[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Jun 3 18:01:09 EDT 2017


American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Little Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Forster's Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Blue-winged x Golden-winged Warbler
Palm Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Orchard Oriole

This week's list looks like it should be from Florida.  It's been an
interesting week for sure with a few surprises.  Bird of the week hands down
was a flyover of an ANHINGA at a yard west of Campbellville last Sunday.
The bird was high and moving in a southwest direction.  It has to be
somewhere so check your local ponds!  Another lucky observer of the week had
an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and a CATTLE EGRET do a flyby past the office
window at Canada Centre for Inland Waters.  The CATTLE EGRET did not
resurface but to add to this Pelican (which may be the one seen a week ago),
six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen soaring over Cootes Paradise last
night and lo and behold were there again this morning before they moved out.
They could return to this location.

Shorebirds are not out of the picture yet.  A Greater Yellowlegs is almost
record late as this first summer bird appears to have settled in a 5th Road
East.  Other birds here this week include Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated
and White-rumped Sandpiper.  At Windermere Basin, a Dunlin and Ruddy
Turnstone found some space to move in the high waters there this morning.
Two stunning Black-bellied Plover were seen on Michigan Ave which is just
off of Great Lakes Blvd in Oakville earlier in the week.  At 8th Line and
Britannia today, four Black-bellied Plover, a few Semipalmated Sandpipers
and a White-rumped Sandpiper were present. The Upland Sandpiper can still be
found on South Grimsby 15.  It was on the east side in the shorter grass
south of Mud Street.

Most of the birds have settled into breeding territories.  Migrants recorded
this week were a Brant seen flying west from Saddington Park in Mississauga,
Common Nighthawks over Grimsby, an Olive-sided Flycatcher heard at the
Headwaters trail in the Dundas Valley today and a female Connecticut Warbler
which gave birders a run for their money last Tuesday at Shoreacres/Paletta
in Burlington. 

In the odds and sods, lingering waterfowl reported from Windermere Basin
include Northern Pintail, Redhead, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck.
An American Wigeon was seen at Tollgate Pond.  An adult and first summer
Forster's Tern continued at Bronte Harbour along with some Bonaparte's Gulls
and a second hand report of 5 Little Gulls.  Yellow-billed and Black-billed
Cuckoos are in good supply.  The caterpillars in the Dundas Valley are
providing a great deal of food for these beasts and you should come out of
there with one or both cuckoos under your belt, along with a few ticks.
Yellow-billed Cuckoos were also reported at Rock Chapel. A Wood Thrush was
singing heartily after the rain at Tuck Creek, this could be a migrant as it
would be an unusual breeding place for this species to breed.  Blue-winged
and Blue-wingedxGolden-winged Warblers are setting up shop at the Cartwright
Property owned by the HNC and at McMaster Forest.  A Palm Warbler made a
good late record acting territorially at a residence in Stoney Creek up
until May 30th.  Louisiana Waterthrush was heard singing in the traditional
area of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area today.  Lastly a few Orchard
Orioles have been reported, one reliable individual up on 5th Road east and
another found at Cityview Park in Burlington.

That's the news for this week.  Keep getting out to the local patches and
try somewhere new, there are still birds to be found and refound here in the
Hamilton Study Area.

Good Birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe

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