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

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 23 20:45:32 EDT 2013








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


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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