[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, March 7th, 2014

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Mar 7 22:14:45 EST 2014

King Eider
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk 
Rough-legged Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Snow Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch

There is little change in the birds to be seen in Hamilton Study Area.
There is hope though that change will come soon as temperatures climb a bit.

A highlight here was up to 5 King Eiders at Bronte Harbour seen around mid
week.  Over the past couple of weeks three have been hanging around the
harbour.  Also at Bronte Harbour is a Snowy Owl which favours sitting on the
docks.  Other Snowy Owls have not been reported over the past couple of

Out on the lake, two more King Eiders were seen in the period, one at Millen
Road and another at the ship Canal.  Surf and Black Scoters were seen from
around Greys Road.  In a small patch of open water near CCIW a Red-necked
Grebe was found a couple of days ago.  Today it flew past the Centre and
landed in an open patch of water out near the building so the bird is still

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch has started at Beamer Memorial Conservation
area in Grimsby.  Obviously a slow start to the season given the lack of the
right winds but there have been a couple of Bald Eagles and three
Rough-legged Hawks in the first week of the count.  To continue with
raptors, a Red-shouldered Hawk was seen near Fiesta Mall in Stoney Creek in
the Queenston Road area.  A Merlin was seen over Dundas earlier in the week.

Some signs of spring about in a small way, numbers of Ring-billed and
Herring Gulls are continuing to build on the harbour.  American Crows seem
to be growing in numbers, good to listen out for a Fish Crow among them.
Earlier in the week a Common Raven was seen over Aldershot.  This species
should be back on nest in the quarries up in Saltfleet and on Brock Road in
Flamborough. Numbers of Horned Larks are continuing to build along with the
flocks of Snow Buntings moving around.  A good place for these is on
Fallsview Road near Sydenham and out near Ancaster along  Fiddlers Green
South (crossing over Carluke Road) as well as at intersection where
Haldibrook and Sawmill meet, then just east of Shaver in the gully, on
Sawmill.  There seem to be an abundance in this area.  A Red-winged
Blackbird was seen near Lakeshore and Verhoven on Wednesday, a sign of many
to come.

In the odds and sods, a hardy Great Blue Heron was seen over Red Hill Creek.
Two Ring-necked Pheasants were present on 10th Road East in Saltfleet north
of the tracks on the east side. A Northern Shrike was also present here.  A
few hardy Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to be present near Snug Harbour in
Port Credit.  It is an odd place for these to winter yet it seems to be a
yearly event.  This winter may change their minds for next year!  An Eastern
Towhee made a one day appearance at a feeder near Sawmill Road in Ancaster,
perhaps an overwintering bird moving around. A female Purple Finch has been
a guest at a house near Deer Run Ct in Brantford over the past week.  Look
for more of this species to come as they pass back to the north.

That's the news for this week, please report your sightings, its bound to
get better.  Don't forget to turn the clocks on Saturday.  

Good birding!
Cheryl Edgecombe

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