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1 Sep Re: in memory of Martha [Catherine Carroll ]
01 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (01 Sep 2014) 7 Raptors []
1 Sep Re: in memory of Martha [Mark Cranford ]
01 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 14 Raptors []
1 Sep Re: in memory of Martha [Catherine Carroll ]
1 Sep Snowy Egret @ Holiday Beach, sept 1 [Leonard Manning ]
1 Sep Re: in memory of Martha [Mark K ]
1 Sep Iroquois Shoreline Raptor Watch [Mike Williamson ]
1 Sep in memory of Martha ["Cindy Cartwright" ]
1 Sep Eurasian Collared Doves in Leamington, Sept 1 [Leonard Manning ]
1 Sep Yellow-crowned juvenile night heron []
31 Aug YCNH continues at Colonel Sam, and a caution [Mark K ]
31 Aug Eurasian Collared-Doves and Snowy Egret [Kyle Holloway ]
31 Aug Eurasian Collared-Dove - Leamington [Justin Peter ]
31 Aug Reeve near Ottawa [Michael Tate ]
31 Aug Reeve at boundary road east of Kemptville near Ottawa [Michael Tate ]
31 Aug Merlin, south of Mildmay [Rob Porter ]
31 Aug Correction - Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Sue Milks ]
31 Aug Buff-breasted Plover near Casselman [Sue Milks ]
30 Aug 2 Owls [Glenn Steplock ]
30 Aug HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (29 Aug 2014) 9 Raptors []
30 Aug HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (28 Aug 2014) 69 Raptors []
30 Aug Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Col. Sam Smith Park, Aug 30 [JAMES HOLDSWORTH ]
30 Aug Amer. Golden Plovers - Near Kemptville South of Ottawa [Brian Mortimer ]
30 Aug Snowy Egrets at Holiday Beach CA [Robert Pettit ]
30 Aug HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (27 Aug 2014) 4 Raptors []
29 Aug Snowy Egrets and Eurasian Collared-Doves in Essex County [Jeremy Bensette ]
29 Aug Kingston Area Birds: 23rd - 29th August 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
29 Aug Stilt Sandpiper, Markham - Fri Aug 29 aft [Frank Pinilla ]
29 Aug Adult long-tailed jaeger and sabines gulls at Van Wagners beach []
29 Aug Red Knot, Presqu'Ile, Last Weekend [Skip Shand ]
29 Aug Rusty Blackbirds, Hall's Road, Whitby [Keith ]
29 Aug RED KNOT,North Oliphant Flats,Oliphant, Aug 29 [Leonard Manning ]
29 Aug Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 29th, 2014 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
28 Aug Rondeau PP warbler migration [RIC MCARTHUR ]
28 Aug Ottawa/Gatineau - August 28, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak ]
28 Aug Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 28, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
28 Aug NE shore Lake Erie 12 Shorebird sp., 10 Warbler sp.&Long-tailed Duck. [Marcie Jacklin ]
27 Aug Blue-winged and other Warblers, etc. - Toronto Islands [Norm Murr ]
27 Aug No White Ibis in Napanee [Sue Milks ]
27 Aug Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Hamilton [David Pryor ]
27 Aug Re: White Ibis still being seen in Napanee, Aug 26th [Michael Tate ]
26 Aug Sympatico Meltdown ["Mark Cranford \[Ontbirds\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
26 Aug White Ibis still being seen in Napanee, Aug 26th [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Aug white ibis at Napanee [Terry Sprague via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Aug Great Egrets roosting at Lynde Shores (Whitby) and Ellacott Lookout (Hespeler) ["Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
26 Aug Red Knot - Erie Beach, Ontario [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Aug Red Knot - Erie Beach, Ontario [Bird observations from western New York ]
26 Aug White Ibis in Napanee [Mike Burrell via ONTBIRDS ]
25 Aug Eurasian Collared-Dove Leamington-YES [Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS ]
25 Aug Long Point Update - August 25. VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, PLEGADIS SP, LONG-TAILED JAEGER. [Stuart Mackenzie via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Aug Palgrave OFO Trip Aug. 24 [dave milsom via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Aug Common Nighthawks in Toronto's High Park [Emily Rondel via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Aug Eurasian Collard-Dove near Point Pelee... [Steve Pike via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Aug Long-tailed Jaeger,vanwagners beach [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Aug Reminder: OFO Convention Registration and Hotel Reservation [Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Aug OFO Young Birders Shorebird Workshop - Aug 23 [Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS ]
23 Aug Presqu'ile Shorebirds & Red-throated Loon [Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS ]
23 Aug 7 Common Nighthawks feeding over Navan, Ont [tom devecseri via ONTBIRDS ]
23 Aug Juvenile long-tailed jaeger,van Wagners beach [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
23 Aug Black-legged kittiwake,van Wagners beqch [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
23 Aug 24 Great Egrts roosting at Demorestville (Prince Edward County) ["Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
22 Aug Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 22nd, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
22 Aug Lark Sparrow at Point Pelee [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS ]
22 Aug Two Snowy Egrets - Holiday Beach [Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS ]
22 Aug Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 22nd August 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
22 Aug Re: 12 Great Egrets roosting at Minesing Swamp near Angus. [Ken Burrell via ONTBIRDS ]
22 Aug Fwd: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Col. Samuel Smith Park, Toronto - Present Thursday evening [John Carley via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug 12 Great Egrets roosting at Minesing Swamp near Angus. ["Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
22 Aug : Magpies in Dryden [Tim McKillop via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug night hawks at Thomasburg [Cath Stewart via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug Nighthawks and Flying Ants - Scugog [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug Ottawa/Gatineau - August 21, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug Night hawks - Brighton [Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 21, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
21 Aug Violet-green Swallow and Dickcissel - Long Point - August 21 2014 [Stu Mackenze via ONTBIRDS ]

