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19 Apr Saturday Yes Ottawa: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kanata) [Bev McBride via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Apr Black vulture Pelee. Parking lot. [Michael Tate via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Apr Black Vulture - Point Pelee [Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler at Point Pelee [Michael Tate via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Apr 2014) 80 Raptors [via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Apr Tundra swan [George via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, April 18th, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr ADMIN : Changes to message headers ["Mark Cranford \[Ontbirds\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
18 Apr Eurasian Wigeon - Ottawa Area, near North Gower [Giovanni Pari via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Cackling Goose - Metro Toronto Zoo [Dan Birkenbergs via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr e.bluebird- Tilbury, Chatham- Kent [Randall Van Wagner via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Rondeau [Laurena K-L via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Adult Bald Eagle [Susan Atkinson via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Spotted Sandpiper at Vollmer Centre pond/LaSalle, ON ["Karen H. via ONTBIRDS" ]
18 Apr Yellow-Headed Blackbird - Ottawa [Suzanne Britton via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Yellow-headed blackbird Kanata [Jeff Skevington via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Whitchurch-Stouffville: osprey nest [Charmaine Anderson via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Sandhill crane, DVP Toronto [Richard Sigesmund via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Eastern Whip-poor-will [Swift Care Ontario via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Ottawa: Ross's Goose and Snowy Owls [Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Brighton Constructed Wetland [Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Probable Spotted Towhee - Col Sam - Toronto [Mark Cranford via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Ottawa: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kanata) [Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Blue winged Teal at Col Sam Yesterday [terry hlywka via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Wainfleet Bog Migrants [RW Bullock via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Kingston Area Birds: 12-18 Apr 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
18 Apr Re: Henslow's Sparrow at Point Pelee [Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (17 Apr 2014) 204 Raptors [via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Algonquin Park Birding Report: 17 April 2014 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Tundra Swans, Gr. Yellowlegs, Rusty Blkbirds, etc. - York Region [RON FLEMING via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Apr Henslow's Sparrow at Point Pelee [Chris Gaffan via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Louisiana Waterthrush's at Point Pelee [Michael Tate via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Eastern Meadowlark [Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Ottawa/Gatineau - April 17, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending April 17, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Apr Blue winged teal [terry hlywka via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (16 Apr 2014) 99 Raptors [via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr Trumpeter Swans, Prince Edward County [Pamela Stagg via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr Greater Yellow Legs-Blenheim, Chatham-Kent [Randall Van Wagner via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr Sandhill Crane flying over Windsor [David McNorton via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr Mer Bleu Bog - Ottawa East [Geoff Stimpson via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr Common Raven, Beachville, April 16 [JAMES HOLDSWORTH via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr Surveyors needed for Breeding Bird Survey routes in Ontario [Audrey Heagy via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (15 Apr 2014) Raptors [via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Apr Re: Eastern towhee near Port Burwell [Earthquest Canada via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Apr OFO Field Trip Results - Ottawa East [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Apr Re: ADMIN: Advertising on Ontbirds is not acceptable [Earthquest Canada via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Apr Brighton [Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Apr ADMIN: Advertising on Ontbirds is not acceptable ["Mark Cranford \[Ontbirds\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
15 Apr Greater Yellowlegs, Prince Edward County [Pamela Stagg via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Apr Learn how to identify birds [Earthquest Canada via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Apr Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound [bruce dilabio via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (14 Apr 2014) 164 Raptors [via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Apr American White Pelican continues at hamilton harbour, April 14 [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Apr Re: American White Pelican This Morning []
14 Apr Common Tern at Col. Sam [G B SKIP SHAND ]
14 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (12 Apr 2014) 104 Raptors []
14 Apr American White Pelican This Morning ["Rob Buchanan" ]
14 Apr Re: Sandhill Cranes, Horned Grebes, Thrushes - Gananoque to Belleville [Wallace Rendell ]
14 Apr Reverse Migration (?) Scugog Twp. ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
14 Apr American White Pelican - NOT in Hamilton [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
13 Apr HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (13 Apr 2014) 200 Raptors []
13 Apr Pelee Island April 12-13 [Ken Burrell ]
13 Apr American White Pelican - Hamilton - Centre for Inland Waters [Mark Field ]
13 Apr Sandhill Cranes - Ottawa East (Navan) [tom devecseri ]
13 Apr Trip to Luther Marsh [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
13 Apr Eurasian Wigeon - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell S.L.) [Jarmo Jalava ]
13 Apr Ross's Geese, Snowy Owl - Minesing Swamp, Simcoe County [Josh Vandermeulen ]
13 Apr Leslie St. Spit - 25 Waterfowl Species, Canvasbacks, Teals etc. [Iain Fleming ]
13 Apr Snow Geese - Lancaster [John Cooper ]
13 Apr Cavendish park London ON [scole ]
13 Apr Brighton [Joan Kelbrick ]
13 Apr Pine Warbler at Black Oak, Windsor [David McNorton ]
13 Apr Rusty Blackbirds still at Minesing Wetlands, N. of Angus; Hermit Thrush and nesting GHOW at Luther Marsh ["Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" ]
12 Apr Field Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe and more @ Short Hills Prov Park [Robert Gerald Porter ]
12 Apr 25th Annual OFO Algonquin Park Trip: 12 April 2014 [Ron Tozer ]

Subject: Saturday Yes Ottawa: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kanata)
From: Bev McBride via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:19:41 -0400
Hi everyone,

The Yellow-headed Blackbird was present this morning (m.obs). Per Bruce's 
directions below, on the EAST portion of Shaughnessy Cr.,  look for the 
footpath between houses going into the golf course / park about 10 houses 
south of Knudsen. Enter, then when that pave path turns sharply to your 
left, head right over the grass (avoiding the green) toward the paved path 
appearing about 50 m away. You will come to a small, wet area about another 
70m along. The bird was in there, spending a lot of time on or close to the 
ground, but flying up to low treetops when sufficiently disturbed by other 
agitated blackbirds nearby. If not immediately visible, you may have to peer 
into the tangles hoping to see the brightly-coloured head. We did not hear 
it vocalize.

Good birding,

Bev McBride
Ottawa

-----Original Message----- 
From: Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:18 PM
To: Ontbirds
Subject: [Ontbirds] Ottawa: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kanata)

Hi Everyone
There is a male Yellow-headed Blackbird present (11:30a.m.) in Kanata Lakes 
area on Windeyer Cres. at the end of Shaughnessy off Knudson Drive. The bird 
has been vocalizing as it sits up in deciduous trees. There are a few 
feeders in the area but no access from the street. The bird was first 
reported late yesterday. Please remember to respect private property and 
review OFO Birding code of ethics. 
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/aboutus.ethics
Good luck, Bruce

Directions: From Ottawa take Hwy.417 west to Castlefrank/Kanata exit and 
turn right. Follow Kanata Ave. to Knudson and turn right. Watch for 
Shaughnessy on your right.


Di Labio Birding Website
Courses and Field Trips
http://www.dilabiobirding.ca
http://www.brucedilabio.blogspot.com


Bruce Di Labio
400 Donald B. Munro Drive
P.O. Box 538
Carp, Ontario
K0A 1L0
Office 613-839-4395 Cell 613-715-2571

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Subject: Black vulture Pelee. Parking lot.
From: Michael Tate via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:34:31 -0400
Now

Michael Tate
1-613-863-8455
michaeltate AT rogers.com

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Subject: Black Vulture - Point Pelee
From: Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:58:04 -0400
Josh Vandermeulen and I are currently watching a Black Vulture
circling over Chinquapin Oak trail heading toward the Visitor Centre.

Good Birding!

Kory Renaud

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler at Point Pelee
From: Michael Tate via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:02:01 -0400
Just seen near the second last bridge south on the Woodland Trail heading north
Michael


Michael Tate
1-613-863-8455
michaeltate AT rogers.com

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Apr 2014) 80 Raptors
From: via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 06:04:36 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              26           4895           6704
Osprey                       1             38             39
Bald Eagle                   0             17             31
Northern Harrier             2             34             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20            530            571
Cooper's Hawk                2             47             76
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            162            386
Broad-winged Hawk           20            167            167
Red-tailed Hawk              7            546            980
Rough-legged Hawk            1             11             25
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             0             18             20
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              6
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             11
Swainson's Hawk              1              1              1

Total:                      80           6490           9148
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Mishell

Observers:        Matt Mills, Phil Waggett, Sandra Horvath, Tom Thomas

Visitors:
This was OPEN house day so continual visitors all day from St. Catherines,
N. Falls, Ottawa and Toronto as well as lots from Hamilton and Burlington.


Weather:
Light winds predominated throughout the day. Winds from the South did not
not warm up the temperature until about 12.20 p.m. Cloud cover 100% except
for a two hours from 11 to 1 p.m.

Raptor Observations:
Not an exciting day looking at the total number but we had 9 species
including a much discussed Swainson's Hawk. This bird was very high (4) but
was picked up very early and visible for several minutes and flew directly
over the observation tower. There were two Harriers one female in A.M. and
one male in the afternoon

Non-raptor Observations:
Several other birds incl. 4 GBHE, singing PIWA,both kinglets,the sapsucker
and RBWO and BEKI. 

