[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sun Aug 20 21:31:15 EDT 2017


Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Chimney Swift
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Baltimore Oriole

Well it's been very quiet here in the Hammer and area.  People are starting
to ask if I am still doing this report so thought I would put one out to
update the people.

This past week has been a little more active than others.  Today a WESTERN
SANDPIPER was found at Windermere Basin while doing a shorebird survey in
the back.  Unfortunately, this area is not accessible without a permit and
the bird flushed and could not be refound.  This said, Windermere Basin's
water levels are being lowered for some repairs so there will be alot more
mud to look at soon and some of these birds may appear closer and be able to
be seen from the lookout.  Out there today however was a RED KNOT (likely
one of the two birds seen at Tollgate Ponds earlier in the morning), Stilt
Sandpiper, Least, Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green
Heron along with a variety of ducks including Redhead, Lesser Scaup,
Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler and Hooded Merganser.  Earlier in the
week, a Wilson's Phalarope and White-rumped Sandpipers were seen.  Most of
the Common Terns are gone from here now with only two being seen today and
the number of Caspian Terns are dropping slowly as well. Daily checks of
this locale are warranted. 

Nearby at Tollgate Pond today, two RED KNOTS were seen near the large tubes
in the north west corner and an adult Sanderling also made an appearance
along the berm.  A Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was tucked in the
corner and two Canvasbacks, unusual birds at this time of year were also

In keeping with shorebirds a new location on 8th Line north of Britannia and
South of Derry, brought in a Baird's Sandpiper today along with Least,
Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpipers.  

For those wishing a variety further afield, Townsend Sewage Lagoons,
slightly out of the HSA, holds the same mix of shorebirds as above but
including Solitary Sandpiper.  A spectacle to behold at Townsend was the
gathering of approx 450 Purple Martins and in the surrounding grasses, 45
Bobolinks. A good number of Purple Martins were viewed over a neighbourhood
in Brantford as well this week. It's nice to see both these species doing so

FISH CROW is in the news again.  A FISH CROW was seen flying and calling
with two other Crows along the Winona shoreline at Barton and Fruitland.
Birds were also reported from Sioux Lookout the week before last.

In the odds and sods, a Common Goldeneye was seen off Sayer's Park on August
15th, an interesting summer record.  A Merlin was viewed having dinner at
the corner of Guelph Line and New Street last evening, this is likely one of
the pair that breeds locally.  A Red-shouldered Hawk was seen at Kirkwall
and Hwy 87 today. A "Big Sit" at Woodland Cemetery yielded good numbers of
Chimney Swifts, Barn Swallows and a light hawk flight on Saturday.  Orioles
also seem to be turning up in numbers on yard lists as they are early

Warblers and other passerines should be lurking in the woodlots, get out to
your local patch.  With Jaegers on the lake east of us, the next east winds
should produce some action at the beach.  Make sure to send your sightings

Good birding
Cheryl Edgecombe

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