[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Dec 15 06:41:16 EST 2018


Cackling Goose
King Eider
Harlequin Duck
Wild Turkey
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Peregrine Falcon
Iceland gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush

Winter birding in the hammer just gets better.  The list is small but look
at the top!!!  We start out with the slam dunk of the week with not one but
two SLATY-BACKED GULLS being found near or at the Brantford Landfill this
week.  It started with a bird sitting on the ice at Mohawk lake which
borders the Brantford Dump on Greenwich Road.  A keen observer noticed the
bubble gum pinkish purple legs, slightly off colour mantle from a Great
Black-backed Gull and similar in size to a Herring Gull.  Pictures were
taken and circulated and a diagnosis of Slaty-backed Gull was put out to the
public.  Another observer in the area saw this gull fly back to the dump and
followed it there only to film and photograph another SLATY-BACKED GULL.
Photographic evidence showed two distinct birds with lucky observers
photographing them together at one point.  The Brantford Dump is allowing
people in and have set up a viewing area for birders to see the face of the
active garbage dump.  You must sign in at the gate and please keep in mind
that they have set up barriers for a reason.  Other gulls seen there include
Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, Glaucous and Great Black-backed Gull.  Look
also at Mohawk Lake for these beasts resting on the ice.  A Bald Eagle seems
to be causing some grief for viewers in both locations. What better holiday
tradition to start than take visiting family and friends to the Brantford
dump around the holiday season to see these two awesome birds.

FISH CROWS have been reported this past week in the area of Stoney Creek,
travelling with American Crows.  Sightings have come from Kilbourne street
close to #8 and King street and at Millen and Barton.

The other hot spot in the area which has been for some time now is Sedgewick
Park in Oakville.  Continuing this week RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS (up to 3),
HOODED WARBLER.  Last week a returning CAPE MAY WARBLER made a brief
appearance and a PINE WARBLER was photographed there.  Other birds seen here
this week include Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet and
Hermit Thrush.

In the odds and sods this week, Cackling Geese have been seen in flocks of
Canada Geese at Millen Road and in flight over Fiesta Mall in Stoney Creek.
A Harlequin Duck was reported on e-bird at the Suncor Pier at South Shell
Park last weekend.  A search for this turned up a first year male King
Eider.  Wild Turkeys were seen on the driving range along Plains Road in the
section that goes up to York Road. A Northern Goshawk was reported at Rock
Chapel Road and Sydenham on Thursday.  A Merlin was seen on London Street
South near Justine. A Peregrine Falcon was seen on a lamp post at 10th Road
east near the quarry. A Snowy Owl seems to be settling in for the winter at
Bronte Harbour, seen several times in the past week.  A Northern Shrike was
seen on Downsview Road near Guelph last week and close to here a Common
Raven was seen at Downsview Road and Concession 4.  Common Raven sightings
seem to be more frequent around the transformer area at Brant and the QEW
where they nested last year.  Lastly a single Eastern Bluebird was seen up
on the tanks at the Sewage Treatment plant at Arkendo in Oakville and
another small flock was present near the dump in Brantford seen from the
rail trail to the rear of the dump.

That's the news this week.  The South Peel Christmas Count is today so if
you are in the area of Oakville please send along your sightings here.  Get
out to your local patches to dig up goods for the Christmas Counts.  Even if
you don't participate on one, sightings from the area are still important.

Good birding!
Cheryl Edgecombe

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