Predictions:
Winds from the North at 15 KM/HR plus temperatures similar to Friday. No
great movement at Ripley yesterday lead me to believe that only a modest
increase in number of birds will be the case for Saturday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Mishell ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Tundra swan
From: George via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:24:02 -0400
There was a juvenile Tundra swan at Lasalle park this afternoon.
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, April 18th, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:51:49 -0400
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
WILLET
PALM WARBLER (Eastern)


Tundra Swan
Blue-winged Teal
King Eider
Black Scoter
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon 
Pied-billed Grebe
American Bittern
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Sora
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Snowy Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough0winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Black-and-White Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Purple Finch

It's been a productive week here in the Hamilton Study Area as birds
continue to move into the area despite cold and even snowy conditions. This
week's rarities include a ROSS' GOOSE found last Sunday at Fairchild Creek
on 5th Concession West just east of Settlers Road. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
was found late Sunday off the islands at Canada Centre for Inland waters and
seen until midweek on the rock islands there. It has not been reported since
Wednesday. Another great early record was that of a WILLET which was seen
briefly yesterday flying around Windermere Basin. Unfortunately there was
nowhere for it to land. It was not refound. And to round out the rarities
was an Eastern/Yellow PALM WARBLER at Shoreacres Park in Burlington. The
bird may still be about as it was seen yesterday.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatchý has seen its first Broad-winged Hawks this
week. Other hawks seen this week have been Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed,
Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawk. At another location on Hwy 6 and the 403,
five Osprey were seen yesterday in a turf war for the nest up on the tower
with two of the Osprey battling it to the ground at the City View Motel.
The Bald Eagles appear to be nesting at Cootes Paradise again. 

The woodlots near the lake have been full of early migrants, Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers, Northern Flicker, Brown Creeper, both Kingletsý, Winter Wren,
Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee, Fox and White-throated Sparrows. Blue-Gray
Gnatcatcher has been seen at 50 Point Conservation Area and at Shoreacres in
Burlington.  Brown Thrasher was seen at Sherwood forest Park in Burlington.
An extremely early Black and White Warbler was recorded at a yard in Bronte
last Friday. Pine Warblers are back on territory at LaSalle Park in
Burlington and at Sedgewick Park in Oakville. Yellow-rumped Warblers have
been seen in small numbers at various locations.

ýShorebirds are in the news this week with the best locations in the flooded
fields in Flamborough, up in Saltfleet and north of Oakville at 8th line and
Britannia. If you need a Wilson's Snipe fix, many birds can be seen on 5th
Road East in Saltfleet between Powerline and Green Mountain Road. Also here
today were Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper. Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs were present on Green Mountain Road near 6th Road East in a
flooded field on the north side, a scope mandatory for viewing these.
Pectoral Sandpiper were also seen on 8th line and Britannia in Oakville. Out
in Flamborough, Greater Yellowlegs were present at Middletown road north of
5th concession. An early Spotted Sandpiper was seen at LaSalle Marina last
weekend. Another one was seen today along the lake at Green Road. 

Another hotspot this time of year is the Safari Road Marsh located on Safari
Road just east of Kirkwall Road.  In addition to the lovely chorus of frogs,
American Bittern, Sora and Virginia Rail are all in for the season.

ýIn the odds and sods this week, Tundra Swans have all but left but a flock
flew over Woodland Cemetery last weekend.  The flooded fields in Saltfleet
still hold Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Blue-winged and Green-winged
Teal. Blue-winged Teal were seen on Middletown Road south of Concession 4
last weekend, some were seen in Windermere Basin.  King Eiders were seen
near the beach canal and at Bronte Harbour. Several Black Scoters,
Red-throated Loons, Horned and Red-necked Grebes and a Common Tern were seen
from Green Road today. Several Common Terns were seen at Windermere Basin
and a Forster's Tern was seen at Bayfront Park in Hamilton today. .  Common
Loons have been seen over the hawkwatch as well as one over Walker's Line
and New Street yesterday. Great Egrets are appearing in small numbers with
birds seen on Eastport Drive at the Pelican location, at Millgrove and
Concession 5 and at Fifty Point Conservation Area today.    Sandhill Cranes
have returned to Grass Lake in Glen Morris, another seen over Flamborough on
Westover Road.  Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed Gull were seen from Canada
Centre for Inland Waters mid-week.  A late Snowy Owl was present for a brief
time at the North Service Road and Guelph Line last Saturday.  A Common
Raven was seen on 10th Road East today. Good places to view swallows of
various species were at the end of Green Road where a Purple Martin was also
present amongst Tree, Barn and Rough-winged Swallows.  All species of
Swallow listed above including Cliff and Bank were seen at Bronte Harbour.
Sparrows have come in with Chipping Sparrows seen at Confederation Park
today, Field, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows seen throughout the area. Vesper
Sparrows were seen today at Cityview Park and three seen on Highland Road
just west of 6th Road East.  A Purple Finch was seen at Forty Mile Creek.

That's the news for this week, exciting times here in the Hamilton Study
Area.  Please send your sightings along here!

Cheers,
Cheryl Edgecombe





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Subject: ADMIN : Changes to message headers
From: "Mark Cranford \[Ontbirds\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:45:52 -0400
A few Ontbirds subscribers have asked for an explanation about recent 
changes to the From line of an Ontbirds message.

Poster via ONTBIRDS is additional information added to the message 
header of an email sent by Ontbirds. This has become necessary because 
yahoo.com changed its protocol and has been causing other service 
providers to reject Ontbirds messages sent from yahoo.com subscribers. 
End result were feedback loops that could result in the removal of 90% 
of Ontbirds subscriptions. I have been warned that the fix may generate 
other unintended effects but except the change in appearance it seems to 
be working.

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ONTBIRDS Coordinator
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mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
905 279 9576

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon - Ottawa Area, near North Gower
From: Giovanni Pari via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:02:54 -0700 (PDT)
This afternoon, I found a male Eurasian Wigeon south of Ottawa in a flooded 
field off of Lockhead Rd E. just east of the intersection with 2nd Line Rd S. 
The bird was in the south-east corner of the flooded field in the company of a 
nice variety of ducks. Please consult my ebird list for 
details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17950710 


Giovanni Pari

The area is most easily accessed by exiting east on Roger Stevens Dr from Hwy 
416, then turning south on 2nd Line Rd S. until Lockhead Rd E. 

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Subject: Cackling Goose - Metro Toronto Zoo
From: Dan Birkenbergs via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:50:24 -0400
Good Evening,
 
Today I observed (approx. 1:30pm) a solitary Cackling Goose in the Rhinoceros 
paddock of the Metro Toronto Zoo. The individual was feeding on the grass 
amidst a group of 15 -20 Canada Geese. For the record, yes, I am sure it wasn't 
a captive of the zoo! 

 
Directions: 401 East from Toronto to Meadowvale Road. North on Meadowvale Road 
and follow signs to the zoo. Admission required! 

 
Cheers!
 
Dan
 		 	   		  
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Subject: e.bluebird- Tilbury, Chatham- Kent
From: Randall Van Wagner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:56:53 +0000
Rowsom CA- eastern bluebirds, e. towhee, yellow rumped warbler

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Subject: Rondeau
From: Laurena K-L via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:37:34 -0400
Here's a list of interesting sightings from the Spicebush Trail in Rondeau park 
today: 

- Hermit thrush
- Pine warbler (at least four)
- white throated sparrow
- Northern flicker 
- Downy woodpecker (three or more)
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Subject: Adult Bald Eagle
From: Susan Atkinson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:22 -0400
Adult Bald Eagle seen flying low over Beaver River at Epping Bridge in Grey 
County. ( Grey Rd 19 crossing over Beaver River), Today about 3:45pm. 


Good birding,

Susan Atkinson
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Subject: Spotted Sandpiper at Vollmer Centre pond/LaSalle, ON
From: "Karen H. via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:04 -0400
This isn't necessarily a rarity but it is a FOY for me. We were checking out 
the ditch that runs alongside the pond and this is where we found it, tail 
bobbing away. 


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Directions can be found under the Location heading of the eBird checklist.

Happy Birding!
Karen Hass
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Subject: Yellow-Headed Blackbird - Ottawa
From: Suzanne Britton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:14:08 -0400
We had a few good looks at the Yellow-Headed Blackbird in Kanata Lakes this
afternoon. It was initially seen on the old golf course adjacent Windeyer
Crescent, near tee 9, in a small swampy area. It was later foraging below
someone's feeder along with grackles. Some of the back yard feeders are
viewable from the golf course.

Directions (copied from Bruce Di Labio): From Ottawa take Hwy.417 west to
Castlefrank/Kanata exit and turn right. Follow Kanata Ave. to Knudson and turn
right. Watch for Shaughnessy on your right.

Suzanne Britton

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Subject: Yellow-headed blackbird Kanata
From: Jeff Skevington via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:04:25 -0400
The bird is here where Bruce reported it right now.

Jeff



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Subject: Whitchurch-Stouffville: osprey nest
From: Charmaine Anderson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:56:01 -0400
Saw a pair of osprey on a nest north of stouffville road by about 2k on the 
east side of the 404 in a satellite tower. One of the osprey was returning to 
the nest with a large fish in its tallons. 


Whitchurch-Stouffville


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Subject: Sandhill crane, DVP Toronto
From: Richard Sigesmund via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:38 -0400
Flyby low over the DVP at Beechwood heading northeast
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Subject: Eastern Whip-poor-will
From: Swift Care Ontario via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:39:46 -0400
Good Morning,  I wanted to let the members know that we have received into
care a female Eastern Whip-poor-will.  She was transferred from Toronto
Wildlife having been found on the grounds of the Toronto Golf Club April
15.  A bit thin and superficial bilateral corneal ulcers.  We will fatten
her up, treat her eyes and take her back to that site to continue on her
journey.
Carolyn Denstedt

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Subject: Ottawa: Ross's Goose and Snowy Owls
From: Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:43:04 -0400
Hi Everyone
This morning at around 9:15a.m. there was an adult Ross's Goose feeding in a 
corn field with a large concentration of Canada Geese along Boundary Road just 
north of Cooper Hill Road. There were 1000's of Canada Geese feeding in the 
various corn fields and reports from Carlsbad Springs/ Bear Brook indicated a 
large increase, 25,000 + since yesterday. Snowy Owls continue to move north 
through the Ottawa area. I counted a total of 11 owls sitting on the remaining 
ice along the Ottawa River (Lake Deschenes) yesterday, April 17th. 



