[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, December 13th, 2014
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Dec 13 07:04:06 EST 2014
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
The Christmas Bird Count Period starts this weekend and I think that the
Hamilton Study Area has unique offerings for the counts. Looking at the top
of the list, we have now added a 7th species of Warbler to the mix. The
find of the week was down at Bayfront Park where the action was a few years
ago with the warblers. This week a PALM WARBLER was found at Bayfront Park
originally near the boat ramp and then moving around a wide range from the
east side of the park on the east side of the beach where it was seen
yesterday to along the waterfront trail where it was seen two days ago.
Bayfront Park is located at the end of Bay Street in Hamilton. Other birds
noted there were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, Cackling Goose, Pied-billed Grebe,
Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Black-crowned Night Heron, Bald Eagle,
Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Iceland and Glaucous Gull,
Great Black-backed Gull. An interesting sight in the week was a Peregrine
Falcon dive bombing a Snowy Owl which tried to take shelter in a small bush
but would end up on the waterfront trail. The owl was last seen flying off
across the water so was not injured.
Our other warblers are still at Sedgewick Park in Oakville with the
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, WILSON'S and two ORANGE CROWNEDS being reported
through the week. Unfortunately the NORTHERN PARULA has not been seen since
last Saturday. Other birds present at Sedgewick include Brown Creeper,
Winter Wren (up to 4), RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (2), Hermit Thrush and
Yellow-rumped Warbler. Just west of Sedgewick at Coronation Park, a Brant
has been present up until last weekend and a Snow Goose joined it last
Sunday. There have been no reports of the Brant in the past days but it
could still be there.
PLEASE NOTE FOR ACCESS TO SEDGEWICK PARK THERE IS NO PARKING IN THE JEHOVAH
WITNESS PARKING LOT ON SUNDAY. Access to Sedgwick Park must be gained
through the entrance to the park at the end of Hixon.
To end out the rarities, study of a photograph of Common Redpolls from
Bronte Marsh revealed a probable HOARY REDPOLL in the group seen at Bronte
Marsh mid-week. Common Redpolls have been reported from Bronte Creek
Provincial Park and LaSalle Park as well this week.
In the odds and sods this week, four more Snow Geese were seen at the
extreme east end of the Hamilton Study Area at Port Credit Harbour. A
Red-necked Grebe was seen off Eastport Drive near Windermere Basin with the
same or other reported near LaSalle Marina. Great Blue Heron and
Black-crowned Night Herons can be seen at the Red Hill Outlet off Eastport
Drive. Northern Harrier, possibly two were seen on Sydenham near Fallsview
up in Flamborough. A Snowy Owl continues to be seen at Bronte Harbour as of
yesterday. A Belted Kingfisher was rattling along the Red Hill Outlet at
Eastport last weekend, not too many of these around for winter listers. A
juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker made a brief appearance at a feeder near
Ancaster early in the week but not seen since. Northern Shrike was reported
from the traditional spot of 10th Road East. A Gray Catbird has been seen
sporadically up on 11th Concession East in Flamborough but not with
consistency. A Common Raven and Eastern Bluebirds were seen yesterday on
Mountainview Road in Grimsby. A Red-winged Blackbird was at the feeders
behind Olympic arena with a Brown-headed Cowbird present at a feeder in east
Burlington. The feeder bird of the week was a female White-winged Crossbill
seen briefly at a feeder on Hillview in Grimsby on Thursday. Pine Siskins
are still being reported at a feeder in South Burlington.
There is lots to report these coming weeks as people get out for the
Christmas Bird Counts, please report your sightings here and I can pass them
on to the co-ordinators.
Have a great week.
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