Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
As you can see by the list, despite the wretched weather birds are arriving
albeit in small numbers at present. Sometimes you just can't wait. Our
notable birds this week started with WESTERN GREBE last Saturday, seen off
Saddington Park in Mississauga. This is likely a returning bird as one has
been seen yearly at this location for at least 4 or 5 years now. It was
however a one day wonder but could be out on the lake. FISH CROWS are in
the news again with birds being seen at Bronte Harbour last weekend and on
and off through the week. A group of 4 FISH CROWS flew past Canada Centre
for Inland Waters mid week.
Arrivals this week include Blue-winged Teal (Grass Lake, 10th Road East),
American Bittern (Grass Lake), Virginia Rail (one heard on April 8 th Grass
Lake and heard since), Great Egrets (multiple locations), Black-crowned
Night Herons (Desjardins Canal), Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs (10th Road
East), Wilson's Snipe (5th Road East, Grass Lake), Caspian Tern (multiple
locations), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Grimsby, Eramosa Karst, Sedgewick Park
Oakville), Eastern Phoebe (Sedgewick Park Oakville), Purple Martin, Tree and
Barn Swallow (see Beamer below), American Pipit (East Hamilton),
Golden-crowned Kinglets (Beamer and Sedgewick Park Oakville) Eastern Towhee
(5th Road East), Vesper and Savannah Sparrow (Paris Plains Church Road). The
two earliest migrant arrivals this week were a House Wren at the Beamer
Hawkwatch and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen 3 km west of Brant rd 22 on
Baptist Church Rd on Thursday.
The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area has had
a good couple of days this week. Turkey Vultures continue to travel in
numbers but numbers of Sharp-shinned Hawks have been seen along with the
first Broad-winged Hawks. Other raptors noted this week were Osprey, Bald
Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered, Red-tailed and
Rough-legged Hawk. Non raptor sightings include Common Loons, Great Blue
Heron, Sandhill Crane, Bonaparte's Gull, Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Martin,
Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow and a very early House Wren.
The west end of the harbour was productive this week for Loons and Grebes
with Common and Red-throated Loon, Pied-billed, Horned and Red-necked Grebes
being noted from the Leander Boat Club and Bayfront Park last Sunday.
Another worthwhile stop in the HSA is Bronte Harbour. Along with Fish Crows
this week, an adult Little Gull was present yesterday along with Bonaparte's
Gull, a Snowy Owl was still present. A group of Tree and Barn Swallows with
a probable Rough-winged Swallow was seen yesterday. An adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull was a nice find last Sunday.
In the odds and sods this week, two different Glaucous Gulls were seen, one
adult past Canada Centre for Inland Waters and a immature on the Burlington
Beach strip. Snowy Owls are still being seen in the area with one at the
QEW and Centennial Parkway last night. Another sat on a post on Green
Mountain Road at house number 615 on Thursday. A Short-eared Owl was seen
hunting the fields earlier in the week on Winston Churchill just north of
Lakeshore Road on the border between Oakville and Mississauga. Northern
Shrikes were seen in Saltfleet and on the McCormick Trail in the Dundas
Valley, keep your eyes open for Loggerheads, it's that time of year! The
Common Ravens were putting on a show on 10th Road East coming up over the
cliff of the quarry to bath in the culvert. Winter Wren and White-throated
Sparrow were likely overwintering birds at Sedgewick. Five White-crowned
Sparrows were seen on 10th Road East, these would be likely overwintering
birds. Eastern Meadowlarks have returned to Gates of Heaven Cemetery.
Finally a group of 150 Lapland Longspurs were present yesterday on Plains
Church Road near Paris. If it weren't so windy it would be worth a check
for other Longspur species.
These winds could provide some interesting birds getting tossed around.
Keep those feeders stocked. Spring will be here eventually.
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