Subject: Re: in memory of Martha
From: Catherine Carroll <songsparrow AT wowway.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:01:46 -0400 (EDT)
So sorry to all. I apologize for the article not coming over properly. 


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/opinion/sunday/saving-our-birds.html?emc=eta1 



Please try the link above. It's titled Saving Our Birds by John W. Fitzpatrick, 
Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 



All the best, 
Cathy 

----- Original Message -----
To tack on to what Cindy has written, many may wish to read this article from 
yesterday's New York Times. It's a cut and past job so I hope that all who 
which to read the article can open it. 



In Memory of Martha on this 100th anniversary of her death. 


Cathy Carroll 






Sent by songsparrow AT wowway.com : 
OPINION 
Saving Our Birds 
BY JOHN W. FITZPATRICK 


Has the passing of the passenger pigeon taught us anything? 
Or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://nyti.ms/1n5FRC4 
To get unlimited access to all New York Times articles, subscribe today . See 
Subscription Options. 

----- Original Message ----- 
Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914. 

In less than one lifetime, man attacked a species that numbered over 3 
billion and drove it into extinction. 



Please take a moment at some point today to reflect on this tragedy and the 
ongoing destruction that humans inflict on our beautiful natural world and 
the species that share it. 















Cindy Cartwright 

Saugeen Shores 

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (01 Sep 2014) 7 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Sep 2014 21:09:44 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             4              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       7              7              7
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Claude Radley, Steve Greidanus,
                  Tiffanie Rajki

Visitors:
A few families stopped by with their children to enjoy the view and some
looks at swans and osprey. A couple from Tilbury and a fellow from Chatham
came to get a look at the Snowy Egret. 


Weather:
A very hot day with humidity up to 95. 1-7kph winds predominately from the
South with close to 100% cloud cover for a large portion of the day.
Visibility up to 16km.

Raptor Observations:
A total of 7 raptors; 4 of which were NH, and one each of ML, OS, and SS
which all flew through very low. 2 resident Peregrine Falcons were showing
off their flying prowess while chasing the resident Osprey and immature
Bald Eagles.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Cedar Waxwings made up the majority of non-raptor migrants with 286 flying
by in small groups of 30 or so. Other species of note were 97 D-C
Cormorants in loose formations, 4 Chimney Swifts, 4 Yellowleg Sp., 3
R-throated Hummingbirds, 26 Goldfinches, Tree Swallows and Rough-winged
Swallows. 

