday and Monday,  this observer as able to photograph
what is an apparent NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in a mass of Double-crested
Cormorants.  Kudos to this individual as this task is a bit daunting with
the numbers of cormorants around still.    East winds fired up last Sunday
albeit light but enough to bringing our first BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE last
Saturday.  On Sunday, an adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER with full streamers was
seen again from Green Road along with a year old PARASITIC JAEGER.  The
LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen later in the day being harassed by a gull. 
Other birds seen on the lake in the week include Common and Black Tern.
Today three LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen near the wave tower and a JAEGER
sp was seen out harassing gulls.  Semipalmated Plover and Sanderling were
also seen on the beach.  A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Townsend Sewage
Lagoons last Sunday, just out of the HSA but close enough!   Lastly to round
out the rarities a BLACK VULTURE was seen yesterday over Brantford over
Mohawk Road near the intersection of Greenwich.  There is a large roost  of
Vultures on Forest Ave which fly over the Brantford Dump daily so it may be
worth another check of this location for this bird.  This bird was seen
again tonight.

Shorebirds are still very much in the news this week as several locations in
the Hamilton Study area appear to be good with a variety of species.  A new
spot this week was the Hespeler Mill Pond near Cambridge.  Conditions seem
the best here and this week’s report includes American Golden Plover,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Semipalmated, Least, Stilt. Bairds
and Pectoral Sandpiper.  Seventeen Great Egrets were also seen here.  For
directions:  From HWY 401, take exit 286 (Townline Road) and drive north.
After about 4 km, turn left on River Road. After about 2 km, you will come
to a stop sign. Turn right into the parking lot (called "Ellacott Lookout").
Scan the river from here. Windermere Basin is still fairly active with
Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated, Least, Stilt and
Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope and Short-billed Dowitcher  reported
this week.  A good find was a juvenile Willet a couple of days ago.  Nearby,
a Whimbrel flew over Beach Blvd for a lucky observer waiting for the bus. 
Perhaps it made landfall at the basin.  Another spot for shorebirds earlier
in the week was Rattray Marsh where three Red-necked Phalaropes were present
in addition to species mentioned for the above locations.  The mud flat is
fairly exposed and it would be good to check this location regularly. 
Today, water levels were higher so there were no shorebirds.

 Passerine migration is starting to pick up significantly with a change in
the winds.  Today at Rattray Marsh, Red-eyed Vireo, Great Crested
Flycatcher,  Magnolia, Black and White Warbler, American Redstart were
migrants seen here.  Close by in east Oakville a Cape May Warbler was a
highlight on the yard list.Today at Confederation Park in Hamilton,
Philadelphia Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Tennessee, Black-throated Blue,
Yellow-rumped and Chestnut-sided Warbler and American Redstart were migrants
moving through here.

In the odds and sods this week a rare migrant in the Hamilton Study Area, a
Whip-poor-will was heard this week at Rock Chapel in Flamborough.  A number
of reports of Common Nighthawks have come in from Hamilton area this week,
the first of many to come. At Rona Ponds in Waterdown Least and Willow
Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chestnut-sided, Pine and
Yellow Warbler were noted.  A Northern Waterthrush was a migrant at Joe Sams
Park also in Waterdown. An Ovenbird was a migrant at Shoreacres in
Burlington.  All the lakeshore properties should be checked for migrants
after this front moved through and north winds were here today.

That’s the news this week.  Things are happening quickly so please report
your sightings here.

Good Birding!
Cheryl Edgecombe

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