[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Sat Dec 21 09:10:31 EST 2019


Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
King Eider
Common Goldeneye
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Common Loon
Turkey Vulture
Snowy Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Peregrine Falcon
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Tufted Titmouse
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Common Grackle
Fox Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Evening Grosbeak

Its a little quieter this year than most for birds, most have cleared out
and are thankfully spending winter in warmer climes.  Results from Christmas
bird counts around the province seem to echo this.  There are still a few
goodies about and the Hamilton Christmas Bird Count is on December 26th so
count week begins in a couple of days.  As always we will start from the

Twice this week a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE has been seen amongst the
thousands of Canada Geese at the Hespeler Mill Pond. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
male and female have been seen intermittently with flocks of Common
Goldeneye at the end of Grays Road and into Confederation Park although
there have been no reports in the last few days, perhaps birders getting
Christmas shopping done.  The SLATY-BACKED GULL at Mohawk Lake in Brantford
has not been seen this week but was seen last week perhaps it is now the one
showing in the Niagara Region or in London.  At Sedgewick Park in Oakville,
two RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and the WILSON'S WARBLER were seen through the
week.  Two GRAY CATBIRDS were seen last Sunday at the east end of
Confederation Park.  

The South Peel Christmas Count was conducted last Saturday in dismal rainy
conditions.  Some highlights from the HSA include four Tundra Swans and two
Northern Pintails in a field along Fourth Line south of Omagh, a Snow Goose
at Forth Line and Lower Base Road and an Evening Grosbeak was heard over
MacEwan House at Riverwood Conservancy where one wintered last year.

In the odds and sods, four Tundra Swans were seen yesterday over Walker's
Line and Harvester Road.  A Northern Pintail and three Green-winged Teal
were seen in the Red Hill Creek outlet from the viewing platform of
Windermere Basin.  The King Eider was seen last week at the Burlington Ship
Canal but seems to have moved on or somewhere else.  Pied billed Grebe,
Horned Grebe and Common Loon were seen in the Willow Cove area along the
north shore of the Harbour along with 3 Glaucous Gulls.  A Red-necked Grebe
was seen with Horned Grebes at LaSalle Marina (currently under
construction). An Iceland Gulls was seen at Oakville Harbour last Sunday. A
Turkey Vulture was seen on a building in Dundas.  A Snowy Owl was seen at
the end of the Suncor Pier on Tuesday, first arrival for this region.  A
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker made an appearance on Thursday at a feeder in
Dundas.  Peregrine Falcons seem to be wintering in Brantford a juvenile was
seen flying over the Mohawk Institute on Mohawk St and later there was an
adult sitting on a cell phone tower along Greenwich St near Port St..  A
Northern Shrike appears to be wintering in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery with
another seen week before last on 10th Road East south of the tracks.  A
Common Raven was seen at 2nd Side Road and Appleby Line on Sunday.  Tufted
Titmice have been seen in a couple of locations with two being seen at the
Royal Botanical Gardens along Caleb's Walk, Ginger Valley Ravine Trails.
Other birds seen at Sedgewick Park in Oakville include Brown Creeper,
Golden-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush.  Up to sixteen Eastern Bluebirds
were seen at Gates of Heaven Cemetery last week with three being seen last
Tuesday.  A single Common Grackle was seen with some starlings at Centennial
and Mud Street last weekend.  A Fox Sparrow was present at the Mowhawk
Landfill.  Three Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Winter Wren were good finds on
the McMaster Campus West.  Finally, a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds were
seen yesterday on Fallsview Road east of Oldfield.

All the best this holiday season to you and yours and good birding in 2020.
Please forward any sightings along here for the Christmas Count period and
our count on Boxing Day.

Cheryl Edgecombe

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