Good birding,
Bruce

Directions: From Ottawa take Hwy.417 east to Boundary road exit and turn right. 
Follow south to Cooper Hill Road. 



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Courses and Field Trips
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Bruce Di Labio
400 Donald B. Munro Drive
P.O. Box 538
Carp, Ontario
K0A 1L0 
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Subject: Brighton Constructed Wetland
From: Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:39:30 -0400
Greetings: A quick run by the wetland this morning proved fruitful.  Our
beloved Osprey are back on the nesting pole on the south side of the south
cell.  Wonderful!

Directions: Exit 509 (Highway 30) off the eastbound 401at Brighton. Follow
the road through the town and the wetland is located on the south side of
CR 64 as you leave Brighton.
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Subject: Probable Spotted Towhee - Col Sam - Toronto
From: Mark Cranford via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:36:23 -0400
While looking at my first towhee of the year scuff away deep in leaf 
litter.  I believe it is a Spotted Towhee. I saw it briefly in flight 
and saw a lot of white on its mantle.  I also saw the same bird in 
another birder's camera screen. It didn't show as much white as I 
thought I saw but it lacked white at base of folded primaries. This was 
around 11:30 am today in the regenerating woodland beside the sports 
field at Col Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke.  Exit QEW south at Kipling and 
continue to final parking lot at end of Kipling on Humber College 
campus. Walk north and east to woodlot. Coordinates from Google Map 
43.594208,-79.512159

-- 
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Mississauga, Ont.

mark.cranford at rogers dot com


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Subject: Ottawa: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kanata)
From: Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:49 -0400
Hi Everyone
There is a male Yellow-headed Blackbird present (11:30a.m.) in Kanata Lakes 
area on Windeyer Cres. at the end of Shaughnessy off Knudson Drive. The bird 
has been vocalizing as it sits up in deciduous trees. There are a few feeders 
in the area but no access from the street. The bird was first reported late 
yesterday. Please remember to respect private property and review OFO Birding 
code of ethics. http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/aboutus.ethics 

Good luck, Bruce

Directions: From Ottawa take Hwy.417 west to Castlefrank/Kanata exit and turn 
right. Follow Kanata Ave. to Knudson and turn right. Watch for Shaughnessy on 
your right. 



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P.O. Box 538
Carp, Ontario
K0A 1L0 
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Subject: Blue winged Teal at Col Sam Yesterday
From: terry hlywka via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:41:51 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday there was a pair of blue winged teal around 2pm.  They are on the 
west shore out of the wind at col Samuel Smith park. Also large number is red 
necked Grebes, a few horned grebes, buffleheads, great scaups. You can get 
there at the end of Kipling in Etobicoke. Happy birding.  

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Subject: Wainfleet Bog Migrants
From: RW Bullock via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:06:32 -0400
Yesterday near the south entrance on at the end of Erie Peat Road:

Pair of Eastern Towhees, Hermit Thrush, Great Crested Flycatcher (very
early), Mourning Cloak.
(The bog is outside of the Hamilton Study area so local posting is not
allowed.)

The bog is about  2km Northwest of Port Colborne.  Just drive north on Erie
Peat Road from Highway 3.

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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 12-18 Apr 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:40:08 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Migration slowed a little during the week but with favourable weather again
predicted, some good Easter weekend birding could be forthcoming. Highlights
of the week include; EURASIAN WIGEON, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, GREAT EGRET,
SANDHILL CRANE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, LITTLE GULL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

 

City of Kingston

The GREAT EGRET, present on Centennial Drive, continued in to the early part
of the week at least, though the Night-Herons have now departed. FOX
SPARROWS remain relatively easy to locate and have been seen at many
locations, including Marshlands, Invista and Lemoine Point, as have HERMIT
THRUSHES and WINTER WRENS. The first RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS came through last
weekend, along with a big movement of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, BROWN
CREEPERS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Also beginning to come through are the
first EASTERN TOWHEES and BROWN THRASHERS, though these currently remain
less numerous. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and NORTHERN FLICKERS are currently
quite widespread. RED-NECKED GREBES (5) and RUDDY DUCK (3) were present in
the Inner Harbour last weekend. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was seen near
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour during the week, as was a HORNED GREBE. CASPIAN
TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULLS and COMMON LOON can now be encountered on most open
water. NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS made their first local appearance at
Invista this morning.

Wolfe Island

As elsewhere, migration progresses on the island, though a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
was seen on 17th as was a single SNOW GOOSE. Shorebirds include 7 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, also on 17th and numerous WILSON'S SNIPE. Typical for the
island, SAVANNAH SPARROW are now easy to find and migrating WHITE-THROATED
and FOX SPARROWS are moving through. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have remained very
elusive to date but one was seen here on 17th.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

Now that the ice has melted, the lagoons are attracting better numbers of
waterfowl - nothing unusual but always worth checking. There are still good
numbers of BONAPARTE'S GULL and the number of NORTHERN SHOVELER and LESSER
SCAUP appear to be increasing. Please note you must be a member of Kingston
Field Naturalists (KFN) or obtain permission from the municipality in order
to gain access to the lagoons.

 

Prince Edward Point/County

At Kaiser Crossroads, the EURASIAN WIGEON has remained elusive but was seen
again last weekend. TUNDRA SWANS continue to put in an occasional appearance
and BONAPARTE'S GULLS have increased to over 200. A LITTLE GULL was seen
there on 17th but waterfowl numbers have, in general, decreased as birds
continue north. A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL and the first GREATER YELLOWLEGS
were noted earlier in the week. Near Prince Edward Point, an immature
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen and photographed on 12th, where all three scoter
species were also noted including 2 BLACK SCOTER. At the Bird Observatory,
where banding has now begun, an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was flushed from the
net lanes on 14th.

 

Other Sightings

North of the city, a number of SANDHILL CRANES have been reported over the
week from various locations including both Opinicon and Florida Roads. An
UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from the Napanee Plains on 12th where
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES have since been reported. East of the city, the
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Gananoque Golf & Country Club.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H7

Canada

 

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Subject: Re: Henslow's Sparrow at Point Pelee
From: Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:21:54 -0400
The Henslow's Sparrow is being seen now in the same location that
Chris Gaffan had seen it last night.  It's on the right side of the
small trail to the left of the weather station.

Good Birding

Kory Renaud



> On Apr 17, 2014, at 8:53 PM, Chris Gaffan via ONTBIRDS 
 wrote: 

>
> I saw and photographed a Henslow's Sparrow tonight at around 6:30PM, 50 feet 
from the Delaurier trail parking lot. It was on the small trail to the left of 
the weather stations that connects the parking lot to the main Delaurier trail. 
Hopefully it sticks around for some early viewing tomorrow. 

>
> Chris Gaffan
> chris_gaffan AT me.com
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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (17 Apr 2014) 204 Raptors
From: via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 22:04:46 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              17           4869           6678
Osprey                       2             37             38
Bald Eagle                   0             17             31
Northern Harrier             0             32             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk          38            510            551
Cooper's Hawk                1             45             74
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            162            386
Broad-winged Hawk          115            147            147
Red-tailed Hawk             27            539            973
Rough-legged Hawk            1             10             24
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             0             18             20
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              6
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             11

Total:                     204           6410           9068
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Sandy Darling

Observers:        David Weare, Terry Osborne, Tom Thomas

Visitors:
Dave Weare, Tom Thomas, Digby Sales, Skip Gilham, Felix Barbeti, Ian Smith,
Terry Osbourne, Chris Bailey, Bob Stamp, Jim Heslop, Sam Berone, Barry
Cherriere.

The kindergarten classes from College Street School, Smithville; they
arrived just as migration slowed to a trickle.


Weather:
Temperature rose from just above freezing to about 7C.  Winds started
variable between south and east, and ended up from north-east.  Some hazy
cloud that helped viewing.  

Raptor Observations:
In one splendid hour (11:00 to 12:00) we had 112 raptors (over half the
count), but migration closed off in the early afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlights were Eastern Towhee and Fox Sparrow.  A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
put in a brief appearance.

Predictions:
Lots of people to be at Open House.  There should be lots of birds to come
if conditions are right.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sandy Darling ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 17 April 2014
From: Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:04:03 -0400
About 10 cm of new snow accumulated during the night and into the day
on April 15th, and it continued to cover the previous limited bare ground on
the 16th. This resulted in large numbers of sparrows, juncos and blackbirds
concentrating at the Visitor Centre feeders on those days, such as 70
Dark-eyed Juncos on the 15th. Open water is restricted to rivers and creeks
with current. All lakes and ponds are frozen right to the shore. Still deep
snow in shaded forest.

New arrivals reported this week were:

April 10: Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Merlin, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker,Winter Wren
April 11: Common Merganser
April 12: Wood Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Belted Kingfisher,
Bohemian Waxwing, American Tree Sparrow
April 13: Snow Goose
April 14: Ring-necked Duck, Sandhill Crane, Northern Flicker
April 15: Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow
April 16: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Brown Thrasher
April 17: Common Goldeneye


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: A displaying male and a female were seen north of the
register book along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 12th and 13th.

Black-backed Woodpecker: The hole being excavated by a pair in a
telephone pole just west of Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 12th was not
subsequently attended and likely has been abandoned, as is often the
case with these early cavities.

Gray Jay: Reported regularly on Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Heard and seen in the black spruce section of
Opeongo Road, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along Highway 60 just
west of Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 12th.
 

WINTER FINCHES:
 
Purple Finch: A few were seen at the Visitor Centre feeders.

Red Crossbill: Occasional small groups are still being seen along the
highway.

White-winged Crossbill: Three were seen on Opeongo Road on the 12th.

Pine Siskin: One or two were noted on Opeongo Road on the 12th.

