COMMON NIGHTHAWK (late record)

Tundra Swan
King Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Sandhill Crane
Pectoral Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Golden Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Eastern Phoebe
Northern Shrike
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Snow Bunting
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

It's been another spectacular week here in the Hamilton Study Area as our
annual Alan Wormington Fall Bird Count got underway on November 3rd and boy
did birders ever come to the plate this year.  The total number of species
at this point including a count day before and after the 3rd will be around
135, pretty impressive this late in the year.  Let's start at the top.  Slam
dunk for Hamilton's Bird of the Year and the best bird to ever turn up on
the fall bird count a BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was found by Mark Jennings on
the Sheldon Creek Trail in Oakville.  The bird was present for three solid
days and one brief morning sighting on Wednesday.  As you may recall this
year Mark has found Yellow Rail, Cinnamon Teal and a spring Black-legged
Kittiwake just in the patch he birds around Bronte.  Buying a lottery ticket
would be recommended!!!  This is also the second time of year that I have
thrown yard tools down on the driveway, left my garage open and peeled out
of the driveway issuing calls from my neighbours asking what's wrong.

While on site of the sparrow, word got out of an unlikely lingering Great
Crested Flycatcher, word went out to a scout team who identified it as a
WESTERN KINGBIRD which has remarkably been around all week including
yesterday.  The bird is located at the Urquhart Butterfly Gardens/Canal Park
off York Road in Dundas.

Other stand alone rarities found on the count include the refind of a
BARROWS GOLDENEYE for count day along the Stoney Creek lakeshore, there were
actually two separate birds seen in the three days, one discovered on
Friday, November 1st and apparently a different bird photographed on the
Sunday for the count.  A late AMERCIAN AVOCET touched down briefly off
Princess Point mid afternoon on count day, the water levels here too high to
keep it grounded.  Three WHITE-EYED VIREOS were seen on the count, one
continuing bird at Sedgewick Park in Oakville, one seen at LaSalle Park in
Burlington count day and a third in Brant County.  Another WHITE-EYED VIREO
was turned up yesterday at Fifty Point Conservation Area in the campground
at Site 4.  On the day following the count the second latest COMMON
NIGHTHAWK was flushed up in Stoney Creek in a scrubby area between DeWitt
and Millen Road, the bird looking rather weak and wary.  Lastly a PARASITIC
JAEGER was a count period bird off Bronte.

Other notable fall bird count sightings include the following:  Brant (Count
Period), Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Shrike, Great
Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron (at Kingbird
location), Golden Eagle (several reported), Eastern Phoebe, Swainson's
Thrush (at Kingbird Location count period), Nelson's Sparrow (on the
accessible trail off Cootes Drive), Lincoln's Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark,
Tennessee Warbler (2 banded at Ruthven), Nashville Warbler (count period)
and Pine Warbler (Flamborough).

In the odds and sods this week, a Brant was seen far out from Lakeland
Centre on Monday.  A small group of Tundra Swans landed in Cootes Paradise
on Wednesday.  A first year male King Eider was seen on Thursday at Burloak
Park.  All three Scoter species and a slew of Long-tailed Ducks, Common
Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers are visible from the Stoney Creek
shoreline.  Peppered in here are Common and Red-throated Loons.  A number of
Horned Grebes were present off Fifty Point yesterday.  There was a notable
movement of Sandhill Cranes yesterday over the Hamilton Brantford Rail Trail
with a total of 255 being seen or heard.  Another group was heard calling
over Westover Rd, north of the 8th Con Rd West.  A week ago on Friday a big
movement of Dunlin were seen along the Stoney Creek shoreline, small groups
and singles have been noted through the week.  A Rough-legged Hawk and a
sub-adult Golden Eagle were notables yesterday on a hawkwatch at Springbank
Meadows Park in Mississauga.  Two Short-eared Owls were flushed near the
Wyecroft/McPherson stormwater pond in Oakville.  A Marsh Wren was seen on
the trail off Cootes Drive on a search for Nelson's Sparrows.  Sedgewick
Park in Oakville seems to be harbouring a number of Golden-crowned and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrush and Yellow-rumped Warblers in addition
to the Vireo.  The time is coming ripe for winter lingerers at this
location.  Snow Bunting flocks were seen along the west end of the lake this
week unfortunately a sign that snow will indeed be coming soon. A female
Eastern Towhee was kicking up leaves in a scrubby off the North Service Road
near DeWitt Road yesterday. It's been a good week for sparrows, American
Tree Sparrows have been moving in, along the sides of roads a number of
Chipping Sparrows have been foraging with Dark-eyed Juncos growing in
numbers.  Vesper Sparrows were seen at Kings Forest and Bronte Creek
Provincial Park on November 6th. A Field Sparrow was seen at Fifty Point

There are birds to be found yet!  Stock your feeders and get out to scour
the local patch, report your sightings here.  If you see something of rare
significance, please post to the local or provincial list serves in addition
to ebirding/whats app.  In my opinion it's the best way to get the word out
on rarities in a widespread manner so everyone has a chance to enjoy (my two

Stay warm, good birding.
Cheryl Edgecombe

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