[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club BIrding Report - Friday, March 11th, 2016

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Mar 11 21:39:35 EST 2016


Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Snowy Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee (early record!)
Fox Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Pine Siskin

Well, there's no argument, spring has arrived in the Hamilton Study area.
It's been a great week for early migrants and some records have been broken
here.  The biggest phenomenon of the week is the number of GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE passing through the area.  We were lucky to have a small
number pass through in the winter but this week there have been smaller
flocks of birds seen on 8th Road east and just off of 30 Road in Grimsby
(8-9 birds).  Not a record but a significant number of birds (at least
forty) have been seen in the Dry Lake area in the south of the circle over
the past two days.  

A TREE SWALLOW was a very early migrant over Princess Point earlier in the
week, lots more to come probably tomorrow.

The PALM WARBLER has successfully overwintered at Sedgewick Park along with
its entourage of Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and
Golden-crowned Kinglet.

The sounds of spring are breathtaking.  Tundra swans in the thousands passed
through the area all week with larger numbers at the beginning of the week.
Today, small flocks were seen in the fields in Saltfleet.  It's lovely to
hear them first and then see them as they head on their way.  The numbers of
waterfowl in the fields in Saltfleet are staggering.  Gadwall, American
Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail (in significant
numbers) and Green-winged Teal were all seen in flooded fields from Grimsby
to Stoney Creek up on the mountain.  Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were
present in the quarry pond on Green Mountain Road between 10th and 11th Road

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area has
started in earnest this week.  Recorded over the week were many Turkey
Vultures, Bald Eagles, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, our first of
season Red-shouldered Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks in numbers, Rough-legged Hawk,
American Kestrel and Merlin.  Non raptors include Tundra Swans, Killdeer,
Common Raven and of course Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles.  Two
Eastern Bluebirds were welcome guests.

In the odds and sods, a male Ring-necked Pheasant has been seen in the corn
field on the east side of 10th Road East just south of Ridge Road.  Common
Loons were reported over Greensville and at LaSalle Marina.  A Pied-billed
Grebe was seen near Bronte Harbour.  Several Red-necked Grebes have made a
return to the harbour.  Horned Grebes were seen from LaSalle Marina today.
Double-crested Cormorants were coming in today, extremely early for this
species. Three Bald Eagles were seen sailing over Cootes Paradise earlier in
the week.  Killdeer have made a return with their all too familiar cries a
welcome sign of spring.  American Woodcocks could be heard peenting and
twittering at the RBG property at York Road and up at the Eramosa Karst.  A
Snowy Owl has made a temporary stopover on the islands at LaSalle Marina.  A
Northern Shrike was heard singing today on 10th Road east.  Common Ravens
were seen at the 403 and Waterdown Road.  A Hermit Thrush was seen at
McMaster Forest mid-week.  An Eastern Towhee was an extra early migrant
showing up at a feeder in Brantford today.  A Fox Sparrow made an unexpected
appearance at the Rona Wetlands, perhaps an overwintering bird which has
decided it's safe to come out.  Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles
were everywhere this week, spreading their songs of joy.  A Rusty Blackbird
was found amongst them in a mixed flock up in Saltfleet.  Lastly, lingering
Pine Siskins were seen at a feeder in Carlisle.

Thats the news for this week.  This weekend will bring in more goodies, be
sure to sort through them all.  If a Bean Goose can show up anything can


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