American Goldfinch: A few were at the Visitor Centre feeders.
 
Evening Grosbeak: Only about 10 were at the Visitor Centre feeders by the
end of the week.


Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
 
The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Visitor Centre has recent bird sightings and information. It is usually
possible to access the building on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.
Visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch and use the restaurant
seating area on weekdays. Hot and cold beverages, and light snacks are
available to purchase then, as well as the use of a microwave.
 
For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/



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Subject: Tundra Swans, Gr. Yellowlegs, Rusty Blkbirds, etc. - York Region
From: RON FLEMING via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:30:14 -0700 (PDT)
The fields west of Holland Landing and east of Bradford flood each spring, 
creating excellent stop-over sites for migrating waterfowl. Kevin Shackleton 
noted the arrival of Tundra Swans on March 28 and there were still a dozen of 
them on the west side of Bathurst St. N. as recently as yesterday... 
unfortunately I could not find any today. 


Fourteen duck species including American Wigeon, N. Pintail, Wood Duck, GW & BW 
Teal, Redhead, and N. Shoveler, have been observed there over the past three 
weeks (many thanks to Doug Jagger who made an intrepid mud-march down 
Hochreiter Road on April 2nd to make an official I.D. on many of these). Eleven 
duck species were still present today on both sides of Bathurst St. N. a scope 
is recommended if you go looking for them. 


Three Greater Yellowlegs discovered by John Watson on April 13 have been joined 
by twenty others since then. They tend to be on the east side of Bathurst, 
across from the ATV Farms building. John also had the FOY (First of Year for 
the region) Tree Swallows that I am aware of on April 13. 


Bruce Brydon had two Horned Grebes at the same location Sunday, as well as a 
large flock of blackbirds (mostly grackles and red-wings) in the trees south of 
the open area. He estimates 40-50 Rusty Blackbirds were in the mix. I found a 
smaller flock of ten Rusties in those woods today. 


In the same area (specifically the laneway that runs east into Holland River 
Marina) there were ten Caspian Terns and 20 Bonaparte's Gulls this afternoon. 
At the northern terminus of Bathurst there were two Ospreys on a nest in the 
distance - Kevin Shackleton noted them there last weekend. Also present were 
two Northern Harriers and one Broad-winged Hawk today. 


Just northeast of this location (as the crow flies), both Kevin Shackleton and 
Irving Himel have noted a nesting pair of Bald Eagles, numerous Great Blue 
Herons (Kevin counted 70), and a pair of Osprey on the north side of Ravenshoe 
Road in SW Keswick. The last wintering Snowy Owl that I am aware of was seen by 
Irving two weeks ago.  


Kevin had an Eastern Phoebe at Silver Lakes Golf Course in north Holland 
Landing on April 13; I found my FOY Phoebe at the Cawthra Mulock Reserve in NW 
Newmarket today. Also present there today were three Wood Ducks, two Hermit 
Thrushes, a single Ruffed Grouse, three Northern Flickers, and countless 
Golden-crowned Kinglets. I had my first Swamp Sparrow of the year at Silver 
Lakes this afternoon. 


Going back to an April 1st stakeout at dusk, Kevin Shackleton and I had two 
American Woodcock "peent"ing and doing their "Dance of the Timberdoodle" thing. 
One was at Silver Lakes and another on Bathurst Street N.  


Ron Fleming, Newmarket 

York Region is directly north of Toronto and south of Lake Simcoe. For more 
specific directions to Bathurst St. North, Silver Lakes, or the Cawthra Mulock 
Reserve email me directly. 

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Subject: Henslow's Sparrow at Point Pelee
From: Chris Gaffan via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:17:37 +0000 (GMT)
I saw and photographed a Henslow's Sparrow tonight at around 6:30PM, 50 feet 
from the Delaurier trail parking lot. It was on the small trail to the left of 
the weather stations that connects the parking lot to the main Delaurier trail. 
Hopefully it sticks around for some early viewing tomorrow.  


Chris Gaffan
chris_gaffan AT me.com
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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush's at Point Pelee
From: Michael Tate via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:04:59 -0400
Louisiana Waterthrushes. One in Tildens Woods and one on the Woodland Trail. 
Several Yellow rumped Warblers in the park and a good selection of the common 
spring migrants. Also the first three Red Admiral butterflies on a beautiful 
sunny day. 

Michael

Michael Tate
1-613-863-8455
michaeltate AT rogers.com

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Subject: Eastern Meadowlark
From: Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:49 -0400
Greetings: An Eastern Meadowlark could be heard singing its little heart
out at CR 30 and 401 eastbound at exit 509. Brighton

Joan
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - April 17, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:36:27 -0400
Ontario/Quebec
Ottawa/Gatineau
April 17, 2014
 
Ottawa/Gatineau (Canada National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler & transcriber Bob Cermak robertcermak AT hotmail.com or 
sightings AT ofnc.caMany early spring migrants are arriving, now is the time to 
get out birding! The bush lots are worth visiting, the first Winter Wren, 
Yellow-rumped (first reported on the 13th) and Pine Warbler, Fox, Field, 
Chipping, Savannah and White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher 
and Ruby-crowned Kinglet are arriving. Tree, Barn and Rough-winged Swallow, 
Belted Kingfisher and Osprey are now being seen.The flooded fields on Milton Rd 
and Frank Kenney Rd at the bridge and south of Bearbrook Creek have many ducks 
including REDHEAD, AMERICAN WIGEON, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WOOD and RING-NECKED 
DUCK. Milton Rd on the 13th had SANDHILL CRANE (15), TREE SWALLOW (45), LAPLAND 
LONGSPUR (2), CACKLING GOOSE (9 in one group were at the Frank Kenney bridge), 
SNOW GOOSE (1) and GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1). A few locations that were very 
active this week:- at the junction of the Jock and Rideau rivers on the 16th 
there were TREE (250), BARN (4) and ROUGH-WINGED (2) SWALLOW and in the nearby 
Maple Hill Park FOX (7) and WHITE-THROATED (2) SPARROW and HERMIT THRUSH (1)- 
along the Sarsparilla Trail on the 16th there were SONG, TREE, FOX (7), FIELD 
(1) and WHITE-THROATED (2) SPARROW as well as HERMIT THRUSH (1)- at Mer Bleue 
there were single PALM and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BELTED KINGFISHER and HERMIT 
THRUSH- the Richmond Lagoons on Eagleson Rd just north of Barnsdale Rd have 
been active with a varity of ducks and CANADA GEESE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 
BROWN THRASHER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER- on the Ottawa River above the 
Deschenes Rapids on the 13th there were GADWALL (2), LESSER (1) and GREAT (1) 
BLACK-BACKED GULL and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - in the bush lot between the 
north end of Blair Rd west to the Rockcliffe Airport on the 14th there were 
WINTER WREN (10), BROWN CREEPER (13), HERMIT THRUSH (8), RUSTY BLACKBIRD (5), 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (3), NORTHERN FLICKER (3), EASTERN PHOEBE (1), 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (16) and FOX SPARROW (1)- Cobbs Lake Creek east of 
Bourget is extremely flooded with lots of CANADA GEESE, flocks of 100 to 500 
SNOW GEESE but other than NORTHERN PINTAIL not many ducks so far this spring. A 
flock of 2000 SNOW GEESE were seen at the junction of hwys 417 and 138 on the 
11thThere were PINE WARBLER at an Almonte feeder on the 15th, EASTERN BLUEBIRD 
and MEADOWLARK on High Rd on the 11th, GREAT EGRET on the creek on Russell Rd 
near Frank Kenney Rd on the 13th and on the Mississippi River in Carleton 
Place, AMERICAN BITTERN at the west end of Rue Lamoureux on the 13th. On the 
Rideau River at Strathcona Park BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continue and there were 
HORNED GREBE (2) on the 13th. On the 10th the Greenland Rd Hawkwatch saw 
RED-TAILED (10), COOPER'S (5), SHARP-SHINNED (4), RED-SHOULDERED (1) and 
ROUGH-LEGGED (1) HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE (25), NORTHERN HARRIER (5), BALD (2) and 
GOLDEN (1 1st year) EAGLE and OSPREY (2). An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on the 
12th on the Carp ridge along Marchurst Rd.Thank you to everyone who contributed 
bird observations. 


Due to increasing and widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and 
property, the OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports owl sightings on the 
Internet. We will continue to encourage the reporting of owls to 
sightings AT ofnc.ca for the purpose of maintaining local records. 

  
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending April 17, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:22:26 -0400
The spring bird migration at Presqu’ile Provincial Park is progressing more 
or less according to expectations. At this time of year, one or two surprises 
can be expected, even if not in the category of mega-rarities, and this week 
has been no exception. 


Three TUNDRA SWANS, the only ones this spring, flew past on April 13. Although 
most of the waterfowl have moved on, two BLUE-WINGED TEAL, typically a later 
arriving species, were in Popham Bay with GREEN-WINGED TEAL on April 12. Four 
NORTHERN SHOVELERS were in the marsh on the following day. A pair of 
CANVASBACKS is lingering in Presqu’ile Bay. Two WILD TURKEY hens were seen 
near the Park store. The first RED-THROATED LOON of the season was in Popham 
Bay this morning, and on April 13 the first AMERICAN BITTERN was in the marsh, 
where single GREAT EGRETS have been seen repeatedly since then. A COOPER’S 
HAWK on April 13 was of interest. Outside the Park gate but technically still 
within the Park boundaries was a COMMON GALLINULE yesterday along the causeway 
leading to the gate. On April 11, at least three observers saw a SANDHILL CRANE 
flying north overhead. Twenty-one hours later another of that species was also 
flying north overhead. WILSON’S SNIPE and AMERICAN WOODCOCKS are performing 
their aerial displays along the marsh boardwalk at dusk. ICELAND, LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED, and GLAUCOUS GULLS have all been seen from Owen Point this week. 
SNOWY OWLS were still present at the beach on April 12 and on the ice in 
Presqu’ile Bay (perhaps two birds) on April 13. A BARRED OWL was calling 
around noon in Jobes’ woods on April 11, and a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was 
calling last night just north of the beach 3 access road. A MERLIN was along 
Bayshore Road on Sunday. 


