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Long-tailed Ground-roller,©Tony Disley

25 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors []
26 Nov Comber- Snowny Owl [Randall Van Wagner ]
25 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (25 Nov 2014) 13 Raptors []
25 Nov Eurasian Tree Sparrow Niagara-on-the-Lake [Josh Vandermeulen ]
25 Nov Eurasian Tree-Sparrow, NOTL []
25 Nov Harlequin Duck -- Port Dover [Jody Allair ]
25 Nov Townsend's Solitaire seen at noon [Elias ]
25 Nov Re: Fw: Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues at Niagara-on-the-Lake []
25 Nov Fw: Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues at Niagara-on-the-Lake []
25 Nov Snowy owl in Barrie [gord armstrong ]
25 Nov TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE; south of Peterborough, heck yes! [olivesided ]
25 Nov Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Niagara-on-the-Lake [Craig Corcoran ]
24 Nov Varied Thrush North of Kingsville [Paul Pratt ]
24 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors []
24 Nov Snowy Owls on Manitoulin Island [Jean Iron ]
24 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors []
24 Nov Townsend's Solitaire - south of Peterborough ["Martin and Kathy Parker" ]
24 Nov Snow Geese flocks by 401 close to Quebec Border [A & K Williams ]
24 Nov Townsend's Solitaire Bailieboro [Luke Berg ]
24 Nov Osprey among 15 raptors at Cranberry on Nov.24 [Doug Lockrey ]
24 Nov Thayer's Gull, Minden.... [Poropat/Fraser ]
23 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (23 Nov 2014) 44 Raptors []
23 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2014) 26 Raptors []
23 Nov Brant at Bronte Harbour [Gavin Edmondstone ]
23 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors []
22 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors []
22 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors []
22 Nov Fort Erie - Juvenile American Golden-Plover, Cackling Geese [Marcie Jacklin ]
22 Nov Pipit - Panmure Road - west of Ottawa [iain wilkes ]
22 Nov Brewer's Blackbird of Nov 15, Rondeau PP - Retraction! [Barry Coombs ]
22 Nov Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
22 Nov red-headed woodpecker - immature; Carden ["Ginny" ]
22 Nov Great Egret (Windsor) [Kelly Morrissey ]
21 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (21 Nov 2014) 97 Raptors []
21 Nov High Park Hawk Watch Fri Nov. 21, 2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
21 Nov Snowy Owl in Oxford County [RICHARD SKEVINGTON ]
21 Nov Variety of birds today east of Toronto [Norm Murr ]
21 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2014) 115 Raptors []
21 Nov Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 21st November 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
21 Nov 6 Common Redpolls, Hermit thrush Merrickville, eastern Ontario [Gerard ]
21 Nov Ross's Goose 11/21/14 [joetf1973--- via ONTBIRDS ]
20 Nov Tundra Swans Niagara river south ["greatlakes" ]
20 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Nov 2014) 26 Raptors []
20 Nov Algonquin Park Birding Report: 20 November 2014 [Ron Tozer ]
20 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2014) 20 Raptors []
20 Nov Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending November 20, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
20 Nov Ottawa/Gatineau - November 20, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak ]
20 Nov Early "winter' bird report from Gowganda..Temisk. Dist, 6 hours North of Toronto via hwy 11N ["Paul and Gert Trudel" ]
19 Nov Volunteer counters needed for Niagara River Corridor IBA census [Mike Burrell ]
19 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Nov 2014) 5 Raptors []
19 Nov Burlington: [Barbara Cannery ]
19 Nov pine siskins in Woodville [Eric Davis ]
19 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2014) 2 Raptors []
19 Nov Wilson's Snipe and Hermit Thrush, Earl Rowe Park, Simcoe County [John Schmelefske ]
19 Nov Re: NO - Myiarchus flycatcher in Barrie [Mark Field ]
18 Nov Myiarchus flycatcher in Barrie [MARK FIELD ]
18 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (18 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors []
18 Nov HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors []
18 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2014) 10 Raptors []
18 Nov Fw: eBird Report - Scugog Twp - Chipping Sparrow ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
18 Nov North Shrike - east of Carleton Place [iain wilkes ]
18 Nov HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2014) 76 Raptors []
17 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Nov 2014) 36 Raptors []
18 Nov Niagara gulls today [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Nov Snow Buntings (SNBU) on Lobsinger Line near Heidelberg, ON [Don McKinnon ]
17 Nov HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors []
17 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2014) 17 Raptors []
17 Nov Fwd: Retraction -- possibly ALBINO BONAPARTE'S At Adam Beck [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Nov Long Point Update - November 17, 2014 [Stuart Mackenzie ]
17 Nov Retraction -- possibly ALBINO BONAPARTE'S At Adam Beck [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Nov Ivory Gull - Adam Beck - niagara right now [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Nov HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors []
16 Nov Brant and Snow Goose re Carol Horner's report yesterday.. Peterborough and Burleigh Falls ["Bruce F. Aikins" ]
16 Nov Cattle Egret [Charmaine Anderson ]
16 Nov Re: Caspian Terns Nov 15 Leslie St Spit - Decoys [Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Nov Caspian Terns Nov 15 Leslie St Spit ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]

Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Nov 2014 20:11:15 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2201          69758
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   2             88            333
Northern Harrier             2             92            396
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            133           4604
Cooper's Hawk                1             55            457
Northern Goshawk             0              6              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            176            742
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              2           1485           4286
Rough-legged Hawk            0             16             26
Golden Eagle                 1             74            125
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                       9           4357         266425
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
1


Weather:
The predicted afternoon clearing never materialized. We were gray and
overcast from start to finish. Cold temperatures returned after a brief
weekend respite. The wind was strong and out of the west.

Raptor Observations:
A trickle of migrants made their way across the channel periodically
throughout the day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Goose (4), Gadwall (120+), Common Merganser (15+), Horned Grebe (25+),
Redhead (3), Canvasback (3), Common Goldeneye (8), Ruddy Duck (40+),
American Black Duck (2), Pine Siskin (80+)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with cold temps and light, variable wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Comber- Snowny Owl
From: Randall Van Wagner <Randall.Vanwagner AT ltvca.ca>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:35:02 +0000
Take Comber exit off 401, go north first left is Lakeshore rd 305, head west, 
about 1 km on the south side, bird was about 100m from the road out in the 
middle of the field. 

Randall Van Wagner
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (25 Nov 2014) 13 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Nov 2014 16:11:47 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1693          48421
Osprey                       0              3             56
Bald Eagle                   0             49            285
Northern Harrier             3            148            551
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            148           7772
Cooper's Hawk                2             34            320
Northern Goshawk             0              5             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            109            412
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              8           1058           2417
Rough-legged Hawk            0             17             23
Golden Eagle                 0             50             76
American Kestrel             0              7           1026
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             0              8             54
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             24            224
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      13           3364          98154
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Todd Pepper

Weather:
A grey and overcast day today, with 10-20km/h winds from the SW and
temperatures around freezing. 

Raptor Observations:
13 birds of 3 species flew through today. Most were Red-tailed Hawks (8),
followed by Northern Harriers (3) and Cooper's Hawks (2). A few other
Red-tailed Hawks were seen hunting but didn't migrate.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was pretty quiet out there. Much of the marsh is open water again so
there was a return of ducks, mostly Mallards, with the odd American Black
Duck, Northern Shoveler and Northern Pintail in there. See today's eBird
list http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20670358

Predictions:
Still a cool day but North winds! Wind strength should also be much lower,
so we may see a few more raptors flying through the marsh.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow Niagara-on-the-Lake
From: Josh Vandermeulen <joshvandermeulen AT live.ca>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:39:04 -0500
At 4:32 pm the Eurasian tree sparrow flew in to the platform feeder and stayed 
for less than 30 seconds. It was by itself. Very skittish. 

See directions below


Good birding,
Josh Vandermeulen



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Begin forwarded message:

> From: 2barbara.charlton AT gmail.com
> Date: November 25, 2014 at 13:21:56 EST
> To: Ontbirds 
> Subject: [Ontbirds] Fw: Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues at 
Niagara-on-the-Lake 

> 
> Ontario Birders, 
> 
> The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is still coming to the platform feeder at the front 
of 15732 Niagara Parkway. Poor Records shots obtained. Good Luck. 

> 
> 
> Barb Charlton
> 
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.
>   Original Message  
> From: Craig Corcoran 
> Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:55 AM
> To: Ontbirds
> Subject: [Ontbirds] Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Niagara-on-the-Lake
> 
> Has been seen visiting front yard table feeder at 15732 Niagara River Parkway 
in a large flock of resident sparrows. Feeder can be viewed easily from car 
window on service road 70. Discovered by Brianne Corcoran and confirmed by 
Gerry Shemilt and Craig Corcoran. 

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Subject: Eurasian Tree-Sparrow, NOTL
From: kenneth.gd.burrell AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:54:16 -0500
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Subject: Harlequin Duck -- Port Dover
From: Jody Allair <jody.allair AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:32:38 -0500
I just found a juvenile/ female Harlequin Duck in the canal at the far end of 
the Port Dover pier right in front of the parking area. It was swimming very 
close to the parking lot loosely associating with a small group of Buffleheads. 
Some crappy record shots taken. 


Port Dover is located on HWY 6, 45 min southwest of Hamilton.
Directions to the Port Dover pier: 
 
http://goo.gl/maps/dCeWB

Good Birding!
Jody Allair

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire seen at noon
From: Elias <elias.j.takacs AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:42:01 -0500
Several fellow birders and I observed the Townsend's Solitaire today around
noon after a good hour of searching.  This time it was seen on Evertson
Road about 100 to 150 metres (south) from Hannah Road.  Strong winds added
to the difficult task.

Directions: Take 401, get off at 28 and take it north, then go east on
Hannah and start looking at around house #158 or where Evertson meets
Hannah.  Good luck.
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Subject: Re: Fw: Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues at Niagara-on-the-Lake
From: cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:25:56 -0500
Good on you Bob!

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.
 Original Message 
From: 2barbara.charlton AT gmail.com
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:21 PM
To: Ontbirds
Subject: [Ontbirds] Fw: Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues at	Niagara-on-the-Lake

Ontario Birders,

The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is still coming to the platform feeder at the front 
of 15732 Niagara Parkway. Poor Records shots obtained. Good Luck. 



Barb Charlton

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.
 Original Message 
From: Craig Corcoran 
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:55 AM
To: Ontbirds
Subject: [Ontbirds] Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Niagara-on-the-Lake

Has been seen visiting front yard table feeder at 15732 Niagara River Parkway 
in a large flock of resident sparrows. Feeder can be viewed easily from car 
window on service road 70. Discovered by Brianne Corcoran and confirmed by 
Gerry Shemilt and Craig Corcoran. 

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Subject: Fw: Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues at Niagara-on-the-Lake
From: 2barbara.charlton AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:21:56 -0500
Ontario Birders,

The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is still coming to the platform feeder at the front 
of 15732 Niagara Parkway. Poor Records shots obtained. Good Luck. 



Barb Charlton

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.
 Original Message 
From: Craig Corcoran 
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:55 AM
To: Ontbirds
Subject: [Ontbirds] Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Niagara-on-the-Lake

Has been seen visiting front yard table feeder at 15732 Niagara River Parkway 
in a large flock of resident sparrows. Feeder can be viewed easily from car 
window on service road 70. Discovered by Brianne Corcoran and confirmed by 
Gerry Shemilt and Craig Corcoran. 

