Black-throated Green Warbler
It's been a surprising week here in the Hamilton Study Area. Migrants
continue to filter through some good late migrants but mixed in were a
couple of unexpected surprises. Yesterday a CATTLE EGRET was found at
Valley Inn and afforded good looks for the entire day. Earlier in the week
a FRANKLINS GULL visited the same area for a couple of days. The water
level is down here with a large mud flat. Pectoral Sandpiper and Dunlin
have also been seen in growing numbers here this week. To round out the
rarities, an unfortunate window hit of a WHITE-EYED VIREO in Brantford.
Raptor migration is in progress this week with a couple of days of Northwest
winds providing good numbers over south Burlington. Last weekend, three
Northern Goshawks were counted in a short period of time on Sunday morning,
two at Woodland Cemetery and one seen from the Carpool lot at Highway 6. An
immature Golden Eagle was seen over Valley Inn last Monday. Raptors seen on
these watches include Sharp-shinned, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered and
Red-tailed Hawk along with many Turkey Vultures.
Some late migrants around include Virginia Rail and Sora at Kerncliffe Park,
a Yellow-billed Cuckoo near Governor's Road and Creighton in Dundas, two
Common Nighthawks over Wilkes Dam in Brantford and a late Ruby-throated
Hummingbird in Jerseyville and a late Yellow Warbler at Confederation Park.
Migrant traps reported from this week include Sedgewick, Shell Park and
Shoreacres. Birds reported from here include Eastern Phoebe, House and
Winter Wren, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's and Hermit
Thrush, Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia,
Palm, Yellow-rumped, Black throated Green Warbler, Swamp, White-throated,
White-crowned Sparrow, Dar-eyed Junco, Rusty Blackbird and Common Grackle.
Shorebirds are still in the news. Five Semipalmated Plover were present at
Red Hill Stormwater Pond. A new location reported from Green Lane Wetlands
in Paris produced Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and two Wilson's Snipe.
In the odds and sods this week, there were two sightings of Cackling Goose,
one at the Desjardins Canal and one flying over the Highway 6 carpool lot in
a pack of Geese. All three Scoter species were seen off Sayer's Park in
Stoney Creek. Great Egret numbers were up to 11 at one point at Valley Inn.
An adult Bald Eagle was seen over Shell Park. A Fox Sparrow was photographed
in the Hendrie Valley last weekend and a lateish Wilson's Warbler was seen
down at the Valley Inn late yesterday afternoon.
That's the news for this week. Please report your sightings here. Late
October and November are prime for rarities.
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