[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, December 5th, 2014

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Dec 5 21:15:55 EST 2014


PURPLE SANDPIPER
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
TENNESEE WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
WILSON'S WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA


Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Barrows x Common Goldeneye
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Rough-legged Hawk
Killdeer
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Snow Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Well 2014 is in the home stretch and winter listers are out scouring around
for hits on the winter list.  The location of the birds at the top of this
week's list once again is from the same place three years running now.
Sedgewick Park in Oakville is ideal for attracting warblers that missed the
migration boat this time of year.  Over the past few years a total of nine
species of warbler have been seen at this location.  This year, TENNESSEE,
ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, WILSON'S WARBLER and NORTHERN PARULA are the
highlights there.  The sixth species of warbler there is Yellow-rumped, a
little more common than the above.  Other highlights include Brown Creeper,
Winter Wren, Golden-crowned and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, Hermit Thrush,
White-crowned Sparrow and Red-winged Blackbird.  Another ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER is present in the goldenrod at the Suncor Pier in Oakville just east
of here.

PLEASE NOTE the Jehovah's Witness has given permission for birders to park
on their property which is located on the east side of the park just east of
the sewage treatment plant and Coronation Park on Lakeshore road however
please DO NOT, under any circumstances, use the parking lot on Sunday at any
time. Please respect their wishes as they are kind enough to allow parking
at other times in the week for easy access to the park. They could change
their minds and start towing vehicles if rules are not obeyed. On Sundays
access can be gained through the entrance to the park located at the end of
Hixon Road east of Third Line. 

Geese seem to be a theme this week as well, if you can find them.  The two
Greater White-fronted Geese seen last weekend at LaSalle Marina showed up on
the lawn at Bayfront Park on Wednesday.  Along with them a Cackling Goose
which remained there until today.  A Brant has been seen in several
locations along the Oakville Burlington lakeshore (Coronation Park, Bronte
Harbour, Burloak Park, Shoreacres/Paletta) with the location last couple of
days being Coronation Park.  There may be more than one roaming around. A
Snow Goose has been seen somewhat consistently at the Satellite Golf Course
at Centennial and Mud street up on the mountain in Hamilton but the bird
does fly in and out of there with the group of Canada's and can be missed
easily.

In the odds and sods this week, four Tundra Swans were present on the east
side of LaSalle Park last weekend.  A Barrows x Common Goldeneye Hybrid was
found yesterday off Confederation Park.  Red-throated Loon, Common Loon and
Horned Grebe have all been seen on the Hamilton Bay from Bayfront Park and
Canada Centre for Inland Waters. A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at Rock Chapel
in Flamborough. A Killdeer was present on the shores of the pond at
Confederation park today.  A highlight for this birder last weekend was a
PURPLE SANDPIPER found on the west side of the Suncor Pier last Sunday
offering excellent photo opportunities. At dusk down at Bayfront Park,
Bonaparte's, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed Gull were seen.  At
Bronte Harbour both Iceland and Glaucous Gulls have been seen on the shoal
down at Bronte Beach.  Snowy Owls were reported from Tollgate Pond,
Confederation Park and the Suncor Pier in Oakville this week.  The
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is still lurking about at the woodlot behind
Olympic Arena. A group of about 100 Snow Buntings were seen across the road
from the Satellite Golf Course today. Finally keep your feeders stocked as
Pine Siskins are still moving through the area with one being seen at Rock
Chapel in the week. 

That's the news for the week.  Please send along your sightings, anything
can happen this time of year.

Happy Winter Listing
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC







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