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Subject: Snowy owl in Barrie
From: gord armstrong <armstronggord AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:18:14 +0000 (UTC)
  A Snowy Owl was observed 3 different times during the day, yesterday Nov 24. 
The siting was around the bend (southwest corner) on King St. off Veteran's, 
just south of Maple view in Barrie. 

Good birding,Gord Armstrong
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Subject: TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE; south of Peterborough, heck yes!
From: olivesided <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:37:47 -0500
Jeff Jones and I have refound the solitaire.  It's currently eating mountain 
ash on the west side of driveway at 158 Hannah.  Photos obtained. 


From Port hope take 28 to Hannah road 
TURN right and go to 158. 

Apologies for late post my old ones didn't go out

Len manning and Jeff Jones 

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Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Niagara-on-the-Lake
From: Craig Corcoran <craigcorcoran AT stormking.ca>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:54:14 -0500
Has been seen visiting front yard table feeder at 15732 Niagara River Parkway 
in a large flock of resident sparrows. Feeder can be viewed easily from car 
window on service road 70. Discovered by Brianne Corcoran and confirmed by 
Gerry Shemilt and Craig Corcoran. 

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Subject: Varied Thrush North of Kingsville
From: Paul Pratt <naturalist AT primus.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:18:41 -0500
A Varied Thrush has been coming to feeders at the Heil residence North of 
Kingsville for the past week. The bird has not been seen since this morning but 
gale force winds have been blowing all afternoon. 


Go north from Kingsville on Division Road and turn west on County Rd 4 W. The 
Heil residence is house #1717 on the south side of the road. 


Please stay at the roadside. The bird has been coming to feed put out below the 
front windows. 


Paul Pratt
natualist AT prims.ca


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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Nov 2014 20:11:38 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2201          69758
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   0             86            331
Northern Harrier             2             90            394
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            132           4603
Cooper's Hawk                0             54            456
Northern Goshawk             0              6              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            176            742
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              1           1483           4284
Rough-legged Hawk            0             16             26
Golden Eagle                 0             73            124
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                       3           4348         266416
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Light morning rain and heavy afternoon wind led to a truncated outing.
Gusting southwest wind, reaching speeds greater than 30 mph, sent us
scurrying for cover by mid-afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
A couple harriers and a Redtail struggled their way south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Pine Siskin (30+), Horned Lark (40+), Gadwall (3), Bufflehead (1), Great
Black-backed Gull (1)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with cold temps, strong west wind and a 40 percent chance of
snow flurries.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
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Subject: Snowy Owls on Manitoulin Island
From: Jean Iron <jeaniron AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:42:20 -0500
Erwin Meissner just called to say that 14 Snowy Owls were seen today in the
Gore Bay area of Manitoulin Island - most were very lightly marked to "snow
white" individuals indicating that they hatched before this year. 

Erwin said there was a Northern Hawk-Owl in the Massey area (west of
Sudbury) a week ago. He reports Common Redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks are
widespread in the Manitoulin and Elliot Lake to Killarney Provincial Park
area. He doesn't have email so if you want more information, please call him
at 705-368-0161.

Ron Pittaway and Jean Iron
Toronto ON


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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Nov 2014 17:11:18 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1693          48421
Osprey                       0              3             56
Bald Eagle                   0             49            285
Northern Harrier             5            145            548
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            148           7772
Cooper's Hawk                0             32            318
Northern Goshawk             0              5             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            109            412
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              3           1050           2409
Rough-legged Hawk            0             17             23
Golden Eagle                 0             50             76
American Kestrel             0              7           1026
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             1              8             54
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             24            224
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       9           3351          98141
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        

Weather:
An interesting weather day today. Starting the count got put off for a
little while due to some thunderstorms and heavy rain at the tower. Bands
of rain/drizzle came through for the next 2 hours and then cleared up.
Shortly thereafter, wind speed picked up quite a lot, some gusts up to
55km/h. Rather than unintentionally flying off the tower along with the
scope, I decided that was my cue to call it a day. The wind hovered around
the SW all day. 

Raptor Observations:
3 Northern Harriers pushed through the rain in the first couple hours, and
one "busy" hour right before the wind picked up brought the rest of the
day's birds: 2 more Harriers, 3 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Peregrine Falcon. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Mallards were having a rough go of it today. One got picked off by a
resident juvenile Bald Eagle, hauled out of one of the open patches of
water in the marsh (after a lot of unsuccessful attempts where the eagle
ended up sitting in the water trying to fish the duck out). Another Mallard
was hesitant about flying in the high winds but seemed intent on moving
farther into the marsh, so it floundered and slipped and clambered over
small open puddles of water and ice until it reached the ring of land
around the trout pond. Passerines were not very abundant today, though a
few American Tree and Song Sparrows (one banded) were feeding around the
tower and some Horned Larks and Goldfinches flew overhead. See today's
eBird list http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20661626

Predictions:
Strong winds from the SW and W continuing tomorrow with a mix of sun and
clouds and temperatures around freezing.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - south of Peterborough
From: "Martin and Kathy Parker" <mparker19 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:49:57 -0500
On Sunday, Nov. 23 Iain Rayner located and photographed a Townsend's
Solitaire se of Bailiebors, south of Peterborough.  The bird was relocated
this morning by Scott Gibson, Drew Monkman, Jim Cashmore and Martin Parker.

 

The bird was on the north side of Hannah Road, in the tree line/hedge row to
the west of the driveway with civic address 158.  We observed the bird from
the roadway.  It was seen in a tree at the edge of the tree line then flew
to the lawn area and then back into the shrubs.  On Sunday it was
photographed on the south side of Hannah Road.  This road is the dividing
road between Peterborough and Northumberland Counties.

 

Directions:

 

From Peterborough - take Peterborough County Road #28 south through the
hamlet of Baileboro.  Hannah Road is the first left south of Bailieboro.
Follow Hannah Road to the first intersection, Evertson Rd.  The location
with the Townsend's Solitaire was just west on this intersection on both
sides of the road.

 

From Port Hope - take Northumberland County Rod #28 north from Port Hope.
Hannah Road is a right turn after one passes the two entrances to Bewdley
and the western end of Rice Lake.  One on Hannah Rd see the instruction
above.

 

 

 

Martin Parker

Peterborough

 

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Subject: Snow Geese flocks by 401 close to Quebec Border
From: A & K Williams <kenang AT bell.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:05:39 -0500
If you are traveling in or out of Quebec via the 401, be sure to watch 
the fields before and after Lancaster, in the 5-15 km west of and 
approaching or leaving Quebec. On the way home from a conference, we saw 
many hundreds of Snow Geese in the fields and flocks flying over the 
highway yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and on Friday as well. My first 
Ontario Snow Geese this year and there seemed to be even more there 
yesterday than Friday afternoon.

There were even more along highway 10 in Quebec in the range of about 30 
km east of Montreal in case that interests someone for their Quebec list.

Ken Williams
905 870 8584

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire Bailieboro
From: Luke Berg <j.budgell AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:14:23 -0500
Hi all,
Yesterday at around noon a Townsends Solitaire was found on Hannah Road which 
is located just south of Bailieboro (a small town about 20 km south of 
Peterborough). Today it was relocated in almost the exact same spot as 
yesterday at 12:20 and again at 12:50. It was found in the hedge row on the 
west side of house number 158 Hannah Road (which is on the north side of Hannah 
road opposite Evertsen Rd). There are plenty of berry trees around (lots of 
buckthorn and several mountain ash) so the bird will likely stay around for a 
while. I did not talk to the property owners of 158 Hannah Rd, but there are no 
trespassing signs put up so please DO NOT GO ONTO THEIR PROPERTY. There were a 
few other birds around including a flock of 25 Common Redpolls. 


Directions from the 401: Take highway 28 18 km north, and turn right onto 
Hannah Rd. #158 Hannah Rd is located 1.2 km east of Highway 28. Hannah Rd is 
the boundary between Peterborough and Northumberland county (Peterborough on 
the north side and Northumberland on the south). 


Luke Berg
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Subject: Osprey among 15 raptors at Cranberry on Nov.24
From: Doug Lockrey <lockrey33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:08:42 -0500
On the last Monday at this fall's CMRW 3 of us were happy with 15 migrating
hawks over  21/2 hours in the morning. A juvenile OSPREY perched for 30
minutes before electing to come through.
Jim, Les and I also saw 13 light-morph Rough-legged Hawks, 1 female
Northern Harrier, and 1 Unidentified Buteo.
Waterfowl included several Buffleheads, Common Mergansers and Gadwalls on
the marsh, along with many Greater Scaups on the lake.

Doug Lockrey
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Subject: Thayer's Gull, Minden....
From: Poropat/Fraser <ed.barb AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:35:36 -0500
Hi all,

Yesterday afternoon, I photographed a 1st winter Thayer's Gull at the Minden 
landfill. Thanks to Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway for confirmation. Also at the 
dump was a 1st winter Iceland Gull, a 2nd winter Great Black-backed Gull, and 2 
Bald Eagles (an adult and a 1st year bird). 


The dump in Haliburton had at least 4 different Glaucous Gulls (2 first winter, 
a third winter, and an adult), a first winter Great Black-backed, and a single 
adult Ring-billed Gull. There were also 2 Bald Eagles here (an adult and a 3rd 
year bird). 


The Minden landfill is located north of Minden. Take Hwy 35 to Scotch Line Rd 
W, turn west and drive until you see the dump on your left. If you tell the 
attendant you are birding, they are usually very accomodating. Please park away 
from the main dumping area, out of the way of normal activity. The Haliburton 
Landfill is located off Cty Rd 21, on Industrial Park Rd., just W of 
Haliburton. Same procedure applies here also...be respectful and stay out of 
the way. 


Good birding,

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (23 Nov 2014) 44 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Nov 2014 19:11:22 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               3           1693          48421
Osprey                       0              3             56
Bald Eagle                   1             49            285
Northern Harrier             9            140            543
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            148           7772
Cooper's Hawk                0             32            318
Northern Goshawk             0              5             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            109            412
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk             25           1047           2406
Rough-legged Hawk            0             17             23
Golden Eagle                 3             50             76
American Kestrel             0              7           1026
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             53
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             24            224
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      44           3342          98132
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Hall-Brooks

Observers:        Chris Craft, John Craft

Visitors:
Thanks to John and Chris, Al and Michelle for their company. One
photographer, a couple out for a walk, and a hunter with his two sons came
up the tower briefly.


Weather:
Light rain to start for the first two hours, cloudy with occasional sunny
periods. Winds out to the SE 5-10 km/h.Temperatures ranged from 3.9 to 9
degrees Celsius.

Raptor Observations:
Adult Bald Eagle, 3 young Golden Eagles, 26 Re4d-Tailed Hawks, two
Red-shouldered Hawk, one Sharp-shinned Hawk, 9 Northern Harriers and three
Turkey Vultures. Three resident young Bald Eagles were seen frequently in
the ice in the Marsh, also a Red-tailed Hawk feeding on a duck that when
frightened off by a photographer was replaced by a Northern Harrier on the
same carcass.

