[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Thu Dec 31 21:39:10 EST 2015


Snow Goose
Wood Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Harlequin Duck
King Eider
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Tufted Titmouse
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird

Well the top of the list is packed with punch for the HSA.  There are some
great rarities and great winter birds lurking in the HSA.  We will start
with the sighting of a GREAT CORMORANT from atop a condo at the end of Green
Road last weekend.  The bird was seen around 8:30 am on the 26th and again
(more identifiable) at 10:30 a.m. on the same day.  The bird appears to be a
second winter bird.  There are probably more cormorants around this year
than most due to the lack of freeze up but this is a bird that is in the
area and could turn up anywhere.  Also seen on the same day was an immature
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE.  The west end of the lake is worth a look as
Harlequin Ducks continue to be seen around Crenona Road in Grimsby as of
December 24th and King Eiders were seen as recently as today at Fruitland
Road.  A couple of Wood Ducks were flybys at Green Road on count day on
December 26th.  

Continuing in the winter rarities department, a couple of MARSH WRENS were
present at the Dundas Hydro Ponds in the week.  These were accessed walking
the trail which skirts the Desjardins Canal off Olympic Drive.  

A BLUE-HEADED VIREO continues at the sewage treatment plant just north of
Arkendo Road in Mississauga.  At Sedgewick Park in Oakville this week up
seen.  On the South Peel Count on the 18th, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush and
Yellow-rumped Warbler were noted.  A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen at Sedgewick
on the South Peel Count on December 19th, but not reported since.

A PINE WARBLER seems to be a sporadic one-day wonder at a feeder in east

Another surprise on Christmas Day was a second hand report of a
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER seen in the north end of the HSA in Guelph in
the Woodland Glen area of Guelph.  This bird has not been reported since.

One of the winter hotspots this year is Olympic Arena in Dundas.  Two Tufted
Titmice continue to be seen coming into feeders along the trail at the
second hydro right of way.  Also seen this week were Common Grackle, Fox,
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow.  If you park behind the arena,
turn left and walk east along the hydro right of way and then turn south
just before the creek and head through the woodlot, these birds can be seen
coming into feeding stations along the route. Another species noted here was
Northern Flicker. If you have extra seed, its most appreciated.  

In the odds and sods this week, a blue Snow Goose has been seen at 50 Point
Conservation Area.  Wild Turkeys were seen on 2nd Road east south of Ridge
Road.  A roving mixed flock of Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds has been
making appearances in this general area as well.  Another Harlequin Duck was
seen on the South Peel Count near Lorne Park on December 19th.  Surely this
bird covers a wide area along this lakeshore. Common Loons and Red-necked
Grebes were seen in the area of LaSalle Marina.  Another Red-necked Grebe
was seen from Fifty Road.  A Black-crowned Night Heron was seen on the South
Peel Count near Bronte Creek. The traditional roost of wintering Turkey
Vultures seems to be centred near Jerseyville being seen on Powerline and
Field Road over the past two days. Merlins are wintering in the area with
birds being seen over Dundas and in Bronte. The Peregrine Falcons are still
holding territory at the lift bridge.  Sandhill Cranes were a lovely
Christmas Day surprise over 11th Concession East in Flamborough.  A pure
white Snowy Owl was seen on the way home from Christmas festivities at the
Centennial exit at the QEW.  Pileated Woodpecker was a good count bird at a
home in Rock Chapel in Flamborough.  These birds have also been reported at
the back of Olympic Arena. A Northern Shrike was noted today on 10th Road
East between Green Mountain and Ridge Road.  Common Ravens were also present
in this area and on 5th Road East in Saltfleet.  Lastly, a Red-winged
Blackbird showed up in Grimsby, I am sure as the cold settles in, more of
these will be seen at feeders.  

It's time to start a new list.  Please keep me informed of your sightings! 

All the best in the 2016.  Good birds, health and happiness and for goodness
sakes, let's try to keep up with Ottawa!!!!!

Happy New Year!!
Cheryl Edgecombe

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