A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER continues to frequent the feeders at 186 Bayshore Road 
and the tall trees in that vicinity. There was a belated report of a NORTHERN 
SHRIKE on April 10. There were two COMMON RAVEN sightings this week. The only 
swallows that have returned to Presqu’ile are PURPLE MARTINS and TREE and 
BARN SWALLOWS, but NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS will likely appear within the 
next day or two and BANK and CLIFF SWALLOWS will not be far behind. Although 
not to be expected, this is also the time of year when spring TUFTED TITMOUSE 
sightings have occurred in the past. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD put in two brief 
appearances on April 13 , and the first BROWN THRASHER was seen yesterday. A 
report of a YELLOW WARBLER a week ago would be a record early date if adequate 
details could be provided to the Park office. However, a PINE WARBLER that made 
repeated visits to suet feeders on April 13 provided “killer” views. 
Migrant sparrows this week have included EASTERN TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW, SWAMP 
SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. A few RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been seen 
along Paxton Drive. A HOUSE SPARROW was at 83 Bayshore Road on Monday. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park 
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.



Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park
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Subject: Blue winged teal
From: terry hlywka via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:20:00 -0700 (PDT)
There is a pair of blue winged teal. They are on the west shore out of the wind 
at col Samuel Smith park. Also large number is red necked Grebes, a few horned 
grebes, buffleheads, great scaups. You can get there at the end of Kipling in 
Etobicoke. Happy birding. 

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (16 Apr 2014) 99 Raptors
From: via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 21:04:50 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              38           4852           6661
Osprey                       1             35             36
Bald Eagle                   1             17             31
Northern Harrier             0             32             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk          17            472            513
Cooper's Hawk                4             44             73
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            160            384
Broad-winged Hawk           28             32             32
Red-tailed Hawk              7            512            946
Rough-legged Hawk            0              9             23
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             0             18             20
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              6
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8             10

Total:                      99           6206           8864
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Sandra Horvath

Observers:        Bouwe Bergsma, Dave Sked, Frank Horvath, Gord Kozak,
                  Peter Thoem, Phil Waggett

Visitors:
Carter, Emerson and Monika Nault, with Liam, Donovan, Gwen, Lochlan and
Brigette Vanhuisstede all from Hamilton, Melissa and Mason Ensor, Karen
Vickery and Betty Ann Pickering from Owen Sound, Claude King, Dan
Salisbury, Dave Trumbell, Peter Thoem, Gord Kozak,Phil Waggett, Dave Sked,
Bouwie Bergsma and Frank Horvath.


Weather:
Blue skies then mostly cloudy with cold bitter winds.

Raptor Observations:
One adult Bald Eagle.  A 2 hour, extremely high, sporadic flight of
Broad-winged Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two Eastern Towhee fed beneath the feeder. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and
Carolina Wren were seen and heard. 

The Niagara C.A. workers brought in tables and filled potholes in
preparation for this Friday's Open House.

Predictions:
Warmer temperatures in the afternoon and Easterly winds are in the forecast
for tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sandra Horvath ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Trumpeter Swans, Prince Edward County
From: Pamela Stagg via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:33:11 -0400
Two Trumpeter Swans joined 6 Tundra Swans at Kaiser Crossroad this afternoon, 
providing a rare opportunity to see the big birds in eastern Prince Edward 
County. 


DIRECTIONS: From Picton, take Bridge Street, AKA Glenora Road, toward the 
Glenora ferry. Turn right on Lake on the Mountain Road, then right on Kaiser 
Crossroad. The swans were in the second wetland on the left. 

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Subject: Greater Yellow Legs-Blenheim, Chatham-Kent
From: Randall Van Wagner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:50 +0000
Ridgeland fill on Erieau road, north side in holding ponds 2 nice birds
Lots of other waterfowl too

Randall Van Wagner BSc
Environmental Project Coordinator
Greening Partnership
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
Chatham- Kent, Ontario
(519) 354-7310 x 230
Cell # (519) 359-4559

[http://www.lowerthames-conservation.on.ca/images/images.jpg] 



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Subject: Sandhill Crane flying over Windsor
From: David McNorton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:09:28 -0400
At 2:05 this afternoon I heard the unmistakeable call of a Sandhill Crane 
flying over my house in the Riverside area of Windsor. It was flying to the 
southwest and at least 500 m high. Best yard bird of the year! 



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Subject: Mer Bleu Bog - Ottawa East
From: Geoff Stimpson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:36:02 -0400
Hi Birders,

 

I spend 3 hours at Mer Bleu this morning (8:30 -11:30)and was rewarded with
a PALM WARBLER and YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER. The PALM WARBLER appeared to have
ice caked on its right claw hopefully it will survive until warmer weather
arrives. All sightings viewed are listed on ebird. Pictures are available of
the warblers upon request.

 

Good Birding Everyone!

 

Geoff Stimpson

 

Directions to Mer Bleu Bog - Take exit 104 - Anderson Road -off Hwy 417 east
of Ottawa, go north to Ridge Road, turn east on Ridge and parking is at end
of Ridge. Gate opens at 8am.

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Subject: Common Raven, Beachville, April 16
From: JAMES HOLDSWORTH via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:33:49 -0700 (PDT)
Ontbirders,

Hardly 'stop press' in Southern Ontario anymore, a single Common Raven over the 
Beachville Lime Ponds this morning was still notable. This species is still 
rare as a migrant in the county, with records every few years although there 
has been an [apparent] resident pair in the eastern part of the county [near 
Drumbo] for several years. 


Near the entrance to the pond trails, atop the Carmuese lime kilns, a pair of 
Peregrines has taken up residence. They may be trying to nest within the kiln 
structure or somewhere in the large Limestone quarries to the west, were 
abundant suitable habitat exists. I had 3 summer records from this location 
last year, including a juvenile, so they may have nested here previously, which 
would be a county 1st. 


To reach the Lime Pond trails - from Ingersoll Road, take Domtar Road 150 m 
north, over the river, then turn right into the parking area. The trail gate is 
directly east and the kilns are clearly visible about 300 m to the north.  

 
James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services
14 Marian St,
RR#1 Woodstock, On, N4S-7V6
[519]537-2027
226-228-1428 [cell] - note - NEW
jmholdsworth AT rogers.com
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Subject: Surveyors needed for Breeding Bird Survey routes in Ontario
From: Audrey Heagy via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:25:21 -0400
Skilled birders are needed to survey Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) routes in 
Ontario. Volunteers must be good at birding by ear, have a reliable vehicle, 
and be able to survey their route in June or early July for several years. 




Volunteers are particularly needed to cover routes in northern Ontario 
(especially east of Lake Nipigon). Surveyors covering priority routes in 
northern Ontario may be eligible for financial assistance for travel expenses. 




A few BBS routes are available in southern Ontario near Dundalk, Kitchener, 
Arnprior, Sudbury and Espanola. 




Detailed information on the BBS program can be found on the Canadian BBS 
website http://ec.gc.ca/reom-mbs/default.asp?lang=en&n=416B57CA. A map showing 
available routes in Ontario is available at: 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm# 




For more information contact Audrey Heagy, Ontario BBS Coordinator, at 
aheagy AT birdcanada.org or 1-888-448-2473 x 166. 




Posted with permission of the list manager.

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (15 Apr 2014) Raptors
From: via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 05:04:56 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture               0           4814           6623
Osprey                       0             34             35
Bald Eagle                   0             16             30
Northern Harrier             0             32             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            455            496
Cooper's Hawk                0             40             69
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            159            383
Broad-winged Hawk            0              4              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0            505            939
Rough-legged Hawk            0              9             23
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             0             18             20
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              9

Total:                       0           6107           8765
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
Snow following rain until 1 p.m. then very windy

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Mishell ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Re: Eastern towhee near Port Burwell
From: Earthquest Canada via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:45:44 -0400
An adult male Eastern towhee showed up at the feeder today at 4:30 pm to help 
brighten the winter landscape. Although EATO generally show up at this time at 
my house, it was a welcomed sight as it is a sign that Spring is here, despite 
the recent snowfall. 

Directions:
My house is located in Norfolk county at 171 Lakeshore Road, just east of 
Regional Road #55. From Tillsonburg it is best to drive south through the towns 
of Eden and Stratfordville to Regional Road #45. Turn left onto Regional Road 
#45 and continue approximately 5 km to Regional Road #55. At Regional Road #55 
turn right, heading south approximately 5 km to Lakeshore Road. At Lakeshore 
Road, turn left, heading east approximately 2 km to North Road. My house is at 
the corner of North Road and Lakeshore Road. Simply proceed up the driveway and 
park in front of the house across from the feeders. All birders welcome. 

Good birding,Dave Jolly, B.Sc.,Senior Instructor & PresidentEARTHQUEST 
Biological Field School earthquestcanadaATyahoo.comwww.earthquestcanada.ca 

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Subject: OFO Field Trip Results - Ottawa East
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:34:04 -0400
Sunday morning, April 13th, 17 OFO members found 55 species east of Ottawa at 
the Petrie Island causeway and bridge and on the flooded fields along Trim, 
Milton and Frank Kenney Roads.The day was very cold, 2 C and windy with the 
wind chill well below freezing and light rain until mid morning. 