Non-raptor Observations:
334 Tundra Swans,20 Bonapartes Gull, 90 Snow Buntings, 37 American Pipit,12
House Finch were spotted from the Tower today
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Hall-Brooks (bhall-brooks AT cogeco.ca)
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2014) 26 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Nov 2014 17:11:30 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2201          69758
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   0             86            331
Northern Harrier             7             88            392
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            132           4603
Cooper's Hawk                2             54            456
Northern Goshawk             0              6              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            176            742
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             11           1482           4283
Rough-legged Hawk            1             16             26
Golden Eagle                 4             73            124
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                      26           4345         266413
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Morning showers led to a late start. Fog lingered late into the day,
limiting visibility considerably. For a short time during the early
afternoon it appeared as if we might get some clearing, but gray clouds
soon rolled in again to darken the sky. The wind was light and out of the
south.

Raptor Observations:
Not much hesitation from migrants today. Dealing with south wind and
overcast skies, raptors stayed low and pumped hard, pushing through the
viewing area without delay. A light morph Rough-legged Hawk kicked things
off, shooting into the tree to our right a little after 1130. Harriers,
Redtails and Goldens picked up the slack after that, with all three species
treating us to pleasing looks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Bunting (60+), Lapland Longspur (4), Horned Lark (45+), Pine Siskin
(75+), Tree Swallow (1), American Black Duck (3), Red-breasted Merganser
(3), Horned Grebe (8), Tundra Swan (20+), Canvasback (15+)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy skies with mild temps, strong south wind and an 80 percent
chance of rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Brant at Bronte Harbour
From: Gavin Edmondstone <sue-gavin AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:41:38 -0500
A single Brant was observed at Bronte Harbour this afternoon.

Directions: Exit the QEW at Bronte Road (Oakville) and go to the lake. Walk out 
on the pier to the end. The bird was close to the docks. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Oakville, Ontario
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_edmondstone/
I am now adding photos from a recent birding to Ghana.
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Nov 2014 16:11:18 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1           2201          69758
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   0             86            331
Northern Harrier             1             81            385
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            132           4603
Cooper's Hawk                0             52            454
Northern Goshawk             0              6              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            175            741
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0           1471           4272
Rough-legged Hawk            0             15             25
Golden Eagle                 0             69            120
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                       3           4319         266387
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Cold, wet, foggy, overcast; the wind was moderate and out of the southwest.

Raptor Observations:
Nothin' doin'

Non-raptor Observations:
scaup sp. (1500+), Tundra Swan (58), Ruddy Duck (40+), Gadwall (6), Horned
Grebe (17), American Coot (1000+), Common Goldeneye (1), Canvasback (3),
Great Black-backed Gull (2), Killdeer (1), Tree Swallow (1), American Pipit
(8)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Nov 2014 19:11:28 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1690          48418
Osprey                       0              3             56
Bald Eagle                   0             48            284
Northern Harrier            10            131            534
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            147           7771
Cooper's Hawk                0             32            318
Northern Goshawk             1              5             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            107            410
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              2           1022           2381
Rough-legged Hawk            0             17             23
Golden Eagle                 1             47             73
American Kestrel             0              7           1026
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             53
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             24            224
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      16           3298          98088
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Claude Radley

Observers:        Claude Radley

Weather:
Overcast with South winds. A little freezing rain early and rain showers by
the end of the watch. Temperature ranged from-1 to +4C.

Raptor Observations:
Given the weather we had a pretty good showing. Dominated by Harriers and
highlighted by a close encounter with a Golden Eagle low over the tower.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Pipits 27, American Robins 14, Red-winged Black Birds 10, Rusty
Blackbirds 12, American Goldfinch 4, European Starling 90, Common Merganser
7, Duck sp. 650, Bonaparte's Gull 1. Tundra Swan 82.

Predictions:
Light rain until mid-morning then overcast. Moderate SW winds with
temperature steady near 5C.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Claude Radley (cradley AT cogeco.ca)
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Nov 2014 19:11:26 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1690          48418
Osprey                       0              3             56
Bald Eagle                   0             48            284
Northern Harrier            10            131            534
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            147           7771
Cooper's Hawk                0             32            318
Northern Goshawk             1              5             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            107            410
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              2           1022           2381
Rough-legged Hawk            0             17             23
Golden Eagle                 1             47             73
American Kestrel             0              7           1026
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             53
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             24            224
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      16           3298          98088
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Claude Radley

Observers:        Claude Radley

Weather:
Overcast with South winds. A little freezing rain early and rain showers by
the end of the watch. Temperature ranged from-1 to +4C.

Raptor Observations:
Given the weather we had a pretty good showing. Dominated by Harriers and
highlighted by a close encounter with a Golden Eagle low over the tower.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Pipits 27, American Robins 14, Red-winged Black Birds 10, Rusty
Blackbirds 12, American Goldfinch 4, European Starling 90, Common Merganser
7, Duck sp. 650, Bonaparte's Gull 1. Tundra Swan 82.

Predictions:
Light rain until mid-morning then overcast. Moderate SW winds with
temperature steady near 5C.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Claude Radley (cradley AT cogeco.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
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Subject: Fort Erie - Juvenile American Golden-Plover, Cackling Geese
From: Marcie Jacklin <mjacklin AT brocku.ca>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:39:17 +0000
Hello everyone

A few good birds today in Fort Erie.

At the lake end of Kraft Road I located a Juvenile American Golden-Plover, 1 
Dunlin, 3 Killdeer and 35+ American Pipits. 


At the lake end of Crescent Road we found 3 Cackling Geese.

Cheers
Marcie

Directions: Take the QEW to the Thompson Road exit. Turn right onto Thompson 
Road, right onto Garrison (RR #3). Turn left onto Kraft. Follow Kraft Road to 
the end and look to the east where the lawn is snow free. 


To get to Crescent Road follow Kraft back up to the first intersection 
(Edgemere) and turn left. The next end of road allowance is Crescent. 

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Subject: Pipit - Panmure Road - west of Ottawa
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:23:31 -0500
Just west of 12th Ramsay on Panmure Rd I came across a single Pipit walking 
along the side of the road. Parked right beside him for several minutes before 
he flew. He flew west down the road but I did not relocate him. 

 
You can get there by going west on 417 from Ottawa and exit at Panmure road and 
go west until you pass 12th Conc. Ramsay. Beautiful Rough-legged Hawk in the 
area as well. 

 
cheers


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Subject: Brewer's Blackbird of Nov 15, Rondeau PP - Retraction!
From: Barry Coombs <info AT barrycoombs.ca>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:44:14 -0500
Last Saturday, I reported a very cooperative bird at Rondeau’s Pony Barn as a 
male Brewer’s Blackbird. Since then, several Southern Ontario experts have 
studied my photos and video. 


All have concluded that the bird is a male Rusty Blackbird. I’m grateful to 
these excellent and unselfish birders who took their time to review the 
documentation and provide thoughtful explanations for their decisions. All have 
acknowledged that it can be a very tricky ID at this time of year (which makes 
me feel a little bit better). Overall, it’s been a very positive learning 
experience. 

Cheers, Barry Coombs

Barry Coombs
416-652-7936
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:26:51 -0500
Brant
Tundra Swan
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret      *
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Rough-legged Hawk
Merlin
Virginia Rail   *
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs *
Pectoral Sandpiper   *
Dunlin
Wilson's Phalarope     *
Snowy Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren    *
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Pipit
Tennessee Warbler (correction from previous report_
Orange-crowned Warbler  *
Nashville Warbler        *
American Redstart       *
Northern Parula        *
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin


It's been a busy week here in the HSA with weather extremes moving the birds
around and making birding challenging in the later week.  Those who went out
were rewarded and there are some potential goodies for the winter list to
keep an eye on.  

We have  a number of birds on the list I have denoted with an asterisk that
are approaching late records or are not expected that this time of year.
Some of these are now gone with water bodies freezing over however, they
could still be about and come back once this rain and warmer temperatures
float in.  Lingering birds seen this week include Great Egret (seen until
Wednesday) Greater Yellowlegs (seen last weekend) and Marsh Wren (until
Wednesday)all at the Dundas Hydro Pond in Dundas.  A Virginia Rail   was
flushed from the weedy area near Canada Centre for Inland Waters last
weekend.  At Princess Point and  record late for the HSA  a Wilson's
Phalarope was last reported on Tuesday, a Pectoral Sandpiper in its company
was last seen on Monday.  A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was a good find at Burloak
Park in Oakville.  An American Redstart was seen skulking in the bushes at
Arkendo Park near the sewage treatment plant on Monday.  At the now infamous
Sedgewick Park in Oakville famous for its wintering warblers, a nice find
was a Northern Parula which continued to be reported till yesterday.    At
South Shell Park an Orange-crowned Warbler was hiding in the goldenrod and a
Nashville Warbler was seen at Bronte Bluffs.    A correction to the report
from last week is the study of photographs and  discovery that the
Orange-crowned Warbler seen at Sedgewick on November 13th was actually a
Tennessee Warbler, an excellent date record. 

There are some birds moving in large numbers this week.  Sandhill Cranes
decided to head out yesterday with large flocks being seen over Waterdown,
Valley Inn and LaSalle Park.  Obviously some of these were same birds just
moving out but numbers at LaSalle recorded were 104 and 28 respectively.
Numbers at Valley in were around 90-100, this could have been the same group
or not.  American Pipits also seem to be everywhere with birds reported at
the Coronation Park in Oakville, Bronte Pier, Sedgewick Park,  Burloak Park,
and above Fallsview Road in Flamborough.  Quite a few Fox Sparrows were seen
in the week as well with birds reported at Sedgewick Park in Oakville, yards
in west Burlington, Hamilton near Dundurn Castle, Dundas, behind Olympic
arena and up in Flamborough.
	
There are many good places to hunt around this time of year to look for
lingering birds.   The woodlot behind Olympic Arena in Dundas is always
fruitful as they maintain feeders behind in the woodlot.  This week,
Northern Shrike, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Bluebirds, White-throated,
White crowned American Tree Sparrow and Red-winged Blackbird were seen among
a grand slam of woodpeckers including Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Pileated, Red-bellied, Hairy and Downy Woodpecker.   

There is lots to report in the odds and sods this week.  A Brant continued
to be seen down at Bronte Harbour on the lawn near the Compass restaurant
early in the week and a Snowy Owl, different from the one at the Suncor Pier
the week previous was seen near the lighthouse at Bronte Harbour.  A small
group of Tundra Swans were seen over Dundas earlier in the week.  A Common
Loon was photographed at LaSalle Marina.  Several Horned Grebes were seen at
Canada Centre for inland waters.  Great Blue Herons seem to be hardy with
several reported in open waters this week.  Northern Harriers were seen at
the Suncor Pier and over Cootes Paradise.  Rough-legged Hawks are on the
move yesterday and today with one being seen up in Saltfleet,  8th Road East
and Green Mountain yesterday and three seen at Windermere Basin this
morning.  A Merlin was being harassed by a Peregrine Falcon at Burloak Park.
Killdeer are still about, hopefully one staying for the winter list.
Several have been reported along the Oakville/Burlington lakeshore as well
as at Princess Point.  A small group of Dunlin was seen up until the freeze
at Princess Point.  Brown Creeper and Winter Wren were guests at Sedgewick.
A Hermit Thrush was a yard guest in Oakville, there should be a few of these
kicking around as I see a good crop of fruit around.   Feeder birds at a
yard in Aldershot area include White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow,
Red-winged Blackbird and Brown-headed Cowbird.  In addition to American
Tree, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch was reported at
the feeders at the RBG Arboretum.  Lastly a Pine Siskin was still coming
into a feeder on  Deer Run Court near Brantford.  

