[Ontbirds] Hamilton Natualists Club Birding Report - Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Sep 3 07:36:38 EDT 2016


White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Great Egret
Green Heron
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
American Kestrel
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Traill's Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Golden-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

This week has definitely seen an increase in birds and species diversion
here in the Hamilton Study Area.  There were no super-rarities but there
were birds of note.  The MARBLED GODWIT was reported until about mid-week
when the cold front moved through and then disappeared.  A RED KNOT was seen
at North Island and at Tollgate Pond up until mid-week, could have been same
bird but could have been two.  Yesterday, a group of Sanderling were flying
past Lakeland with a different looking darker bird in the group.  Photos
were taken and a neat surprise juvenile RED PHALAROPE was at the lead of the
pack.  An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported at Shoreacres in Burlington last
weekend and yesterday an unusual fall migrant here.  Lastly a female
CERULEAN WARBLER was seen at Edgelake Park where the bulk of the warblers
have been seen migrating this week.

Shorebirds continue to be in the forefront.  At Windermere Basin,
Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, a one day wonder
Whimbrel on Thursday, Semipalmated, Least Baird's, Pectoral Sandpiper and
Short-billed Dowitcher.  At nearby Tollgate Pond this week, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and up to 7
Red-necked Phalaropes have been seen.  A scope is definitely needed and
viewing is challenged here with distance.  At the Red Hill Stormwater Pond
20+ Stilt Sandpipers have been seen in the week, strangely enough this being
the only locale where they were recorded.  A couple Greater Yellowlegs also
here making the mix a little different than other places.  As is traditional
this time of year Buff Breasted Sandpipers have started to move into the sod
farms in the south of the HSA, south of Mount Hope.  Last Sunday, a group of
7 were photographed at 393 Greens Road along with a late departing Upland
Sandpiper.  To round out shorebirds three lovely adult American Golden
Plover were seen in a wet field on Michigan Ave which is east of Burloak and
north of Rebecca Street in Burlington.  

Passerines have started to move with warbler migration well under way. Birds
reported from Fifty Point in Grimsby, Edgelake in Stoney Creek, Churchill
Park in Hamilton and Shoreacres in Burlington include, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied, Traill's and Least Flycatcher, Eastern
Kingbird, Swainson's Thrush, Golden-winged (Edgelake), Black-and white,
Nashville, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart,
Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Canada and
Wilson's Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and Baltimore Oriole.  I am sure there are
species to add to this mix.

In the odds and sods, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser and Common Loon
were noted at a lake watch at Lakeland yesterday morning.  Fourteen Great
Egrets were reported at Cootes Paradise with another 3 or so at Red Hill
Pond.  A Green Heron has been a favourite photographic subject as it sits
close to the lookout most days at Windermere Basin.  A small hawk migration
over south Burlington included Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin
and American Kestrel.  Expect these numbers and species to increase in the
next two weeks.  Four Bonaparte's Gulls were sitting on the mud at
Windermere Basin yesterday morning.  A Chimney Swift whizzed past this
birders house early in the week, I have not seen them for some time.  Common
Nighthawks continue to fly through being seen over Hamilton this week.

Start stocking feeders and hummingbird feeders, now is the time to get some
good yard birds moving through.  Please send your sightings here!

Have a great long weekend.
Cheryl Edgecombe

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