Eastern Wood Pewee
Cape May Warbler
This has been an exciting week in the Hamilton Study Area as the action at
the end of the lake has picked up signficantly with east winds particularly
over the past two days. SABINE'S GULL, BLACK TERN, PARASITIC AND
LONG-TAILED JAEGER were highlights this week with distant views for the most
part but some good looks at LONG-TAILED JAEGER when and adult flew high over
the viewing platform accompanied by a sub-adult PARASITIC JAEGER on
Thursday. Other observers yesterday were treated to a SABINE'S GULL which
ended up coming into the beach to run around briefly and then took off
flying west giving killer looks to people standing on the viewing platform.
Other distant SABINE'S GULLS were seen later in the day. Last Saturday,
although winds were somewhat changing to south 85 Common Terns were seen and
mixed in with one group were 5 SABINE'S GULLS.
in other rarity news the MARBLED GODWIT remains even today at Windermere
Basin. Earlier in the week, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen briefly at
Sedgewick Park in Oakville but not able to be refound a short time later or
the next day.
While on the lake watch other birds seen include Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Red-necked and Horned Grebe, Merlin Peregrine Falcon,
Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, and Red-necked Phalarope. An excellent
record is of an early BRANT seen on Thursday.
Shorebirding is still productive. Along with the Godwit, birds reported at
Windermere Basin include American Golden Plover, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, White-rumped Sandpiper, Dunlin and Short-billed Dowitcher.
Nearby at Tollgate Pond a Whimbrel has been hanging steady for the last
couple days. Sanderling seem to enjoy it there as well. Two Buff-breasted
Sandpipers were a highlight on Haldibrook Road south of Mount Hope on
Wednesday and two Stilt Sandpipers were reported from Valley Inn.
Passerine migration has been steady over the week although I think that
numbers are down from the week before. Places reported from this week
include Sedgewick Park in Oakville, Shoreacres in Burlington, Woodland
Cemetery and Edgelake Park in Stoney Creek. Birds reported include Chimney
Swift (many at Woodland last Saturday), Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Shoreacres), Eastern Wood Pewee, Philadelphia and
Red-eyed Vireo, Barn Swallow, Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee, Nashville,
Hooded Warbler (Edgelake), American Redstart, Cape May Warbler (Sedgewick),
Northern Parula, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Palm and Wilson's
Warbler and Chipping Sparrow.
Raptor migration has been undetectable for the most part in the Hamilton
Study Area. Last Sunday at Gates of Heaven Cemetery a light raptor
migration started up in the morning with Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed,
Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged Hawks moving through. I am sure many more
went undetected on other days with different winds.
That's the news for this week. These southern winds could bring in
something interesting but when they turn back around, there will be another
Have a great week,
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