It's time to be grateful that the weather wasn't as bad as our neighbours in
the U.S..  Note, No hotline report from Buffalo area this week, all the
birds and birders are buried in snow!!!!  Keep your feeders stocked for
changes in this wacky weather.  It's an interesting time of year.  A
Myiarchus  Flycatcher seen up in Barrie during a squall gives proof that
rare birds are around.  Please report your sightings here, winter listing is
upon us soon.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: red-headed woodpecker - immature; Carden
From: "Ginny" <teawren15 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:40:48 -0500
showed up here on Nov. 14 and has been here every day since
most often seen either on the spruce trees or on the hydro pole on the property
ID confirmed today by Dan Bone and John Bick

1545 Monck Rd (if you came for the evening grosbeaks in 2011 you know where to 
go) 

 follow Monck Rd from Norland in the east or Orillia in the west and continue 
to Uphill; house is on north side of road just east of intersection with 
Victoria Rd 

be very careful when pulling over as this highway can be very busy; feel free 
to use the driveway 


Ginny Moore
Uphill, ON


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Subject: Great Egret (Windsor)
From: Kelly Morrissey <kelly.morrissey AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:59:12 -0500
> The bird I reported to eBird two days ago as a Great Egret (approximate size 
of Great Blue Heron, white plumage, yellow bill, blackish legs and feet) is 
back again this morning and was there last night as well fishing the east bank 
of the Little River just south of the Wyandotte Street East Bridge. I would do 
the usual thing and invite viewing from my deck but this morning the deck is 
very icy and treacherous. Also, activity on my deck makes it fly upstream 
toward the pollution control plant aka sewage treatment facility. It is that 
facility, by the way, that warms these waters and makes them attractive this 
time of year to egrets, herons, kingfisher, and the like. 

> 
> Kelly Morrissey
> 
> Google Map of location HERE http://ow.ly/EInGD
> 
> The Wyandotte Street East bridge can be accessed by taking the Manning Road 
exit off either the 401 or EC Row expressway. Drive north to Riverside Drive 
East, west until the marina and lighthouse, left (south) on Riverdale Avenue 
three or so blocks to the intersection with the light. The bridge will be just 
east of the intersection. Another good viewing vantage point for waterfowl on 
this small tributary to the Detroit River is the bridge taking Little River 
Road into Little River Corridor Park just a few blocks south of there (continue 
on Riverdale Ave to get there). 

> 
> 

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (21 Nov 2014) 97 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Nov 2014 21:11:38 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               1           1690          48418
Osprey                       1              3             56
Bald Eagle                   4             48            284
Northern Harrier            28            121            524
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            146           7770
Cooper's Hawk                2             32            318
Northern Goshawk             1              4             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          8            106            409
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk             39           1020           2379
Rough-legged Hawk            2             17             23
Golden Eagle                 3             46             72
American Kestrel             1              7           1026
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             1              7             53
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                4             24            224
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      97           3282          98072
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Claude Radley, Dan Lumm, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki

Weather:
What an absolutely gorgeous day out. The sun was shining and the wind was
calm, making it seem warmer than the average -3C that it was. Wind
direction basically swung counter-clockwise, starting at WNW, then NW, W,
SW, SSW and finally straight S by the time we headed home. 

Raptor Observations:
Raptors really put in a good showing today, with 13 species! All 3
Accipiter species flew by; a Northern Goshawk going across the north side
of the marsh. There was one adult and 2 immature Golden Eagles, showing off
their golden napes even from a distance. The Bald Eagles were not to be
outdone by goldens, and 5 adults balds were seen flying at the same time! A
lovely female American Kestrel stopped for a quick break in a tree close to
the tower, seeming to give us a little nod as it dipped its head. 28
Northern Harriers became our second highest daily count for the season, 11
of them coming in just one hour! Right around the same time as the Harriers
were bombarding us from all sides, a beautiful light-colouration
Rough-legged Hawk soared overhead, seeming to pause perfectly for some
photo opportunities before it carried on. What a rewarding day!

Non-raptor Observations:
There was no lack of excitement with non-raptors today. Hundreds of Tundra
Swans passed overhead, some quite messily and some in very nice formation.
American Crows were back in numbers, 3410 migrating. Other movement in the
sky were the typical starlings, blackbirds and American Goldfinches. Moving
to ground level, 2 American Pipits spent the day foraging by the tower and
one American Woodcock in the brush was a nice find, so imagine the
excitement  when it turned out there were 2! On a completely non-avian
note, a coyote spent some time strolling across the ice, looking for a
tasty meal. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20628497

Predictions:
Warming to above freezing tomorrow, though with a 70% chance of showers
through the day. Winds from the SW.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: High Park Hawk Watch Fri Nov. 21, 2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:46:07 -0500
Today's weather conditions were not much like our fussy migrating raptors have 
been using lately but at least it didn't rain. Somewhat surprisingly the Red 
Tails were coming through in small kettles. One kettle held birds which were 
mostly light-coloured. Another was a small group of dark-coloured birds. It was 
like family groups. I could almost hear them at the crack of dawn this morning 
- "Come on, Rita, wake the kids up. We're not waiting for a Northwest wind, 
we're getting the heck out of here right now." Perhaps they have relatives in 
Buffalo. But then I tend to have perhaps an overly active imagination. 


At any rate there was a lot more coming through today than one would think 
given the wind conditions (West 20 km.). We didn't have time to grouse about 
the cold as we were too busy hawking. 


We saw:

 7       Red Shoulders

32     Red Tails

  7      Rough-Legs

  2      Unidentified Buteos, and amazingly

 1 Bald Eagle, juvenile, at 2:30 who took his time going through at mid- 
altitude 


 

I should have had my doubts about the Eagle were it not for Graydon Saunders 
and Ian Mahione and the fact that the thing looked like a nailkeg hanging 
underneath an ironing board with a honkin' big head sticking out the front. So 
Bald Eagle. (Golden has a little head.) A few minutes later Graydon and I heard 
some really silly bird noises. Now who makes silly noises this time of year? 
Kid with a whistle? Bluejays? That's what I was looking for, then Graydon grabs 
me and points to the top of a tree right next to us. Northern Shrike! 


Now its going to warm up a bit. Next Wednesday looks ok with expected winds 
West 10k, Friday should have winds Northwest 15k and that's pretty much it for 
us this season whether there are any birds left or not. Don't put your woolies 
away yet as the OFO trip to Niagara is coming up on Nov 30. These things seem 
to keep getting better each year and last year was awesome. 


Christmas count is on the 14th this year so don't miss that one either and, 
well, hey - thanks for being with us this fall. 


Keep on looking up.

Tim
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Snowy Owl in Oxford County
From: RICHARD SKEVINGTON <rskevington AT xplornet.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:53:09 -0500
There is an adult male Snowy Owl sitting in a ploughed field on township Rd. 
13, just north of the village of Bright. This is the same area that we had 4 
Snowy Owls last season. 


To reach this area, take Oxford County rd. 8 to the village of Bright. Turn 
north on RD 22. Continue to Township Rd. 13 and turn west.(left) Continue to 
the farm with 911 number of 926183. About one half kilometre west of the farm 
home on the north side of the road, the owl was sitting aprox. 100metres out in 
the field. 


Good birding
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Subject: Variety of birds today east of Toronto
From: Norm Murr <normurr AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:31:11 -0500
 Red-tails, Great-horned Owl (Thickson), Goshawk, Harrier, Rough-legs, 
Kestrels, Ravens, Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers, 8 White-breasted Nuthatches, 
2 Orange-crowned Warblers, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspur, A. Pipits, many 
Robins and Juncos, White-crowned, White-throated, Fox, Chipping, Song and many 
Tree Sparrows, Purple and House Finches, Brown-headed Cowbirds and 4 
White-tailed Deer. 


90% of the birds between Newcastle and Port Hope

Newcastle and Port Hope are in Durham Region and Northumberland County which 
are east of Toronto and Oshawa. 


Perhaps many of the above will stay for you winter listers, perhaps.

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada

You can't see birds if you don't go out but sit and wait for others to find 
them. 

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2014) 115 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Nov 2014 17:11:22 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               6           2200          69757
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                  18             86            331
Northern Harrier            21             80            384
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            132           4603
Cooper's Hawk                6             52            454
Northern Goshawk             2              6              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            174            740
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             50           1471           4272
Rough-legged Hawk            1             15             25
Golden Eagle                 5             69            120
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                     115           4316         266384
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Few clouds to contend with but temperatures remained bitterly cold. The
channel retained its thick layer of ice and the ground its light dusting of
snow. Not nearly as strong today, the wind blustered out of the west early,
shifting more southwest late.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers headlined a captivating late November
flight. Both species continued their recent strong showings, pushing
through the viewing area without delay, particularly during the late
afternoon. They were joined by a nice number of Redtails, five Goldens (two
of which came right overhead), a Roughleg, three Shoulders and a couple
Goshawks, all adding to the flight's overall quality.

Non-raptor Observations:
Sandhill Crane (18), Tundra Swan (150+), Canada Goose (180+), Horned Grebe
(25+), scaup sp. (6000+), American Coot (500+), Gadwall (220+), Canvasback
(140+), Ruddy Duck (60+), Bufflehead (4), Common Goldeneye (3), Common
Merganser (3), Hooded Merganser (2), Red-breasted Merganser (5),
Bonaparte's Gull (70+), Great Blue Heron (8), Killdeer (1), American Crow
(3000+), Tree Swallow (2), American Pipit (15+), Horned Lark (2), Pine
Siskin (40+)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy skies with warmer temps reaching into the low 40s, moderate
southwest wind and a 60 percent chance of freezing rain in the morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 21st November 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:40:39 -0500
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:

This has been a rather quiet week with the cold snap keeping birds down and
birders in. However, some good sightings have still come. Highlights of the
week include; CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, SURF SCOTER, RED-NECKED GREBE,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
GLAUCOUS GULL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, and FOX SPARROW.

 

City of Kingston

Cataraqui Bay still has a good selection of waterfowl species but numbers
continue to decrease, and this week just 49 TUNDRA SWAN were counted. A
GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen there on 14th. Also on 14th, but in the Inner
Harbour at Belle Island, 18 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were still present. On 20th, 2
RED-NECKED GREBE were seen off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. A male SURF
SCOTER was seen on 13th in Collin's Bay but didn't make last week's report.
On 14th, a late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Lakeland Point Drive,
near Lemoine Point CA. 'Tis the season for feeders, and one in Reddendale
has been attracting RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS until recently. An AMERICAN PIPIT
was seen near Lake Ontario Park on 19th. News just in is of a good candidate
for a white GYRFALCON, seen at Lemoine Point CA this morning heading towards
Collins Bay - keep those eyes peeled.

 

Wolfe Island

No reports this week.

