[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Aug 13 21:08:33 EDT 2016


Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart

It's been a relatively quiet week here in the Hamilton Study Area.
Oppressive heat and humidity have made it hard for birds and birders to get
motivated to move.  There were two continuing rarities seen though.  The
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was seen sleeping in a crowd of Double-crested
Cormorants on North Island off Eastport Drive last Sunday.  The bird is
likely still around but you have to be patient and a little crazy to look
through the hundreds of cormorants to see it.  The long staying SNOWY EGRET
was last reported last Monday but could still be in the area although not
seen on a thorough check of the basin Friday.

Windermere Basin is still the place to be for shorebirds.  This week
Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Least, White-rumped , Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper
were all seen.  A group of 15 Short-billed Dowitchers seen on Friday may
have contained a Long-billed, hard to tell at a great distance.  A neat
report late in the week was of an Upland Sandpiper calling at dawn over the
basin midweek.  

Nearby at VanWagners Beach, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling and Ruddy
Turnstone were birds of note.

At Red Hill Creek stormwater pond, two Great Egrets were present along with
Greater Yellowlegs.

At Windermere and Tollgate pond mid-week a high count of 70 Black-crowned
Night Herons were present with one actually swimming in the water.  Its a
good time to look for Yellow-crowned Night Heron in the mix.

Passerine migrants are starting to trickle in.  A Red-headed Woodpecker was
seen in the Hendrie Valley.  A Northern Waterthrush was also photographed
here.  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Black-and-White Warbler and American
Redstart were birds reported from Shoreacres in Burlington.  A Common
Nighthawk was a good yard bird on Strathcona in Hamilton, more of these to
come in the next weeks.  

In the odds and sods. the two families of Redheads totalling 12 are doing
well at Windermere Basin.  Last Saturday off Sayers Park, a Surf Scoter,
White-winged Scoter and Common Loon were out of season finds.  Today Common
Merganser and Long-tailed Duck were seen from Confederation park.  Ospreys
were seen flying over Windermere Basin and at Shoreacres today.  Several
small flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls (all adults) were seen from Sayers Park in
Stoney Creek on northwest winds last weekend.  A Great Black-backed Gull was
a notable find on the beach at VanWagners.  Growing flocks of Chimney Swifts
can be seen at the local expected haunts, good to note numbers and date last

That's the news for this week, second attempt at this report as I had it
typed and hit delete by accident on a new computer.......

Have a great week, please report your sightings, things will be moving soon.

Good birding
Cheryl Edgecombe

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