[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, April, 24th, 2015

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Apr 24 22:30:59 EDT 2015


Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Horned Grebe
American Bittern
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Little Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Field Sparrow

It's been a little quiet this week with numbers but it's all quality here in
the HSA.  This week's rarities include an EURASIAN WIGEON found today,
slightly out of the Hamilton Study Area at Townsend Sewage Lagoons but close
enough to claim as ours.   Probably the biggest highlight of the week was a
lovely flock of AMERICAN AVOCETS (24) found originally flying over the
Suncor Pier but circling back to land on the west pier of Bronte Harbour in
Oakville where they remained for the day and overnight.  What a spectacular
sight.  Other great birds found at the same location were Common Terns,
Forster's Tern, Bonaparte's Gulls in large numbers, and a Little Gull.
Another Little Gull which are not that common in the HSA was seen at the end
of Green Road early in the week.  To round up the rarities, the HARRIS'S
SPARROW was seen again on the south side of the Sheldon Creek Trail in
Oakville where it had originally been found.  

In the unusual department a Dunlin was seen and photographed at Van Wagners
Beach that is potentially of a subspecies is rare to this area (no details
further on this).

Migrants this week include an influx of Black-crowned Night Herons (25)
found on the islands off Eastport Drive.  American Bittern, Virginia Rail
and Sora were all heard at Kerncliffe Park in Burlington.  Spotted Sandpiper
was seen at LaSalle Marina today.  Upland Sandpipers were seen up in
Saltfleet this week, a welcome sign of spring.   Birds were seen on the east
mountain including 4 at a location from last year on South Grimsby Road 15
south of Mud Road.    Greater Yellowlegs have increased in numbers.
Twenty-five were seen at 8th Line and Britannia today and some were also
seen up in Saltfleet on 5th Road East south of Powerline and north of Green
Mountain.  Up to 50 Wilson's Snipe were counted here on 5th Road East mid

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby fell slightly flat this week, north winds are not impressing the
raptors trying to get through.  Birds moving through this week were Turkey
Vultures, Sharp-shinned Hawk (in numbers) and a smattering of Broad-winged
Hawks.  There are more to come for sure, this weekend could be good.

In the odds and sods this week, Trumpeter Swans and a lingering Tundra Swan
were seen at Neibauer's Marsh today.  Eight Horned Grebes were present off
LaSalle Marina.  At Sedgewick Park today, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Hermit
Thrush were noted, these early migrants will be clearing out on the next
wave.  Several Field Sparrows were singing this morning at Rock Chapel in

Another change in the weather is needed to bring more birds in.  No excuses
though, go out and find what's out there!  Report your sightings here!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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