 

Amherst Island

Only a couple of reports from the island this week where 2 PIED-BILLED
GREBES and 66 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at Martin Edwards Reserve on 15th.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS now appear to be relatively easy to find, being seen on
15th and on several dates the previous week. Visitors to the island should
be aware that the privately owned Owl Woods are closed from Mon 17th Nov -
Mon 8th Dec (inclusive) for hunting. Please also note that you must be a
member of Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to
access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Other Sightings

Five CACKLING GEESE were seen along Bath Road, near Millhaven on 15th.
Presumably 2 of the same birds were seen just down the road at Finkle's
Shore Park on 17th, with 1 still present there on 18th. At nearby Heritage
Point, Bath, an immature GLAUCOUS GUL was seen on 15th; just as unusual was
an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL also seen at the same location on 18th.
Another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Lansdowne on 20th, when 39
HORNED LARK were also counted. A late VESPER SPARROW was photographed near
Amherstview Sewage Lagoons on 15th. At Wilton Creek, SE of Napanee, 2
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 3 WILSON'S SNIPE were seen on 17th. The female
EVENING GROSBEAK on Washburn Road, north of the city was seen until 15th at
least. FOX SPARROW was reported at a feeder near Elginburg also until 15th.
A COMMON REDPOLL was at Camden East on 19th and 3 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen
at Chaffey's Locks on 20th.

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 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdread/

 

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Subject: 6 Common Redpolls, Hermit thrush Merrickville, eastern Ontario
From: Gerard <gphillips AT istar.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:42:47 -0500
6 Common Redpolls just showed up at my feeders today Nov. 21st.

And I also got a glimpse yesterday at what was most likely a Hermit Thrush
that popped out into the open under a cedar tree in my garden before
disappearing again. Have not seen it today.

Good birding,
Gerard
Merrickville, Ontario


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Subject: Ross's Goose 11/21/14
From: joetf1973--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:12:28 +0000 (UTC)
In case any Ontario birders are interested. . .


I was able to see the Ross's Goose found yesterday by Jim Pawlicki and Bill 
Watson at Beaver Island SP (Grand Island, NY). The bird was on the manicured 
swimming beach towards the marina. When I saw the bird it was in a group of 
gulls (mostly Ring-billed, but Herring and Boneparte's also present on the 
beach). The much larger deep-pink leg caught my eye, and then the bird was easy 
to pick out from the gulls with which the goose was associating. I was able to 
view 3 pipits at the park as well. Perhaps this was the bird previously 
reported by Dustin D in Ft. Erie. 



A complete checklist can be viewed here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20624246 





Joe Fell
Buffalo, NY 
Joetf1973 AT aol.com
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Subject: Tundra Swans Niagara river south
From: "greatlakes" <greatlakes AT teksavvy.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:39:22 -0500
We spotted about 100 Tundra swans very close to the shore on the Niagara river 
at about 3 pm today. Pictures were taken. Sounds were wonderful. 

These swans were located a few Kilometres north of Frenchman’s creek and 
spread over about 1 km. 

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Nov 2014) 26 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Nov 2014 21:11:50 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1689          48417
Osprey                       0              2             55
Bald Eagle                   0             44            280
Northern Harrier             8             93            496
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            144           7768
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            316
Northern Goshawk             0              3             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             98            401
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk             16            981           2340
Rough-legged Hawk            1             15             21
Golden Eagle                 1             43             69
American Kestrel             0              6           1025
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             0              6             52
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             20            220
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      26           3185          97975
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki

Weather:
Strong winds continued again today from the SW with temperatures between
-4C and -2C. 

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight today compared to the last little while, 26
birds! Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks made up most of the numbers,
with one light Rough-legged Hawk and one Golden Eagle to round things out.
The resident Bald Eagles are still hanging around, today they seemed to be
having a grand old time playing around one small section of open water on
the far side of the marsh.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few more passerines migrated today as well, including American Crows,
Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, American Goldfinches and European
Starlings. 2 American Pipits hung around the tower again for the day and
Tundra Swans flew high overhead. Right at the end of the day, 9 Great Blue
Herons all of a sudden appeared together, flying, in the middle of the
marsh, headed east. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20619918

Predictions:
Another cold day, from -9 to -3C with winds at 20km/h from the west.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 20 November 2014
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:51:00 -0500
Big snowfall (about 68 cm over three days in western Algonquin Park),
Highway 60 closure today, gusty winds and few birders - all severely limited
observations this week.

A light morph adult Rough-legged Hawk in the Eos Lake and Ring-neck Pond
area from November 14 to 16 was unusual here for lingering.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Gray Jay: At the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road..
                   
                   
WINTER FINCHES: 
 
Pine Siskin: Numbers slowly increasing at the Visitor Centre feeders, with
13 there on November 19.

American Goldfinch: Declining numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders, with
only one on November 19.


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. There is access with limited services on weekdays from 9
am to 4 pm.

For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2014) 20 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Nov 2014 19:11:16 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2194          69751
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   5             68            313
Northern Harrier             9             59            363
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            129           4600
Cooper's Hawk                0             46            448
Northern Goshawk             0              4              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            171            737
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              2           1421           4222
Rough-legged Hawk            1             14             24
Golden Eagle                 1             64            115
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             2              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                      20           4201         266269
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Raburn Howland

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Mostly sunny when we got there, gray clouds rolled in as the day
progressed, eventually blotting out any trace of blue sky. In the
afternoon, brief squalls brought heavier winds and light snow flurries.
Temperatures hovered around the 30 degree mark all day. The wind was strong
and out of the southwest throughout. 

Raptor Observations:
Gray Ghosts made frequent use of the Harrier Express, dropping down off
Celeron Island and rowing low along the water before dipping into the trees
off to our right. One adult and one juvenile Peregrine Falcon made
themselves conspicuous as well, occasionally diving at the abundance of
waterfowl arrayed in front of us. And great looks at a subadult Golden
Eagle and an adult Rough-legged Hawk rounded out what was an enjoyable late
November outing. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Goose (1), Canada Goose (250+), Tundra Swan (90+), scaup sp. (6000+),
American Coot (1500+), Canvasback (40+), Red-breasted Merganser (20+),
Common Merganser (13), Hooded Merganser (15), Gadwall (220+), Ruddy Duck
(40+), Northern Pintail (1), Northern Shoveler (1), Common Goldeneye (4),
Bufflehead (5), Horned Grebe (5), Common Loon (2), Great Black-backed Gull
(1), Bonaparte's Gull (120+), Great Blue Heron (20+), Wilson's Snipe (1),
Killdeer (2), Pine Siskin (30+), American Pipit (15+), Dark-eyed Junco (3),
American Tree Sparrow (2), Tree Swallow (1), Horned Lark (8)

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and moderate southwest wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending November 20, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:11:47 -0500
Presqu'ile Provincial Park, like so many other places, has experienced 
some wild weather this week, which has curtailed the birding activity.  
The marsh and some of Presqu'ile Bay are now frozen over.  Before that 
set in, however, a few birders found a good selection of birds.

Until Monday an AMERICAN WIGEON and a few GREEN-WINGED TEAL were still 
in the marsh.  REDHEADS are by far the most abundant duck at Presqu'ile 
these days with several thousand in Presqu'ile Bay. Patient scanning of 
the flocks has revealed a CANVASBACK and a RING-NECKED DUCK.  A few 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are still around and a HORNED GREBE was near the 
lighthouse on November 15.  A birder walking the Newcastle trail 
yesterday was surprised to flush a GREAT BLUE HERON from deep in the 
woods.  Another was at the causeway outside the Park gate on Saturday. A 
NORTHERN HARRIER and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK today (as well as two on 
Saturday) and a MERLIN on Sunday were the only hawks seen this week.  An 
AMERICAN COOT and two GREATER YELLOWLEGS were in the marsh on Sunday.  
Also on Sunday a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a PURPLE SANDPIPER were on 
Gull Island, in addition to SANDERLINGS and DUNLINS which were also 
there today. A SNOWY OWL was also there on both of those days.

A WINTER WREN was heard on Sunday and two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen on 
Saturday.  AMERICAN PIPITS continue to be seen at Owen Point and on Gull 
Island.  WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS are numerous at 85 Bayshore Road and a 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW has spent the past six days at 186 Bayshore Road.  
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES are regular at one or both of 
those addresses.  PINE SISKINS are present in good numbers, but no one 
has yet reported any REDPOLLS, which should be expected imminently.

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. Visitors to Gull Island not using a
boat should be prepared to wade through water that is shin-deep,
not taking into account any wave action,.in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery.  Icy conditions demand caution.  It should also be noted that, 
because duck hunting is given
priority on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Owen Point, 
Gull Island,
High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days. 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: Ottawa/Gatineau - November 20, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak <robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:55:56 -0500
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to November 20, 2014

BOREAL CHICKADEE was found near the intersection of Renfrew St and Forbes St in 
Pakenham on the 17th but was not subsequently found. 


HARLEQUIN DUCK (f) found on the Rideau River on the 4th continues on the Rideau 
River at Strathcona Park. 

EVENING GROSBEAK are being found at numerous locations: 2 along Terry Fox Dr, 
11 in Pakenham with RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (1m and 1 imm m), 5 along the Kerwin 
Trail with BOHEMIAN WAXWING (2) and at the feeders on Indian Creek Rd at the 
west edge of Larose Forest with COMMON REDPOLL (15). 

The ponds west of the Shirleys Bay causeway continue to be active. Last 
Saturday and Sunday one birder found: Horned Grebe (1), 17 species of ducks 
including White-winged Scoter (2), Black Scoter (1), Long-tailed Ducks (5), 
Common Goldeneye (several 100's), Ring-necked Duck (3), Scaups (100+), 
Red-breasted Merganser (4), Green-winged Teal (2), American Wigeon (4), Gadwall 
(3), Northern Shoveler (10), Black Duck (70) and Common Loon (2) and Bald Eagle 
(2 adults). 

A number of gull species have been found at the Trail Rd landfill this past 
week. The numbers vary day to day but up to 150 RING-BILLED, 700 HERRING, 36 
GREAT BLACK-BACKED, 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and immature GLAUCOUS (2) and ICELAND 
(3) GULLS have been seen. Also seen from Trail Rd have been MERLIN, PEREGRINE 
FALCON, RED-TAILED and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOW BUNTING (50), TREE SPARROW and 
COMMON REDPOLL (5). The nearby Moodie Dr quarry ponds are occasionally 
frequented by thousands of CANADA and a few SNOW GEESE, a variety of ducks and 
on the 15th a flyby of an immature GOLDEN EAGLE. 

On the 19th at Mooneys Bay there GREAT BLACK-BACKED (75 ad, 6 imm) and GLAUCOUS 
(1) Gull with COMMON MERGANSER (30). 


Interesting sightings were: BRANT (2 imm) at Andrew Haydon Park with a 
RED-NECKED GREBE on the 17th, thousands of SNOW GEESE were on the Little Castor 
River at the St Albert Rd (hwy 5) bridge south east of Embrun on the 14th and 
15th, HORNED LARK (100+) along Rushmore Rd all week and a FOX SPARROW in 
Richmond on the 20th. 

Birders should be aware that they can report any illegal activity against 
Ontario's wildlife such as illegal hunting by calling:Ministry of Natural 
Resources and Forestry1-877-TIPS-MNR1-877-847-7667as per 
https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/how-report-natural-resource-violation 

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations,
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Subject: Early "winter' bird report from Gowganda..Temisk. Dist, 6 hours North of Toronto via hwy 11N
From: "Paul and Gert Trudel" <ptrudel AT ontera.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:29:36 -0500
Hello again, 
Winter has come early for many but we still do not have the bird numbers at
the feeders I was expecting.