Snow (2), Cackling (10 including one group of 9) and over 1000 Canada Geese 
were found. Fourteen duck species were found the most interesting being 
American Wigeon (1 m), Blue-winged Teal (1 m), Northern Pintail (500+), Redhead 
(pair), Lesser Scaup (14), and Bufflehead (27). Also found were Pied-billed 
Grebe (2). The highlights of the day for many were single Great Egret and 
Greater Yellowlegs, Sandhill Crane (15), Lapland Longspur (2 calling) and Tree 
Swallow (45+). Good birding,Bob 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: ADMIN: Advertising on Ontbirds is not acceptable
From: Earthquest Canada via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:17:49 -0400
To whom it may concern:  
I would formally like to apologise to Mark Cranford, the OFO, or anyone who may 
have been offended by my recent post entitled "Learn how to identify birds". It 
was not meant as an insult, advertising, nor a commercial message. I did seek 
permission from Mark Cranford, but didn't get a response to a second email 
where I was asking how I should word the posting so it didn't sound like a 
commercial message or advertisement. I didn't want to ruffle any feathers. 
Unfortunately, it did. When I didn't get a response to my request for 
clarification sent on April 10th I decided to try and interpret the email I 
received when I asked for permission. Obviously I was wrong and it was a 
mistake to post anything. Clarification could have easily remedied this 
miscommunication and I would have appreciated a response. Apparently there's no 
way to remove the post once it's sent, so for this reason I must retract that 
posting. Please disregard it's content and sorry for any inconveniences this 
may have caused. 

Respectfully yours,Dave Jolly, B.Sc.,Senior Instructor & PresidentEARTHQUEST 
Biological Field SchoolTel: 
226-926-1470earthquestcanadaATyahoo.comwww.earthquestcanada.ca 

> Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:06:08 -0400
> To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
> Subject: [Ontbirds] ADMIN: Advertising on Ontbirds is not acceptable
> From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
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> OntBirds subscribers,
> 
> I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by a commercial message 
> which was sent in either error or misunderstanding earlier today but was 
> not approved as stated. OntBirds is intended as a service devoted to the 
> distribution of information related to rare or unusual bird sightings 
> free from commercial or other promotional influence. While we have 
> exercised leniency with the inclusion of web links that are embedded in 
> signature blocks, or to personal blog URL references, other commercial 
> or promotional messages are strongly discouraged in most circumstances.
> 
> Thank you for your understanding.
> -- 
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> Mark Cranford
> ONTBIRDS Coordinator
> Mississauga, ON
> mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
> 905 279 9576
> 
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Subject: Brighton
From: Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:31 -0400
Greetings: A most attractive male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was pecking
at the rail on my deck this morning at 46 Meade Street.  I have never seen
a Sapsucker so close.  Truly wonderful sighting!

A great start to a chilly day.

Joan
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Subject: ADMIN: Advertising on Ontbirds is not acceptable
From: "Mark Cranford \[Ontbirds\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:06:08 -0400
OntBirds subscribers,

I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by a commercial message 
which was sent in either error or misunderstanding earlier today but was 
not approved as stated. OntBirds is intended as a service devoted to the 
distribution of information related to rare or unusual bird sightings 
free from commercial or other promotional influence. While we have 
exercised leniency with the inclusion of web links that are embedded in 
signature blocks, or to personal blog URL references, other commercial 
or promotional messages are strongly discouraged in most circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding.
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ONTBIRDS Coordinator
Mississauga, ON
mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
905 279 9576

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Subject: Greater Yellowlegs, Prince Edward County
From: Pamela Stagg via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:45:01 -0400
The season’s first Greater Yellowlegs appeared at Kaiser Crossroad in Prince 
Edward County this morning. 


DIRECTIONS: From Picton, take Bridge Street AKA Highway 33 toward the Glenora 
ferry. Turn right on Lake on the Mountain Road/County Road 7, then right on 
Kaiser Crossroad. The Greater Yellowlegs was in the first wetland on the left. 

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Subject: Learn how to identify birds
From: Earthquest Canada via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:53:36 -0400
This is posted with permission of Mark Cranford, ONTbirds Coordinator;
For those interested in learning how to field identify and survey birds there 
is a new 4 day training course being offered by the EARTHQUEST Biological Field 
School. You may find the listing on Workcabin at; 

http://www.workcabin.ca/jobs/consulting/level-1-2-field-ornithology-fbt-course
as well as;
http://www.earthquestcanada.ca/Birdcourses.htm
All the best as you pursue bird sightings in 2014!
Dave Jolly, B.Sc.,Senior Instructor & PresidentEARTHQUEST Biological Field 
SchoolTel: 226-926-1470earthquestcanadaATyahoo.comwww.earthquestcanada.ca 

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Subject: Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound
From: bruce dilabio via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:33:54 +0000
Hi Everyone

 

After an incredible winter with record high numbers of Snowy Owls numbers, 
these Arctic beauties are now returning north. Today, 7 Snowy Owls were 
observed in Ottawa, 4 were observed along the Ottawa River and another 5 were 
observed south west of Ottawa. All these birds were in areas that didn’t hold 
any long term wintering birds. Last week I observed 23 Snowy Owls in the Ste. 
Rose-St.Isidore area. Based on winter observations many of these birds were 
migrants. Overall it was an exciting winter in eastern Ontario for Snowy Owls 
and likely a record number for both the Ottawa-Gatineau district and eastern 
Ontario. Starting in mid November reports of Snowy Owls were reported and by 
early December it was apparent an irruption was taking place with many owls 
reported from suitable habitat across eastern Ontario and further south. This 
movement coincided with the high numbers on the Avalon Peninsular in 
Newfoundland. Using Christmas Bird Count data and personal observation from 
Brian Morin, Jacques Bouvier and myself I’ve estimated that there were 140+ 
in the Ottawa-Gatineau district and over 350+ in eastern Ontario west to 
Presqu’ile Provincial Park. An amazing winter for Snowys. Interestingly there 
were few birds found dead in an emaciated condition. In the Ottawa area at 
least 10 individuals were hit by cars and rehabilitated, and another few were 
found dead as road kill. All Snowys appeared to be surviving well for the 
winter on a variety of prey including Meadow Voles and other small rodents and 
water birds. It was a great winter to observe these birds and study behavior. 
Many individuals set up winter territories and were present for weeks at the 
same location. Another interesting observation was that the Snowy Owl is as 
nocturnal as any other owl. On many occasions during January and February I 
observed Snowy Owls hunting at night from telephone poles between 5:00p.m. and 
12:00 midnight. Over the past 4 decades I never looked for Snowy Owls during 
the night and just considered them a diurnal owl. Between Carp and Kanata Ben 
and I observed at least 5 individuals hunting and these birds were very alert 
looking for prey not like the numerous birds we saw during the day that were 
more docile. All in all an exciting winter for learning! 


Good birding, 

Bruce 

  


 

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (14 Apr 2014) 164 Raptors
From: via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: 14 Apr 2014 20:04:42 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture             104           4814           6623
Osprey                       1             34             35
Bald Eagle                   0             16             30
Northern Harrier             1             32             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk          51            455            496
Cooper's Hawk                3             40             69
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            159            383
Broad-winged Hawk            3              4              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0            505            939
Rough-legged Hawk            0              9             23
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             0             18             20
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7              9

Total:                     164           6107           8765
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:45:00 
Total observation time: 5.08 hours

Official Counter:        John Stevens

Observers:        Paul Summerskill, Sandra Horvath

Visitors:
Bruce Timms, chairman of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority,
investigating the weekend's accident when two people fell over the edge. 


Weather:
Very strong, gusty winds from the southwest with warm temperatures and
generally overcast skies.  Slight haze to begin, a few sprinkles of rain
around 9 EST and then starting again around 11 EST.  Becoming a steady rain
by 12. 

Raptor Observations:
Male NH was being harassed by a Raven during the entire time it took them
to appear and pass from view.  TVs and sharpies were having difficulty
staying above the trees.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Common Loons heading south, a large (>50) flock of Cedar Waxwings, my
first Barn Swallow of the year

Predictions:
Hard to believe but the forecast is for snow in the morning so dress warmly
as the temperature is expected to be near zero.  In the pm there may be a
chance to see Broad-winged Hawks underlit by reflection off snow, a rara
avis at Beamer.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Stevens ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: American White Pelican continues at hamilton harbour, April 14
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:37:57 -0400
Bird is present and resting on rocks on west side of island with cormorant
nest poles. Seen from cciw parking lot.

Qew Niagara and exit eastport drive. At first lights turn right at Canada
centre for inland waters and view the islands.

Len manning
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Subject: Re: American White Pelican This Morning
From: rileygv AT yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:26:53 -0400
Around 11:30 AM the bird was on the water about 100 metres west of the third 
island‎. Winds were extremely powerful. 


Garth Riley
Etobicoke, Ontario
Rilegv AT yahoo.com
  Original Message  
From: Rob Buchanan
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:35 AM
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: [Ontbirds] American White Pelican This Morning

The American White Pelican was present at the islands just off Eastport
Drive from 7:45 to just after 9:00 this morning. It was on the third island
out from the Centre ( large one with trees) on the Burlington side of the
Canada Centre for Inland Waters. It was sitting at the end of the island
closest to the Centre. It was viaible from either the side of Eastport or
just inside the Centre grounds. Just about 9:00 AM, it flew towards the
Burlington Bay end of the Lift Bridge. As it flew, it looked like it was
going to land on the water well before the Lift Bridge but it wasn't on the
water when I got over there. Rob Buchanan

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Subject: Common Tern at Col. Sam
From: G B SKIP SHAND <skip.shand AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:54:07 -0400
Just had my first of year Common Tern, flying north toward the marina at Col. 
Sam Smith. Bottom of Kipling Ave., Toronto waterfront. 

