[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 6th, 2015

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Feb 6 16:45:09 EST 2015


Snow Goose
American Wigeon
Black Scoter
Common Loon
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Snow Buntings
Lapland Longspur
White-crowned Sparrow
Common Redpoll

Not too much happening here in the Hamilton Study Area but thought I would
put out the report for what is here.  The landscape is constantly changing
so things will start to mix again, there is hope.

The winter star is still around although it is hard to imagine how such a
bird could survive the cold nights.  The PAINTED BUNTING is still being seen
at the feeder along the ravine best accessed at the end of Arkendo in
Oakville.  Also of note a GRAY CATBIRD seems to be making it through the
winter at a feeder set up on 11th Concession East in Flamborough.  Another
great find was a SAVANNAH SPARROW in a group of American Tree Sparrows at
Great Lakes Blvd and Rebecca last Saturday.  A White-crowned Sparrow and
Common Redpolls were also present here.

There are certain expected movements at this time of year.  Horned Larks,
Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs seem to move in force starting in
February.  This week a significant flock was seen along Jerseyville Road
just east of Lynden Road.  The majority of the flock were Snow Buntings but
if you were lucky enough to get them to come close to the road, there were a
number of Horned Larks and a few Lapland Longspurs in the mix.  Another
smaller flock was seen near Dyments Farm on Fallsview Road in the past
couple of days.  Horned Larks and two Lapland Longspurs accompanied the
flock here.

Another movement of birds is Common Redpolls.  Several flocks were seen in
the HSA this week including at the RBG Arboretum, on Millborough Town Line
near Mountsberg, in the weedy field near Great Lakes Blvd and Rebecca and at
Saddington Park in Mississauga.

In the odds and sods this week, a Snow Goose continues to be seen among the
thousands of Canada Geese here.  There are various access points along the
lakeshore.  A pair of American Wigeon are still at the Desjardins Canal in
Dundas.  A female Black Scoter was photographed east of the lift bridge, one
of a few still lurking.  A Common Loon flew past Canada Centre for Inland
Waters likely coming from the open water of the lake.  This year's Turkey
Vulture roost seems to be in Jerseyville where up to 12 were seen mid-town
coming into roost across from the general store.  Up to 8 Bald Eagles were
seen on the frozen bay today.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk caught the attention of
this driver on the 403 near Waterdown Road.  Merlins look to be setting up
shop near Howe Ave where they have nested previously.  This bird was seen at
Warren and McElroy a short distance away as the Merlin flies.  Common Raven
sightings continue with one photographed near Glen Morris and two more in a
barrel roll on Campbellville Road near Mountsberg.  Eastern Bluebirds were
seen at Taquanyah C.A. down in the south of the city.  A hardy Hermit Thrush
was photographed in the northernmost parking lot at Fifty Point C.A..  

That's the news for the week, winter listers are looking to bump up their
lists for the seasons so if you see anything unusual, report your sightings

Stay warm.
Cheryl Edgecombe

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