I have: a flock of about 10 Evening Grosbeaks; 3 Pine Grosbeaks: 20 plus
Black- Capped Chickadees; 7 Blue Jays; 2 Gray Jays; 1 Red winged black bird;
1 Common Grackle; 1 European Starling;  Downey and Hairy Woodpeckers and A
'fly by' Pileated.
Until a few days ago I had one white throated sparrow. I also have a
resident ruffed grouse. 
We still have Bald Eagles. This summer saw the greatest number of Bald
Eagles, young and adults..... ever.  Lots of Turkey vultures this past
summer too..I once counted 18 circling overhead....at my house! Turkey
vultures were unheard of in my area while I was growing up.

Cheers all, 

Gert Trudel
Gowganda On, 
Temiskaming dist. 
6 hours North of Toronto via hwy 11N.

If you are interested in some pictures of the eagles and other birds and one
fantastic video of a rough -legged hawk at a beaver carcass in the
neighbour's yard...see     gowgandaphotography.blogspot.ca/    ( by Bill
Fox)
 To shorten your search...Dates are; Oct.28,  for the RLHA and Eagles are
Sept.10 and April 12 and 13 plus others of ospreys at their nest.








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Subject: Volunteer counters needed for Niagara River Corridor IBA census
From: Mike Burrell <mike.burrell.on AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:49:56 -0500
**The following message has been approved by the Ontbirds Moderator**

Bird Studies Canada’s Ontario Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Program is looking for volunteers interested in covering a section of the
Niagara River for a census on the weekend of the OFO Niagara gull trip. The
census will happen during the day of Saturday, November 29 (the OFO outing
is the next day) and you can sign up to cover a section for an hour or more
based on your availability or interest. We will host a wrap-up meeting
after the census starting at 3pm that will end in time for you to get to
Jean Iron’s Gull ID Workshop (see http://www.jeaniron.ca/2014/gullsOFO.htm).

The Niagara River Corridor is a globally significant Important Bird and
Biodiversity Area, recognized for the annual concentration of several
species of gulls and waterbirds. For more information about the Niagara
River Corridor IBA please see the site summary on the IBA Canada website:
http://ibacanada.org/site.jsp?siteID=ON002&lang=EN

The information collected during the census will be entered using the new
IBA Canada eBird Protocol (

http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/new-iba-canada-protocol-launched-on-ebird-canada/) 

and incorporated into the IBA Canada database to keep the information about
this site up-to-date.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Mike Burrell by
phone (1-888-448-BIRD(2473) x 167) or email (mburrell AT bsc-eoc.org) by
Wednesday November 26.

The IBA Program is an international initiative to identify, monitor, and
conserve the world’s most important sites for birds and biodiversity
coordinated by BirdLife International. Bird Studies Canada coordinates the
program in Ontario. Bird Studies Canada thanks the Ontario Trillium
Foundation for supporting the IBA Program


---------------------------------------------------------

*Mike Burrell*

Ontario Important Bird Areas Coordinator

Bird Studies Canada / Études d'Oiseaux Canada

P.O. Box 160, 115 Front Rd.,

Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada, N0E 1M0

(T) 1-888-448-BIRD(2473) x 167

(C) 613-442-0020

mburrell AT bsc-eoc.org

skype: mike.v.a.burrell

www.ibacanada.org

www.BirdsCanada.org
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Nov 2014) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Nov 2014 20:11:23 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1689          48417
Osprey                       0              2             55
Bald Eagle                   0             44            280
Northern Harrier             4             85            488
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            144           7768
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            316
Northern Goshawk             0              3             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             98            401
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              1            965           2324
Rough-legged Hawk            0             14             20
Golden Eagle                 0             42             68
American Kestrel             0              6           1025
Merlin                       0              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             0              6             52
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             20            220
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       5           3159          97949
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Larry Ludwicki

Weather:
The wind came from the south today, blowing snow into neat patterns over
the ice on the marsh. Visibility dropped to 200m once the snow started
falling at 10:30 and continued until 2pm, though it lightened up
considerably at 1pm. 

Raptor Observations:
Only 5 birds braved the storm today; 4 Northern Harriers and 1 Red-tailed
Hawk. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon didn't migrate but popped up a couple of
times through the day, chasing passerines and maybe scanning for a duck or
two, though it didn't catch anything that we saw.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much activity on the passerine front, though it was nice to have 2
American Pipits wandering through the grass and on the ice, sticking around
most of the day. A big surprise was a Wilson's Snipe that popped right into
my binocular view while I was checking out some of the mergansers that
stayed in the Trout Pond all day. The snipe flew towards the beach and
wasn't seen again! See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20609854
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Burlington:
From: Barbara Cannery <blcanney AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:33:20 -0500
Fox Sparrow in my yard. Waterdown Road. 
Burlington


Barbara Canney

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Subject: pine siskins in Woodville
From: Eric Davis <raisydoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:10:02 -0500
For the first time in two years, I have pine siskins at my feeder.
Woodville is in the City of Kawartha Lakes ( the old Victoria County)

Eric Davis
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2014) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Nov 2014 19:11:12 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2194          69751
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   0             63            308
Northern Harrier             2             50            354
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            129           4600
Cooper's Hawk                0             46            448
Northern Goshawk             0              4              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            171            737
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0           1419           4220
Rough-legged Hawk            0             13             23
Golden Eagle                 0             63            114
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             49
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                       2           4181         266249
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
0


Weather:
It was cold, icy and gray at the start. Snow showers moved in by the late
morning, limiting visibility considerably and shutting us down for two
hours middays. The wind was strong and out of the south. 

Raptor Observations:
Two harriers braved the wind and snow.

Non-raptor Observations:
A number of American Pipits (15+) kept us company in the afternoon,
frequently foraging nearby. A single Wilson's Snipe (1) flew overhead
during the late morning. And a healthy helping of waterbirds spent the day
out on the frigid lake. The species rundown was: Tundra Swan (35+), Canada
Goose (200+), Gadwall (140+), Lesser Scaup (350+), American Coot (500+),
Ruddy Duck (80+), Canvasback (180+), Redhead (40+), Red-breasted Merganser
(25+), Common Merganser (2), Bufflehead (4), Common Goldeneye (2), Horned
Grebe (7)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with cold temps, strong west wind and a 50 percent chance of
snow flurries.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Wilson's Snipe and Hermit Thrush, Earl Rowe Park, Simcoe County
From: John Schmelefske <j.schme AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:52:48 -0500
Walking the dog in Earl Rowe park this morning, I chanced upon a Wilson's Snipe 
sitting in a bit of open water on the northeast bank of the Boyne river, about 
100 metres down from the bridge on the sixth concession. While I was watching, 
a passerine flew up, and low and behold, it was a Hermit Thrush coming down for 
a drink! 


 

Earl Rowe Park is just west of Alliston. Going west from town turn right 
(north) onto the 7th Concession. At the top of the hill is the park entrance on 
the left. A little further down the concession is the entrance to the 
Administrative Building which is closer to the centre of the park. You can park 
here during he day, but the gate closes around 4:30 pm. 


 

To get to the sight follow the east side of the lake until it narrows into a 
wooded trail along the river. 

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Subject: Re: NO - Myiarchus flycatcher in Barrie
From: Mark Field <mark.field AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:39:30 -0500
No sign of the bird this morning. Multiple people have been looking since 7:20.

Cheers,

Mark

> On Nov 18, 2014, at 10:21 PM, MARK FIELD  wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> 
> This report is on behalf of the original finder, Darlene
> Deemert.
> 
> Earlier today, Darlene found a Myiarchus
> flycatcher in her yard.
> Initial photos look promising for Ash-throated Flycatcher. The bird flew off
> with a flock of juncos and has not been seen since this afternoon. The bird 
was seen near the 

> intersection of Hanmer Street East
> and Cassandra Boulevard
> in Barrie.
> 
> Please be aware that a snow squall warning
> is currently in effect for the area, with a forecast of 20-30 cm of snow
> accumulating overnight, and blowing snow conditions.
> 
> Directions: From the 400, exit at Bayfield Street and
> proceed north to Hanmer Street East where you will turn right. The 
intersection 

> is just past the Barrie Sports Dome.
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Subject: Myiarchus flycatcher in Barrie
From: MARK FIELD <mark.field AT rogers.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:21:28 -0800
Hello,
 
This report is on behalf of the original finder, Darlene
Deemert.
 
Earlier today, Darlene found a Myiarchus
flycatcher in her yard.
Initial photos look promising for Ash-throated Flycatcher. The bird flew off
with a flock of juncos and has not been seen since this afternoon. The bird was 
seen near the 

intersection of Hanmer Street East
and Cassandra Boulevard
in Barrie.
 
Please be aware that a snow squall warning
is currently in effect for the area, with a forecast of 20-30 cm of snow
accumulating overnight, and blowing snow conditions.
 
Directions: From the 400, exit at Bayfield Street and
proceed north to Hanmer Street East where you will turn right. The intersection
is just past the Barrie Sports Dome.
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (18 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Nov 2014 21:11:36 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0           1689          48417
Osprey                       0              2             55
Bald Eagle                   1             44            280
Northern Harrier             1             81            484
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            144           7768
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            316
Northern Goshawk             0              3             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             98            401
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              3            964           2323
Rough-legged Hawk            0             14             20
Golden Eagle                 2             42             68
American Kestrel             0              6           1025
Merlin                       1              5             74
Peregrine Falcon             2              6             52
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             20            220
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      11           3154          97944
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        

Weather:
Well, it was cold today. I never thought I'd be happy to see a SW wind, but
on a day like today where it was blowing 28km/h with gusts up to 40km/h, it
sure was nice to have the wind at your back. Temperatures started at -9C
and went up to -6C. There was variable cloud cover through the day and the
good visibility of the morning started to deteriorate around 1:30 when full
cloud cover came in. 

Raptor Observations:
There was some good variety today with 7 species migrating. An early
morning Peregrine started the day off well, struggling a little against the
wind but still doing a fair number at zipping around the marsh. In a moment
with just the perfect amount of sunlight a juvenile Golden Eagle veered
from its course at the north side of the marsh to pass by not far from the
tower; how considerate of it! An Osprey was seen again today, though it
came from the NW and travelled SE to the beach where it seemed to be
hunting and went out of sight. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Last night seemed to have been hard on some of the passerines. Upon arrival
in the morning, a couple dozen cardinals, sparrows and starlings were all
sitting on the road and not flying far with some ice/snow coating their
feathers. They all seemed to fly into the brush just fine as the day wore
on. Other than some starlings, robins and Red-winged Blackbirds, passerines
were laying low. Gulls were certainly not put off by the wind, with over
100 Bonaparte's Gulls flying through and around 100 Ring-billed and Herring
Gulls. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20601022

Predictions:
A little bit of snow through the day with winds from the S at 35km/h.
Temperature from -6C to 1C.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Nov 2014 20:11:57 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3            971          28060
Osprey                       0              1            119
Bald Eagle                   0             39            145
Northern Harrier             0             61            721
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            173           9139
Cooper's Hawk                1             55            329
Northern Goshawk             0              8             20
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            283            678
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3          70722
Red-tailed Hawk              1           2166           4249
Rough-legged Hawk            2             27             32
Golden Eagle                 2            100            165
American Kestrel             0              6           2459
Merlin                       0              5             84
Peregrine Falcon             0              0            163
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       9           3898         117086
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
Thanks to Jim and Mary for today's count.


Weather:
Very cold, -10 in first hour, rising to -8 in next two hours. Wind was
strong West  AT  50k gusting to 70k.	Snow and blowing/drifting snow. The sky
was clear with about 50% puffy white clouds early in the count but changed
to near solid overcast at the end of the second hour.