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (12 Apr 2014) 104 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Apr 2014 11:04:01 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              20           4630           6439
Osprey                       3             24             25
Bald Eagle                   1             15             29
Northern Harrier             1             24             36
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            329            370
Cooper's Hawk                1             32             61
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          7            158            382
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             37            489            923
Rough-legged Hawk            1              9             23
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             4             14             16
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              7

Total:                     104           5743           8401
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Phil Waggett

Observers:        Bill Rapley, Dave Sked, Derek Lyon, Gord Kozak,
                  Jennifer Lyon, Mike Walker, Tom Thomas

Visitors:
Peter Scholtens led an environmental group from A Rocha, mostly families
with young children;  they were very interested in the presentation that we
put on about raptor monitoring at Beamer.  A number of visitors were
present and helping with the count--Gord Kozak, Jennifer & Derek Lyon, Dave
Sked, Tom Thomas, Sandy & Jennie Darling, the Konzes, Ron Pittaway, Bill
Rapley, Mike Walker, and Brandon Holden.  My apologies if I missed anyone
among the many people visiting today. 


Weather:
A blue, cloudless sky with light winds out of the south-west to start the
day;  by noon, the winds were moderate out of the northeast with increasing
cloudiness.  By the end of the day, the sky was overcast.

Raptor Observations:
Low numbers, with red-tails and sharp-shins the dominant species.  The
local coops and TV's were active during the day.  The bald eagle was a 3
year old.  The rough-leg was a light form bird.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 common loons, a few flickers, a belted kingfisher, a great blue heron,
and several tree swallows.  Double-crested cormorants were much in evidence
with several groups flying over.

Predictions:
Once the storm fronts pass early this week, we could be in for some
excellent counts starting Thursday as Broad Wing numbers continue to build
through Ripley, New York.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Phil Waggett ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: American White Pelican This Morning
From: "Rob Buchanan" <rbuchanan1 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:12:35 -0400
The American White Pelican was present at the islands just off Eastport
Drive from 7:45 to just after 9:00 this morning. It was on the third island
out from the Centre ( large one with trees) on the Burlington side of the
Canada Centre for Inland Waters. It was sitting at the end of the island
closest to the Centre. It was viaible from either the side of Eastport or
just inside the Centre grounds. Just about 9:00 AM, it flew towards the
Burlington Bay end of the Lift Bridge. As it flew, it looked like it was
going to land on the water well before the Lift Bridge but it wasn't on the
water when I got over there. Rob Buchanan

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes, Horned Grebes, Thrushes - Gananoque to Belleville
From: Wallace Rendell <WRendell AT Loyalistc.on.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:53:14 +0000
These postings are late, and more of local interest perhaps:



1) Saturday; near Gananoque; off hwy 32 near hwy 15; Long Point Rd at Olajos 
Lane: the marsh on Olajos Lane had 3 Horned Grebes foraging in faster-flowing 
water, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, one entering breeding plumage; 




2) Saturday; near Odessa; a pair of Sandhill Cranes flew SW over the 401 at 
Wilton Rd; 




3) Sunday; near Belleville; Frink Centre sugar shack trail; in sultry, still, 
humid bottomland, singing were Hermit Thrushes, one Swainson's Thrush, two 
Brown Creepers, one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, numerous Golden-crowned Kinglets and 
DE Juncos, two Yellow-rumped Warblers, one Winter Wren, and Eastern Phoebes 
which will likely nest on the Maple Sugar Shack. Flickers, YB Sapsuckers, and 
Pileated Woodpeckers are also excavating cavities there. 




On the Riverside Trail, 3 Pied-billed Grebes in the shallows of a high Moira 
River. 




Warning, Frink Centre Trails: For those familiar with the Frink Centre, ice 
still covers the large wetland off the parking lot, and the bridge crossing the 
bottomland near the sugar shack is completely under water, with only railing 
occasionally showing. 




Wallace
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Subject: Reverse Migration (?) Scugog Twp.
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:39:34 -0400
I was doing one of my migration watches this morning from 7 to 9 a.m. and 
observed what appears to be a reverse migration. One Eastern Meadowlark, 
several each of Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Northern 
Flickers, Barn and Tree Swallows, Eurasian Starlings, American Robins and 
Common Grackles were the predominate species that seemed to be heading south in 
numbers. Are they anticipating tonight’s storm and tomorrow's plunging 
temperatures? It’s always hard to define something like a reverse migration 
unless one lives near a funnelling point such as Point Pelee Tip, but the 
movement was intriguing to say the least. At the same time as the smaller birds 
were moving south, gulls were moving north at altitude so likely were migrating 
northbound as was one Great Blue Heron. 


A Common Loon started north at about 8:45 and then headed back south at about 9 
and it (or another) also flew south about 9:10 – these are not likely reverse 
migrants, but rather scouts looking for one water. Lake Scugog is still quite 
ice covered as are many of the ponds up here, so I suspect the loons will try 
again in a couple of days. 


Wood Ducks, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Belted Kingfisher, Chipping, Fox & Field 
Sparrows and cormorants are all back. Woodcocks are displaying and a Great 
Honed Owl is serenading me at night. A Copper’s Hawk is doing its display 
flight, the Pileated Woodpeckers are paired, the Ravens are chortling and the 
turkeys are a-gobbling. Spring has finally reached the hinterland! 


These observations were made near Lakeridge and Reach Streets, Scugog Twp.

Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: American White Pelican - NOT in Hamilton
From: Karl & Kathy Konze <konze AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:25:00 -0400
I was at Eastport Drive this morning between 6:40 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. and could 
not find the American White Pelican reported yesterday evening. I also checked 
the nearshore waters of Lake Ontario at the ship canal. Perhaps it has flown to 
Cootes Paradise (didn't have tome to check)? 


Good luck,

Karl Konze
Guelph, Ontario
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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (13 Apr 2014) 200 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Apr 2014 22:04:28 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              80           4690           6499
Osprey                       9             30             31
Bald Eagle                   1             15             29
Northern Harrier             7             30             42
Sharp-shinned Hawk          75            375            416
Cooper's Hawk                5             36             65
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            152            376
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk             16            468            902
Rough-legged Hawk            0              8             22
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             4             14             16
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              6              8

Total:                     200           5839           8497
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Escott

Observers:        Andy Morgan, Barry Cherriere, Bill Reid, George Bryant,
                  George Holland, Nathan Hood, Tim McCarthy, Wayne Renaud

Visitors:
Many families hiking through the parking lot with small children and/or
dogs were attracted to the tower and came up to see what was happening. All
were very friendly and interested.


Weather:
The day started out clear but wet from overnight rain, became overcast and
cool, warmed up as a front moved in and winds became strong and gusty out
of the SW for much of the day, and ended warm and sunny.

Raptor Observations:
A steady trickle of birds fought their way against the strong winds -- good
variety of species, but low numbers. Good Osprey flight (9 birds) and
perhaps the first Broad-wing of the season. The one Bald Eagle was in Basic
I plumage. Of seven Northern Harrier only one was clearly an adult male,
the others all being brown birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flickers in big numbers (> 100). Good variety of sparrows: Fox,
Song, White-throated, American Tree, Chipping, Field. A fly-over
Black-crowned Night Heron, two Common Loon, a Belted Kingfisher and several
Great Blue Heron. Five Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. 



Predictions:
South winds are forecast to start the day, becoming SW by mid-morning with
rain beginning around mid-day. Doesn't sound to promising!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Chris Escott ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Pelee Island April 12-13
From: Ken Burrell <kenneth.gd.burrell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:22:39 -0400
Hi Birders,

The weather looked a little too inviting to pass up, so I ventured to the
island this weekend for some 'early' spring migration and was definitely
not disappointed.

Both days were really comfortable (weather wise) and I had some interesting
sightings, with my notable one's listed below among ~100 species:

Yellow-throated Warbler - 1 beautiful (*albilora*/white lores) male singing
away at Sheridan's Point today (13th).

Louisiana Waterthrush - 1 male singing at Middle Point today.

Northern Goshawk - 1 young female (big!) terrorizing the birds at the north
end yesterday (12th).

Glaucous Gull - 1 bird at Wheatley Harbour today (13th)

Lapland Longspur - while not that 'unusual', I had a flock of 500+ a few
minutes east of Wheatley along Hwy. 3

There was also a Chimney Swift seen by bird observatory staff today. Most
of the 'expected' migrants were in evidence and in good numbers. Tomorrow
should be even better!

To see checklists from both days, click the links below:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17863924
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17876782

In addition to the birds, I had both Garter and Lake Erie Watersnakes,
Painted and Snapping Turtles, Questionmark and several Red Admirals. Spring
wild flowers were starting to poke up too.

For specific directions to locations on the island, please email me
privately. To see the ferry schedule, click the following link:
http://www.ontarioferries.com/peleeferry/english/schedule.html

Good birding,
Ken Burrell
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Subject: American White Pelican - Hamilton - Centre for Inland Waters
From: Mark Field <mark.field AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:23:55 -0400
Hello,

At 6:15 p.m. today, Jon Ruddy and I found an American White Pelican on the 
North Shore Islands near the Canada Centre for Inland Waters. 


From the QEW West, exit at Eastport Drive, then turn right onto Lakeshore Road. 


Cheers,

Mark Field
Toronto
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Ottawa East (Navan)
From: tom devecseri <navanbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:58:55 -0400
Hello

Ottawa East (Navan)

5 Sandhill Cranes south of Smith Road / West of Milton Road  AT  4pm

Tom Devecseri - Navan
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Subject: Trip to Luther Marsh
From: Karl & Kathy Konze <konze AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:11:09 -0400
This morning, my son William and I drove up to the Luther Marsh area to try and 
see some of the Sandhill Cranes that were reported. Along the way we saw a 
Snowy Owl NE of Metz (along 5th LIne, north of the York Soaring Association). 
Also at that location was a female Northern Harrier hunting low over the 
fields. 


