[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, August 11, 2018
cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Aug 11 08:33:57 EDT 2018
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
Black-crowned Night Heron
Well this has been quite the week in the Hamilton Study Area. The highlight
of the week has been probably the most co-operative LONG-TAILED JAEGER ever
in the province. It would be interesting to note how many got this as a
life bird this week. The bird was refound last Friday, after being seen
earlier in the week, on the beach at Confederation Park by the granddaughter
of a Hamilton Birder. An inquisitive and perhaps budding birder of the age
of 6 asked her dad what kind of bird it was as it looked different.
Pictures were taken and sent to Grandpa for an identification. Lo and
behold, this beautiful adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER would spend the next 6 days
in various locations on the beach, in parking lots and out on the lake
chasing gulls and making close flybys delighting the many people who came
down for it. It was even a guest at the wedding I attended as it stunned us
with gripping views as we were sipping cocktails on the patio at Lakeland.
The bird was seen up until Thursday but with the change in the winds, may
have moved on. Other Jaeger Sp. were seen on east winds yesterday so it's
that time of year to come to Hamilton.
Not to be outdone, two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS continue to be seen in
the Hamilton Study Area. The bird at Windermere is a little more difficult
and distant to see but was still there on Thursday. The Cambridge bird
located on Beaverdale Road near the Mill Run Trail where the bridge crosses
the water is giving stunningly great views as of this morning.
Shorebirds are on the move. A good place if you are up in the Cambridge
area is at Ellicot Landing in the village of Hespeler. Semipalmated Plover,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Semipalmated, Least and Pectoral
Sandpipers were all seen here last Sunday. A Stilt Sandpiper was seen up
until Saturday. Another location for shorebirds (with scope) is Tollgate
Pond off Eastport in Hamilton. Here Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Semipalmated, Least and White-rumped Sandpiper and Sanderling were noted
here. Sanderling and a Ruddy Turnstone were seen along the beach from
Another new location checked this week was Neibauer's Marsh on Wellington
Road 32 near Guelph. Here were a number of breeding pairs of Common Moorhen
a bird not common here in the Hamilton Study Area. Many families of Wood
Duck and Pied-billed Grebes were also found here.
In the odds and sods, a count of the herons from the High Level Bridge at
the roost yielded 15 Great Egrets, a number of Black-crowned Night Herons
and a Green Heron. This would be a great place for another wayward heron or
Spoonbill!! to come in and roost for the night. Ruffed Grouse were flushed
along the River and Ruins trail (part of the Bruce Trail) near Lowville on
Thursday. Also seen there were Nashville and Bay-breasted Warbler. The
Bay-breasted Warbler is a definite migrant so as August progresses
passerines will become more of the picture. A Merlin was a guest hawking
insects over the Merrrick Orchard in the Dundas Valley and in a St. George
yard on Thursday.
Now is the time to be out looking in local patches and beyond for any
wandering birds. There are rare herons roaming about and a Roseate
Spoonbill in Quebec. Report your sightings here!
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