Raptor Observations:
Two near identical juvie looking GOLDEN EAGLES passed through low and right
overhead, one at the end of the first hour and the second minutes later, in
the second hour. The first ROUGHLEG was a dark morph and the second was a
light morph.

Non-raptor Observations:
Peering out from the shelter of our cars today, we did manage to spot a few
non-raptors that were out and about including 4 Tundra Swans, and a
Northern Shrike.  A few Wild Turkeys dotted the treeline far to the east of
us at the B&B while Am. Crows flew back and forth low over the field and
some Snow Buntings headed west along the treeline at the north end of the
field and a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds struggled westwards right
over our observation spot at the B&B.  After 1 PM at the Ridge, there were
the usual Canada Geese and Mallards, Horned Larks in the fields just south
of there and 2 Juncos along the treeline at the top of the ridge. Not bad
for not even getting out of our cars!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Nov 2014 18:11:56 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2194          69751
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   4             63            308
Northern Harrier             0             48            352
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            129           4600
Cooper's Hawk                1             46            448
Northern Goshawk             0              4              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            171            737
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              1           1419           4220
Rough-legged Hawk            0             13             23
Golden Eagle                 1             63            114
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       1              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             1              2             49
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                      10           4179         266247
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
Jim Maki


Weather:
Today was one of the coldest days I can remember out there. Temperatures
never rose above the low 20s and a howling southwest wind never let up,
leaving us frosty and wind-beaten by the early afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Not much volume but some OK variety and a couple notable highlights helped
to take our minds off the cold somewhat. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it Merlin
materialized out of nowhere, took a dive at the owl on a pole behind us,
scared up a flock of foraging robins and then vanished. A juvenile
Peregrine Falcon put on quite the show, crashing into a jumble of
Ring-billed Gulls and strafing a raft of waterfowl. And not to be
forgotten, a subadult Golden Eagle decided to wander past right overhead,
delighting our recently-returned resident photographer.   

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Merganser (14), Red-breasted Merganser (4), Hooded Merganser (6),
Gadwall (45+), Redhead (25+), Canvasback (2), Bufflehead (3), Bonaparte's
Gull (200+), Killdeer (1), American Robin (20+), Pine Siskin (150+),
American Goldfinch (12), European Starling (600+)

Predictions:
Highs in the low 30s, moderate to strong southwest wind and a 90 percent
chance of light snow showers.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Scugog Twp - Chipping Sparrow
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:53:19 -0500
Well it's a bit blustery up here in the hinterland but our tough little
birds are doing well.  Yesterday a Chipping Sparrow showed up and today 
he/she
held his/her own against the myriad jays, juncos, chickadees, doves and
nuthatches.

nearest intersection Lakeridge and Reach

View this checklist online at
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Geoff Carpentier
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Subject: North Shrike - east of Carleton Place
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:18:53 -0500
Saw my first Northern Shrike this season. He was fighting to stay on a treetop 
in the wind. 

 
He was at the corner of Ashton Side Rd and McArton Road. You can get there from 
Ottawa by travelling west on the 417 to 7 and go west on 7 until;Ashton Side 
Road exit. Go north a few Kms to McArton and turn left. He was within 100ms of 
the corner 

 
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2014) 76 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Nov 2014 12:11:10 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              15            968          28057
Osprey                       0              1            119
Bald Eagle                   6             39            145
Northern Harrier            13             61            721
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            173           9139
Cooper's Hawk                4             54            328
Northern Goshawk             0              8             20
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            283            678
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3          70722
Red-tailed Hawk             24           2165           4248
Rough-legged Hawk            5             25             30
Golden Eagle                 6             98            163
American Kestrel             0              6           2459
Merlin                       0              5             84
Peregrine Falcon             0              0            163
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      76           3889         117077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Ernie Gribble, Keith Sealy, Paul Thomas, Tim Foran

Visitors:
Thanks to Mary, Jim, Keith, Ernie, Paul T., Ernie and Tim.

A few visitors today.


Weather:
Windy from the WSW and W and the temp got to a high of zero. A mix of sun
and cloud to start the day but eventually clouding in completely.

Raptor Observations:
A total of 76 birds today with a few nice Golden Eagles (6) and another
small number of Roughlegs (5) along with Redtails (24) and Red-shoulders
(3)...a decent flight of N. Harriers (13) and Bald Eagles (6)...a few more
Coops (4) and a group of TVs (15).

Non-raptor Observations:
There was some good action in the treeline and bushes this morning
resulting in a fairly decent non-raptor list for this time of year.  The
highlights were Hermit Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Rusty Blackbird,
Red-winged Blackbird, Flicker,Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow (in
abundance!), Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Purple Finch and Yellow-rumped Warbler. 
In addition, many of "the usuals" were reported such as Goldfinch,
Chickadee, Cardinal, Junco, Robin, Bluejay,  Downy Woodpecker, Crow,
Mourning Dove, House Sparrow, Starling,Ring-billed abd Herring Gull, Canada
Geese, Mallards and Cedar Waxwing. 



Spotted by observers at Sharpie Alley were a flock of about 20 Bonaparte's
Gulls and several flocks of Tundra Swans headed for Long Point, totaling
about 175.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Nov 2014) 36 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Nov 2014 22:11:15 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               7           1689          48417
Osprey                       1              2             55
Bald Eagle                   0             43            279
Northern Harrier             3             80            483
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            144           7768
Cooper's Hawk                1             30            316
Northern Goshawk             0              3             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             97            400
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk             19            961           2320
Rough-legged Hawk            0             14             20
Golden Eagle                 1             40             66
American Kestrel             1              6           1025
Merlin                       1              4             73
Peregrine Falcon             2              4             50
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             20            220
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      36           3143          97933
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy, Todd Pepper

Weather:
Winds came from the W and WSW through the day, with speed increasing as the
day went on, some gusts up to 27km/h. Visibility was around 4km and cloud
cover broke up in the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
It certainly was a day full of surprises on the raptor front! Everything
was progressing as one might expect, with Northern Harriers and Red-tailed
Hawks in the morning, adding in a Cooper's Hawk and a few Turkey Vultures,
and then 1pm hit. A Golden Eagle flew along the north shore of the marsh,
being harried by a couple of Red-tails. An American Kestrel, a Merlin and a
Peregrine Falcon all showed up during the hour, and just when the
excitement was going to be over, an Osprey floated up from the eastern
forest. That makes 2 very late Osprey in less than a week! 

Non-raptor Observations:
Some Tundra Swans continued to fly over the marsh, with 6 (4 adults, 2
juveniles) sticking around for a while. Two groups of 3 Hooded Mergansers
landed in the trout pond before carrying on their way. Starlings, Cedar
Waxwings, American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and American Goldfinches
made up the large passerine numbers for the day. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20590516

Predictions:
-8C in the morning, feeling like -18C when the 40km/h SW wind is taken into
consideration. A little bit of sun through the day should make the
afternoon warm up a few degrees.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Niagara gulls today
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:38:49 +0000 (UTC)
Besides the smallish all-white mystery gull I reported this afternoon at Adam 
Beck, there was also an Iceland (Kumlien's) and a Thayer's -- both reported on 
eBird by others recently.  The juvenile Sabine's was also still very active 
and visible below the falls at noon. 

No decision on the all-white gull (which appeared larger than the many BOGUs 
and smaller than the many RBGUs), which only made a brief appearance.  A 
description and a couple of distant photos are available via the e-bird posting 
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20590492  Please e-mail 
me privately if you have any thoughts. 

I hope others re-find this bird in the coming days and figure out what it 
actually is! 
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Subject: Snow Buntings (SNBU) on Lobsinger Line near Heidelberg, ON
From: Don McKinnon <dtmck AT bell.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:19:28 -0500
Hi

I saw a flock of 20-30 Snow Buntings in a harvested corn field between Wagners 
Corners and Heidelberg 

at  3:40pm Sunday. 


Gavin McKinnon
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Nov 2014 19:11:13 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               8           1682          48410
Osprey                       0              1             54
Bald Eagle                   0             43            279
Northern Harrier             3             77            480
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            144           7768
Cooper's Hawk                0             29            315
Northern Goshawk             0              3             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             97            400
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              4            942           2301
Rough-legged Hawk            0             14             20
Golden Eagle                 0             39             65
American Kestrel             0              5           1024
Merlin                       0              3             72
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             48
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             23
Unknown Buteo                0             20            220
Unknown Eagle                0              3              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              7
Unknown Raptor               0              1             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      19           3107          97897
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jason Craft

Observers:        Al Stewart, Jim McCoy, John Craft

Weather:
Temperatures just above freezing with winds coming from the SW all day.

Raptor Observations:
With only a few raptors trickling through each hour, it made for a slow day
with 19 birds. 4 species made an appearance; Turkey Vultures, Northern
Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
40 American Robins
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2014) 17 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Nov 2014 17:11:44 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2194          69751
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   0             59            304
Northern Harrier             7             48            352
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            128           4599
Cooper's Hawk                1             45            447
Northern Goshawk             0              4              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            171            737
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              7           1418           4219
Rough-legged Hawk            0             13             23
Golden Eagle                 0             62            113
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              2             45
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             48
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                      17           4169         266237
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Overcast, foggy and cold with light wind out of the southwest at first,
strengthening and turning more westerly as the day progressed. 

Raptor Observations:
Six harriers pumped past in quick succession around noon, bringing a touch
of warmth to an otherwise frosty outing.

Non-raptor Observations:
Horned Grebe (11), Tundra Swan (9), Great Black-backed Gull (1), Horned
Lark (550+), American Pipit (4), Red-winged Blackbird (800+), Common
Grackle (40+), American Goldfinch (25+), European Starling (500+), American
Tree Sparrow (1)

Predictions:
Tough conditions tomorrow: highs in the mid 20s, strong west wind with
gusts up to 30 mph and a 50 percent chance of snow. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Fwd: Retraction -- possibly ALBINO BONAPARTE'S At Adam Beck
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:31:12 +0000 (UTC)
Having trouble with email today -- I don't know if this went through earlier.

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Jarmo Jalava 
> Date: November 17, 2014, 2:35:53 PM EST
> To: Ontbirds reporting 
> Subject: Retraction -- possibly ALBINO BONAPARTE'S At Adam Beck
> 
> Stop the press -- we've just been informed there's been an albino/leucistic 
Bonaparte's here. Likely the same bird . BIg time apologies! 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: Jarmo Jalava 
>> Date: November 17, 2014, 2:31:58 PM EST
>> To: Jean Iron 
>> Subject: Re: [Ontbirds] Ivory Gull - Adam Beck - niagara right now
>> 
>> THANKS RON & Jean -- we have't refound but that makes sense!  Will repost!
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> On Nov 17, 2014, at 2:09 PM, Jean Iron  wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi Jarmo,
>>> 
>>> There's been a leucistic/albino Bonaparte's at Adan Beck before. Are you
>>> sure it's an Ivory? Age? Is it spotted juvenile?
>>> 
>>> Ron and Jean
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: ONTBIRDS [mailto:birdalert-bounces AT ontbirds.ca] On Behalf Of Jarmo
>>> Jalava via ONTBIRDS
>>> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 1:46 PM
>>> To: Ontbirds reporting
>>> Subject: [Ontbirds] Ivory Gull - Adam Beck - niagara right now
>>> 
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Subject: Long Point Update - November 17, 2014
From: Stuart Mackenzie <smackenzie AT bsc-eoc.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:45:52 -0500
Ontario Birders,

This summary concludes LPBO's 55th Migration Monitoring Season. Tens of 
thousands of waterfowl still blanket the Inner and Outer Bays. Tundra Swans and 
as many as 300 Sandhill Cranes have been accumulating in Big Creek Marsh and 
fields along Front Rd. Passerine activity has remained steady, but comprised of 
a wintery mix of finches and late sparrows with a few goodies mixed in. The 
river of blackbirds has subsided to a stream. The 2015 spring season will 
commence April 15, 2015. Go Birding! 


