[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, November 15th, 2013

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Nov 15 22:01:15 EST 2013

Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
American Golden-Plover
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Shrike
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

Short and sweet is what sums up the list this week.  Not really worth
writing a raving report but there were some nice late records so worth some

There were no rarities this week.  However, people who are gearing up for
winter listing might note some places to keep checking in the next weeks to
see if birds there will hang around.  

A late juvenile American Golden Plover was a great find at the Red Hill
Stormwater Ponds in the week.  Any water that stays open like this is worth
checking for migrants who are spending excess energy just to feed.    

A Northern Rough-winged Swallow was photographed at the marina at Fifty
Point Conservation Area in Grimsby.  This is a good record for this species.
Of note, another Swallow sp. was seen over the QEW on Thursday.  There have
been sporadic reports on the ABA blog of Cave Swallows in the east so no
bird of this ilk should be passed over.

Today at the famous spot from last year, Sedgewick Park in Oakville, Winter
Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler (2),
Yellow-rumped Warbler (6), White-throated Sparrow and Red-winged Blackbird
were present.  Temperatures were warm today so birds were further afield but
once it turns cold as its suppose to this week, this is a place worth
watching for late migrants, rarities and potential birds for winter listing.
The sewage tanks there are a bit ripe and the midges are thick.

In other late sightings, a Northern Parula was a good find last Monday at
LaSalle Park. A late Blackpoll Warbler was banded at Ruthven on Nov 10th.  A
Chipping Sparrow made an appearance at a feeder in Hidden Valley, Burlington
earlier this week.

In the odds and sods, a group of 50 Canvasbacks was seen at LaSalle Marina.
A Turkey Vulture flew over Gage and Main Street last Saturday.   A Golden
Eagle was well photographed at Morristown in the week.  Hermit Thrush was
spotted in Sam Lawrence Park in Hamilton. Northern Shrike and Eastern
Meadowlark were birds seen and photographed on 10th Road East in Saltfleet.
A single White-crowned Sparrow was flushed off the gravel path on the way
into the Red Hill Stormwater Pond.

Believe it or not, this is the prime time for rarities.  Explore your local
parks and ravines.  Stock your feeders, it's an important time to have food
out for birds with changing weather conditions approaching.  As incentive, A
Virginia's Warbler showed up in St. Johns, NFLD this week.  That's just
plain crazy. Let's match and one up that here in the Hamilton Study Area.   

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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