Then, in a flooded field just southeast of Luther Marsh, near the south end of 
Sideroad 21 & 22, we saw 2 Sandhill Cranes, along with a variety of waterfowl 
species (amongst others including Northern Pintail, American WIgeon, 
Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead and a pair of Ring-necked 
ducks). Further up the road opposite the NE end of the reservoir, we heard many 
Dark-eyed Juncos singing from amongst the pines. Included with them was a Fox 
Sparrow, our first Chipping Sparrow this spring, several Golden-crowned 
Kinglets and Brown Creepers, as well as our first Pine Warbler. Further north 
an Osprey flew west across the road. 


A short time later, driving west through the boggy wetland along Wellington 
Road fifteen, we stopped to listen to several American Tree Sparrows singing. 
While stopped, we also heard a winnowing Wilson's Snipe and saw a Rough-legged 
Hawk circling and cruising overhead (getting a bit late). As we watched it to 
make sure it wasn't a Golden Eagle, a Merlin flew by and briefly harassed the 
hawk. 


On our way back home towards Guelph, we encountered another Sandhill Crane on 
the west side of Luther Marsh, NE of Eighth Line and 16. Further south still, 
we came across yet another Snowy Owl, this one east of Side Road 15, perhaps 
300 m south of Second Line. While we were stopped looking at it with our scope, 
a flock of Snow Buntings flew by. My son watched them do a very wide circle 
around us, zipping low down over the fields and then up and back down. Try as 
he might, he wasn't able to spot any Lapland Longspurs amongst them. 


I am sure I must have missed some other noteworthy observations (e.g. several 
Northern Ravens), but that's all for now. 


Best wishes,

Karl Konze
Guelph, Ontario

Directions: Luther Marsh is approximately 12 km northeast of Arthur, Ontario
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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell S.L.)
From: Jarmo Jalava <jjalava AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:06:13 -0400
Male Eurasian Wigeon right now at Mitchell Sewage Lagoons--northeast cell.  

Take Wellington St south to dead end at parking lot from Hwy 8 in downtown 
Mitchell. 


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Subject: Ross's Geese, Snowy Owl - Minesing Swamp, Simcoe County
From: Josh Vandermeulen <joshvandermeulen AT live.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:09:58 -0400
This afternoon I found 2 Ross's Geese along Strongville Road on the north side 
of the Minesing Swamp, located west of Barrie in Simcoe County. They are 
currently in a field on the west side of Strongville Road, about 1km south of 
the intersection with Sunnidale Concession 9. A snowy owl was in the same area. 
There are extensive flooded fields near here with huge numbers of waterfowl - 
see my Ebird checklist for the other species. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17872415 


Directions: 

Hwy 26 runs between Barrie and Collingwood. Turn south onto Strongville Road 
from Hwy 26. Keep going south until you pass Sunnidale Concession 9, and look 
for geese flocks. 

Large numbers of waterfowl are also present on Sunnidale Concession 2 east of 
County Road 10, which is along the southwest side of the Minesing Swamp. 


Good birding,
Josh
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Subject: Leslie St. Spit - 25 Waterfowl Species, Canvasbacks, Teals etc.
From: Iain Fleming <iaindmfleming AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:38 -0400
Birded the spit for a few hours this morning and came away with 25 Waterfowl 
species. A nice combination of winter stragglers and spring arrivals. 


Highlights were:

18 Canvasbacks 
6 Green-winged Teal
1 Northern Pintail
1 Northern Shoveler
1 Osprey
1 Fox Sparrow
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Horned Grebe
4 Iceland Gulls

Full eBird checklist here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S17871879 


Good Birding,
Iain
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Subject: Snow Geese - Lancaster
From: John Cooper <jcooper AT doliaris.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:45:43 -0400
There are currently approximately 2000-3000 Snow Geese east of Lancaster
including at least 20 dark morphs  A scope will be required for viewing.

From the 401 take the Lancaster exit and turn south.  Immediately after
crossing over the 401 turn left onto South Service Road and proceed
approximately six kilometres before turning south onto 2nd Line.  Stop near
the super-box mail boxes and view from there.

good birding,
John Cooper
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Subject: Cavendish park London ON
From: scole <scole4 AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:30:38 -0400
2 hermit thrushes, northern flicker and yellow rump this morning

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Subject: Brighton
From: Joan Kelbrick <jkelbrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:03:52 -0400
Greetings: The first Purple Finch of the season is currently at my feeder
46 Meade Street, Brighton.

Maureen
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Subject: Pine Warbler at Black Oak, Windsor
From: David McNorton <tigerheron44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:15:17 -0400
On the ground, in a mixed flock of kinglets chickadees and twice at 9:45
this morning.  I took pictures withy phone, so if they turn out I will post
one on third.
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds still at Minesing Wetlands, N. of Angus; Hermit Thrush and nesting GHOW at Luther Marsh
From: "Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" <Chip.Weseloh AT ec.gc.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:22:22 -0400
I checked out the Rusty Blackbirds posted by Cory Jenkins yesterday and
found them at a different nearby location at about 4:30 PM on Saturday.
There was a mixed flock of 100-200 RWBBs and RUBBs foraging right along
the north side of the roadway, on Concession 2, east of  Hwy 10, at
Brentwood, just north of Angus. This would be at the SW corner of the
Minesing Wetlands.

 

Later Saturday, near dusk,  I was at the South Monticello Pond at Luther
Marsh where I had a Hermit Thrush, a Great Horned owl sitting on a nest
(in the heron colony there), two pairs of Trumpeter Swans and several
Sandhill Cranes (some seen, others just heard). The owl, trumpeters and
sandhills were also seen there at dawn on Thursday (9 April).

 

Directions: Rusty BBs - From Angus, go north on Hwy 10. At Brentwood, go
right (east) on Concession 2. Immediately past Kearnan Rd, which
intersects from the right, watch for blackbirds feeding at the edge of
the water/flooded swamp on your left. Thdre will be a turnaround at the
end of Conc. 2.

 

South Monticello Pond - From Grand Valley, go north on Hwy 25, turn left
(west) at either Concession 6-7 or 8-9, then go right (north) on
Sideroad 21-22. You will shortly pass the main entrance & kiosk for the
Luther Marsh Cons. Area on your left; a little farther down the
sideroad, you will cross over a small concrete bridge. O.6 km farther
down the road, on your left,  will be a treeline marking the end of a
coniferous woodlot of small (<10' tall) pine trees. Park along the side
of the road, walk along the treeline for 200-300m until you are
overlooking the South Pond, which will be directly in front of you. This
is also the Pond where we have had over 400 egrets roosting in the late
summer.....but there are none there now (yet !). There is a charge for
use of the CA facilities; check at the kiosk.

 

Cheers,

 

Chip    

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Subject: Field Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe and more @ Short Hills Prov Park
From: Robert Gerald Porter <walk.the.plank AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:31:02 -0400
Greetings birders,

This morning my wife and I hiked many of the trails in the north section of
the Short Hills Provincial Park. Most notable finds were two Field Sparrows
singing along the Swayze Falls' Trail, as well as a few Eastern Phoebes and
a noisy Belted Kingfisher along the Twenty Mile Creek.

Also of note were numerous Tree Swallows at a couple of the bird-box areas,
where also Eastern Bluebirds were present. At both sites (one at the
central trailhead nexus, another at the Swayze Falls Trail north terminus
plateau) a pair of bluebirds were making themselves known to the tree
swallows, keeping them off their bird houses.

One odd discovery at the Swayze Falls Trail north terminus bird boxes was
the decapitated remains of a male Lesser Scaup. I'm not sure what predator
would do this, or what else could lead to something like that. The location
in question is not really near any potential scaup or duck habitat.

Some non-bird related finds were several Eastern Ribbonsnakes, the
deafening presence of lots of vocal frogs (my ears were ringing for a while
after), some spring crocus flowers, and a lone Mourning Cloak butterfly.

Short Hills Provincial Park is day-use only, and has no entry or parking
fees. Parking lots are along Pelham Road, Roland Road, and at the end of
Wiley Road.

For the entrance I used, follow Pelham Road west out of St. Catharines, the
parking lot will be on your left about a kilometre west of First Street
Louth. Not many trail maps are posted on site, but last year I hiked most
of them and added them into Google Maps which you can access on your
smartphone or print out in advance. Some trails are muddy, expect many
short moderately steep sections.

Cheers
Rob
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Subject: 25th Annual OFO Algonquin Park Trip: 12 April 2014
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:18:18 -0400
About 80 participants enjoyed a beautiful spring day in Algonquin Park
today, with the entire group encountering a total of 52 species. Our main
goal was to see the boreal species plus as many other birds as we could
find. Widespread knee-deep snow limited where we could go but we lucked
out in the accessible places available.

A displaying male Spruce Grouse near an "indifferent" female north of the
register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk was a life species for a number of
people and a highlight for everyone.

A male and a female Black-backed Woodpecker were observed excavating a nest
cavity in the first telephone pole west of Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Vocalizing Boreal Chickadees were noted in the black spruce section of
Opeongo Road, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along Highway 60 just west of
Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Gray Jays were seen near the northern bridge over Costello Creek and farther
north in the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

First sightings for this spring in Algonquin Park included:
-Wood Duck: five at the Little Madawaska
-Red-breasted Merganser: male at Smoke Creek with Common Mergansers
-Merlin: male at Harkness Lab on Opeongo Lake
-Belted Kingfisher: female along Costello Creek
-Bohemian Waxwing: four perched in a dead tree a little east of the West
Gate
-American Tree Sparrow: Opeongo Road

As usual, it was great fun to spend the day birding with such an
enthusiastic group. I would like to thank everyone who helped find and
identify birds today, and in particular Kevin Clute and Justin Peter for
their assistance on the trip.

Ron Tozer
Dwight, ON

DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).
 





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