[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday June 26, 2015

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Jun 26 23:03:35 EDT 2015

On Friday, June 26th, 2015 this is the HNC Birding Report


American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Egret
Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Black and White Warbler
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Canada Warbler
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Summer birding seems slow sometimes but there is always something to talk
about in the Hamilton Study Area.  This week a few good birds mixed  in with
some interesting breeders make for good birding here.  

This week the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN seems to have set up a summer home
here.  It has been seen most often near  Hickory Island out in Cootes
Paradise but yesterday decided to change it up and join a frenzy of gulls
and Cormorants out in Hamilton Harbour near Canada Centre for Inland Waters.
Today it was seen flying around over Woodland Cemetery.  The SNOWY EGRET was
last seen last weekend along the creek at the Windermere Basin.  This week's
pleasant surprise was 2 adult and one first summer BLACK TERN.  Although not
a provincial rarity they have become scarce in the Hamilton Study area.
They were present yesterday morning but have not been seen since.

Windermere Basin continues to be a point of interest  for birders.
Summering Ducks found this week were American Wigeon, Northern Pintail,
Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, An
American Coot was looking suspicious as if it were nesting as it was sitting
tight to the same clump of weeks.  Jury is out on this one.  Lingering
shorebirds this week include a Dunlin seen up until today and over the week
up to four Semipalmated Sandpipers.  During the time that the Snowy Egret
was present, a Great Egret made its presence for a couple of days.  A
Bonaparte's Gull has been an on and off visitor here as well.  

The lift bridge Peregrine Falcons have fledged the nest.  The two males were
seen early in the week with the female staying a day or two extra then

A highlight this week was a trip to Valens Conservation Area where Virginia
Rail, Eastern Bluebird, Black-and-White Warbler and Purple Finch were all
heard on territory.

In the odds and sods this week, a Redhead was seen at Bayfront Park in
Hamilton.  A Common Merganser was photographed at LaSalle marina.  Two
Red-breasted Mergansers were seen flying past Fifty Road this morning.  Five
fledgling Green Herons were seen in the Hendrie Valley.  both Yellow-billed
and Black-billed Cuckoo were yard birds in Dundas near the Dundas Valley
Conservation Area.  Hooded Warblers have successfully nested in the
traditional spot near Martin 's Lane in Ancaster.  Canada Warbler continue
to be heard and seen up on Lennon Road in North Flamborough, a traditional
spot for these to nest.  Pine Siskins seem to be nesting in the Hamilton
Area this year with birds continuing at feeders in a few spots in the area
including East Hamilton, West Hamilton and Glen Morris. 

This weather system will prove interesting with high winds and  rain.  It
could bring something interesting to the area.  If you are hardy enough to
go out, report your sightings here!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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