[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding report - Friday, February 14th, 2014

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Feb 14 20:59:46 EST 2014


Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk 
Rough-legged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Snowy Owl
Great Horned Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Eastern Bluebird
Cedar Waxwing
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Eastern Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird

Quiet is the word here in the Hamilton Study Area.  We are coming to the
final couple of weeks for winter listing and it looks like we should extend
the winter listing period as I don't think winter is leaving soon.

The most unusual bird to visit the HSA was a FISH CROW, heard with its nasal
call past Frances Road in Stoney Creek with a group of American Crows. Now
is the time of year for crows to be on the move so it's worth a listen when
a group fly by.

With the harbour frozen, waterfowl have moved out to the lake or have been
forced to find any open water available.  The Desjardins Canal seems to be a
hotspot for waterfowl still although a good bird seen here this week has now
perished.  A Red-necked Grebe was found a couple days ago on the canal,
likely pushed out from frozen waters elsewhere.  Unfortunately the bird was
found later today deceased.  Other birds seen here in the canal include Wood
Duck, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring=necked Duck, Common and
Red-breasted Merganser.

The HNC Hawks and Owls trip was a success last weekend as 40 hardy birders
ventured out for the annual event in the area known as Saltfleet.  A Great
Horned Owl was heard in the evening at Alway just north of Kemp Road. A
Rough-legged Hawk at 5th Road East, the dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk which is
absolutely stunning to see on 10th Road East.  This bird has been seen
roaming between 8th Road East and 11th Road East, Mud Street and Ridge Road.
Northern Harrier was seen the weekend before at 10th Road East and at dusk
Short-eared Owls are present here at the rail tracks with 3 birds being seen
tonight.  Snowy Owls were seen at 5th Road East and on a light standard at
Fifty Road and the QEW.  Perhaps the same Snowy Owl was seen at the QEW and
Fruitland Road on February 3rd.  Common Raven sightings seem to be somewhat
reliable at the quarry on 10th Road East.  A check of the nest in the quarry
didn't yield any birds today but this is a good nesting site in the last
couple of years for these birds.  A Northern Shrike was seen on a couple of
occasions over the past couple of weeks on 10th Road East but likely has a
large territory.  Another Northern Shrike was seen on 5th Road East last
week.  An Eastern Meadowlark was seen on 11th Road East between Ridge and
Green Mountain Road.  Tonight a tight group of 3 Red-winged Blackbirds, one
male and two females was an unusual sighting for this time of year for this
observer on 10th Road East between Ridge and Green Mountain.

In the odds and sods, four Bald Eagles were seen on the ice in the Harbour
today.  Merlins were seen over East Hamilton, at Canada Centre for Inland
Waters and over South Burlington at Walker's Line and New Street over the
past week.  A Rough-legged Hawk was also a good yard bird over East
Hamilton.  A Peregrine Falcon seems to be a resident at Bronte Harbour as
one has been seen here on and off since the Christmas Bird Count.  Other
Snowy Owl sightings include a bird sitting atop the Home Depot at Burloak
and the QEW in Burlington today, one at Peter's Corners, a young bird
continuing at Bronte Harbour, another young bird at Windermere Basin and one
at Taywood & Appleby Line.  An interesting and hopeful report came this week
of a Killdeer heard at Dundurn and Aberdeen in Hamilton.  Last year at this
time, one was seen on the ice at LaSalle Marina.  Eastern Bluebirds were
active at Conservation Halton near Britannia and Guelph Line.  A sizable
flock of Cedar Waxwings were seen near Binkley and Governors Road last week.
An Eastern Towhee has made an extremely infrequent visit at feeders in that
general area.  Snow Buntings are starting to show up in numbers with a large
flock of over 300 on Sydenham Road last weekend.  Another small flock was
seen at Windermere Basin and a large flock was seen with two Lapland
Longspurs mixed in at Westbrook Rd. just south of Binbrook(Goodale) Rd. in
Haldimand.  Lastly, a total of 6 White-crowned Sparrows have been present at
Windermere Basin with 2 adults being nicely photographed at the bridge on
Eastport where the Red Hill Creek flows.

That's the news for this week.  The Great Back Yard Bird Count is this
weekend so please forward your sightings here!

Have a great weekend.
Cheryl Edgecombe

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