Highlights:

Snow Goose - Six blue-phase individuals flew over the dyke within a flock of 
Canada Geese November 12 (LPBO). 


Trumpeter Swan - Four were observed flying over Old Cut November 13 (TJT, SMS).

Tundra Swan - A high of 450 were observed at Old Cut November 9 & 13 (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon - One was observed off the Long Point Provincial Park 
November 2 and on the Outer Bay November 10 (SAM). 


Hooded Merganser - 40 were observed in Old Cut channel November 14 (SAM).

Horned Grebe - There was a high of 220 on the Outer Bay November 10(SAM).

Red-necked Grebe - Two were observed off the Long Point Provincial Park 
November 2, and three were observed on the Outer Bay November 10 (SAM). 


Eared Grebe - One was observed on the Outer Bay November 10 (SAM).

Great Egret - One has been lingering around Old Cut since November 1 (LPBO).

Green Heron - One was observed at Old Cut November 5 (NMR).

Golden Eagle - One was observed flying over Old Cut November 2 & 3(LPBO).

Red-shouldered Hawk - A first basic bird flew over Old Cut November 12 (JRA).

Killdeer - One was heard flying over Old Cut during census November 7 (JJC, 
NMR). 


Greater Yellowlegs - Individuals were observed at Old Cut on November 2, 5 and 
14 (LPBO, SAM). 


Willet - One first basic bird was observed at the Tip November 7 (SMS).

Ruddy Turnstone - One first basic birds was observed in the Long Point 
Provincial park November 2 (SAM). 


Red Phalarope - Two were observed at the Tip November 3, 4 & 5 (LPBO).

Pomarine Jaegar - A dark phase bird was observed at the Tip November 3 (LPBO).

Little Gull - Four were observed on the Outer Bay November 10 (SAM).

Common Tern - One was observed on the Outer Bay November 10 (SAM).

Snowy Owl - The first of the year was observed at the Bird Studies Canada 
headquarters on November 2 (GF, PF). Another was observed sitting on the Inner 
Bay November 14 (JJC, SMS, NMR). 


Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at Old Cut November 7 (LPBO).

Eastern Phoebe - One was observed at Old Cut November 2 & 7, two were observed 
at the Tip November 5, and one November 10 (SAM). 


Northern Shrike - A first basic bird was banded at the Tip November 9 (LPBO).

Blue-headed Vireo - One was observed on census at Old Cut November 7 and a 
first basic bird was banded at Old Cut November 8 (LPBO). 


Common Raven - One bird flew west over Old Cut November 8 (TJT, NMR).

Marsh Wren - One bird was heard in the marsh at Old Cut November 3 (LPBO).

Eastern Bluebird - Highs of 42 and 26 were observed flying over Old Cut 
November 2 & 13, respectively (LPBO). 


American Robin - Highs of 298, 213 & 662 were estimated at Old Cut November 2 & 
12,13 respectively (LPBO). 


American Pipit - A high of 450 were estimated for Old Cut November 13 (LPBO).

Tennessee Warbler - A record late definitive basic male was banded at Old Cut 
November 3 (LPBO). 


Orange-crowned Warbler - A definitive basic male was banded at Old Cut November 
3, and another was observed November 6 (LPBO). 


Yellow Warbler - One was observed in the Long Point Provincial Park November 7 
(TL). 


Western Palm Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut November 6 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - One male was observed at the Tip November 7 (LPBO).

Black-throated Green Warbler - One was observed in the Long Point Provincial 
Park November 7 (TL). 


Vesper Sparrow - One was at Old Cut and the Tip November 6 & 7, respectively 
(LPBO). 


Red-winged Blackbird - High of 186,000 at Old Cut November 7 (LPBO).

Eastern Meadowlark - Two birds were observed flying over Old Cut November 7 
(NMR). 


Common Grackle - High of 143,700 at Old Cut November 2 (LPBO).

Pine Siskin - Highs of 142 & 105 were observed at Old Cut November 6 & 7, 
respectively (LPBO). 


American Goldfinch - A high of 521 were observed at the Tip November 6 (LPBO).

White-winged Crossbill - One male was observed in the Long Point Provincial 
Park November 2 (SAM). 


Evening Grosbeak - One was heard at Old Cut November 7 (DS).

Observers:


Jody Allair (JRA), Janice Chard (JCC), George Finney (GF), Pat Finney (PF), 
John Glazebrook (JGK), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Nancy Raginski 
(NMR), Diane Salter (DS), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Long Point 
Bird Observatory (LPBO), Mick Wright (MTW). 




Explore the Long Point Birding 
Trail>. 
Updates of the birds in the area can be viewed through 
eBird> on LPBO's main 
web-page. You can help contribute to sightings 
in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to 
eBbird> 
or by sharing them with us at 
lpbo AT birdscanada.org. The Old Cut Research Station 
is open to the public every day until November 15. For more information on the 
research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this 
link> 
and check out the 2013 LPBO Program 
Report> 
or LPBO 
E-news>. 
Your best source for information about the birds and birding sites around Long 
Point can be found in A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area by Ron Ridout 
available 
here>. 





__________________________________________________________
Stuart A. Mackenzie
Motus Wildlife Tracking System Manager
LPBO Program Manager
Long Point Bird Observatory - Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada
PO Box 160, 115 Front Rd. Port Rowan, Ontario. N0E 1M0.
(519)-586-3531 X 162(office), Fax:586-3532, Mobile:820-6040
smackenzie AT birdscanada.org
www.birdscanada.org/lpbo
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Subject: Retraction -- possibly ALBINO BONAPARTE'S At Adam Beck
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:07:51 +0000 (UTC)
Stop the press -- we've just been informed there's been an albino/leucistic 
Bonaparte's here. Likely the same bird . BIg time apologies! 


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Jarmo Jalava 
> Date: November 17, 2014, 2:31:58 PM EST
> To: Jean Iron 
> Subject: Re: [Ontbirds] Ivory Gull - Adam Beck - niagara right now
> 
> THANKS RON & Jean -- we have't refound but that makes sense!  Will repost!
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Nov 17, 2014, at 2:09 PM, Jean Iron  wrote:
> 
>> Hi Jarmo,
>> 
>> There's been a leucistic/albino Bonaparte's at Adan Beck before. Are you
>> sure it's an Ivory? Age? Is it spotted juvenile?
>> 
>> Ron and Jean
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ONTBIRDS [mailto:birdalert-bounces AT ontbirds.ca] On Behalf Of Jarmo
>> Jalava via ONTBIRDS
>> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 1:46 PM
>> To: Ontbirds reporting
>> Subject: [Ontbirds] Ivory Gull - Adam Beck - niagara right now
>> 
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Subject: Ivory Gull - Adam Beck - niagara right now
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:14:39 +0000 (UTC)
Adult.  Photos taken. 



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Nov 2014 19:11:01 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           2194          69751
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                   0             59            304
Northern Harrier             0             41            345
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            126           4597
Cooper's Hawk                0             44            446
Northern Goshawk             0              4              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            171            737
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              2           1411           4212
Rough-legged Hawk            0             13             23
Golden Eagle                 0             62            113
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              2             45
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             48
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                       4           4152         266220
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Joan Tisdale

Visitors:
3


Weather:
The sky remained gray and overcast from start to finish. Distant fog
obscured Canada throughout. Some light snow flurries limited visibility
even more later in the day. The wind was light to moderate and out of the
southwest.

Raptor Observations:
Quiet out there.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan (110+), Horned Grebe (15+), Common Goldeneye (8), Redhead
(30+), Horned Lark (6), American Crow (50+), European Starling (120+),
Mourning Dove (12), American Robin (30+)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with cold temps, moderate to strong west wind and a 90
percent chance of light snow in the afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Brant and Snow Goose re Carol Horner's report yesterday.. Peterborough and Burleigh Falls
From: "Bruce F. Aikins" <bfa001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:23:28 -0500
Decided to try to fill two holes in my year-list this morning by taking a
trip to Peterborough Area and Burleigh Falls.  Was not disappointed.... saw
both birds.  At Lock 25 on the Trent, I initially didn't see the Snow Goose
among the geese on the water but then noticed about 50 geese circling to
land ... among them a Snow Goose (White Phase).... elapsed time ~1 minute.
Then traveled to Lock at Burleigh Falls and upon arrival did not see any
birds whatsoever on river or at lock then spotted a single bird by the
waters-edge.  It was the Brant.  Elapsed time ~30 seconds.  Must have been
my day.... both target species without much effort.  However, I wonder
about the health or capability of the Brant.  All alone, no other bird in
site within bino range ???  Even though it looked to be in good shape, I
wonder if it is wounded and cannot fly.  Obviously, I did not chase it to
check out this premise.   Just wondering !!!   Bruce

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B.F. Aikins
118 Morris Lane
Scugog Point
Nestleton Stn. ON
L0B 1L0
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Subject: Cattle Egret
From: Charmaine Anderson <charmmanderson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:01:08 -0500
Good viewing of egret 1pm from carruthers creek golf course parking. North east 
corner of golf course 


Hall's Rd


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Subject: Re: Caspian Terns Nov 15 Leslie St Spit - Decoys
From: Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:59:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hi everyone,
I received an eBird report yesterday for review in which an observer reported 9 
Caspian Terns at Tommy Thompson Park yesterday. The observer kindly included a 
picture. This would be an exceptional late day for Caspian Tern in Toronto so I 
took a close look at the picture and was able to determine that these were in 
fact decoys not late migrants. I have contacted the Toronto Conservation 
Authority to see if the decoys are part of one of their wildlife management 
projects. 

Just wanted to get this out before anyone rushed down to try and see them.
Regards, Garth Riley
Etobicoke, Ontario
rileygv AT yahoo.com
      From: Mark Cranford [Ontbirds] 
 To: ONTBIRDS  
 Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:11 AM
 Subject: [Ontbirds] Caspian Terns Nov 15 Leslie St Spit
   
Reporting for Lynn Pady and Margaret Liubavicius.

Yesterday they saw and photographed seven (7) Caspian Terns at Tommy 
Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit. The birds were hunkered down on 
rip-rap and reed grass near embayment D.


Directions: Leslie St. Spit is at the base of Leslie St., only open on 
weekends. Note that recent road construction means you may have to 
access the area via Carlaw (off Lakeshore) then Commissioners.

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Mississauga, ON
mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
905 279 9576

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Subject: Caspian Terns Nov 15 Leslie St Spit
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:11:59 -0500
Reporting for Lynn Pady and Margaret Liubavicius.

Yesterday they saw and photographed seven (7) Caspian Terns at Tommy 
Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit. The birds were hunkered down on 
rip-rap and reed grass near embayment D.


Directions: Leslie St. Spit is at the base of Leslie St., only open on 
weekends. Note that recent road construction means you may have to 
access the area via Carlaw (off Lakeshore) then Commissioners.

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ONTBIRDS Coordinator
Mississauga, ON
mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
905 279 9576

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