2 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Thunderstorms for the morning and precipitation clearing up in the
afternoon. Winds from the W at 10-15km/h



Festivals September 13-14, 20-21
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDernott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Re: in memory of Martha
From: Mark Cranford <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:31:58 -0700
Mark

If you have concerns about the content of an Ontbird post please direct them to 
me as Ontbirds coordinator. For more infomation about ontbirds please follow 
links at end of every post 


Mark Cranford
Ontbirds Coordinator

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 14 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Sep 2014 17:09:20 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2              2              2
Osprey                       4              4              4
Bald Eagle                   5              5              5
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2              2              2
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
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

Total:                      14             14             14
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
6


Weather:
Overcast and hazy early, some scattered midday showers sent us scurrying
for shelter on a couple occasions. The proceedings brightened in the
afternoon, with bluer skies and sunnier conditions overall. The wind was
light to moderate and out of the south and southeast. 

Raptor Observations:
Not a bad start to the season. Bald Eagle and Osprey were active
throughout. In addition to migrating birds on the move, there were several
other individuals of both species seen successfully plucking prey from the
lake.

Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Martins (136) were the big story, pushing past in bunches during the
first two hours of the watch. Northern Rough-winged (84), Tree (47), Barn
(39) and Bank (2) swallows joined them along with Chimney Swift (12). Other
species observed included: Bobolink (4), Green Heron (1), Baltimore Oriole
(2), Lesser Yellowlegs (8), Cedar Waxwing (18), Canada Goose (9),
Red-winged Blackbird (122), Belted Kingfisher (1), American Goldfinch (13),
House Finch (7), Mourning Dove (5), Forster's Tern (4), Caspian Tern (6),
Common Grackle (8), Warbling Vireo (2), Great Blue Heron (2), Great Egret
(4) and Wood Duck (2). 

Predictions:
Overcast early with some clearing in the afternoon. There is a 50 percent
chance of scattered morning showers. The wind should again be out of the
south, shifting more westerly as the day goes on.
========================================================================
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: Re: in memory of Martha
From: Catherine Carroll <songsparrow AT wowway.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:19:05 -0400 (EDT)
To tack on to what Cindy has written, many may wish to read this article from 
yesterday's New York Times. It's a cut and past job so I hope that all who 
which to read the article can open it. 



In Memory of Martha on this 100th anniversary of her death. 


Cathy Carroll 






Sent by songsparrow AT wowway.com : 	
	OPINION 
Saving Our Birds 
BY JOHN W. FITZPATRICK 


Has the passing of the passenger pigeon taught us anything? 
Or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://nyti.ms/1n5FRC4 
To get unlimited access to all New York Times articles, subscribe today . See 
Subscription Options. 

----- Original Message -----
Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914. 

In less than one lifetime, man attacked a species that numbered over 3 
billion and drove it into extinction. 



Please take a moment at some point today to reflect on this tragedy and the 
ongoing destruction that humans inflict on our beautiful natural world and 
the species that share it. 















Cindy Cartwright 

Saugeen Shores 

_______________________________________________ 
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birding organization. 

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Subject: Snowy Egret @ Holiday Beach, sept 1
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:03:19 -0400
One of the continuing Snowy Egrets is currently giving excellent views from
the Hawk Watch tower at holiday beach CA.

Holiday beach is located on Essex county road 50 in Essex county just west
of Harrow.$10.00 admission coin or credit card. Drive following the signs
directing you to the tower. The bird is with a great egret in a small pond.

Team Hamilton
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Subject: Re: in memory of Martha
From: Mark K <scarbropengyou AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:53:43 -0700
I sympathize with the sentiment, but I feel this message is not appropriate for 
Ontario Birds. 


Mark Kubisz


________________________________
 From: Cindy Cartwright 
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca 
Sent: Monday, September 1, 2014 1:43:21 PM
Subject: [Ontbirds] in memory of Martha
 

Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

In less than one lifetime, man attacked a species that numbered over 3
billion and drove it into extinction.



Please take a moment at some point today to reflect on this tragedy and the
ongoing destruction that humans inflict on our beautiful natural world and
the species that share it. 















Cindy Cartwright

Saugeen Shores

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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Raptor Watch
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:31:50 -0400
Hello

Just to you let you know ISRW did not start up this past w/end. I was laid
low with Strep Throat & unable to start our 15th season. Feeling better
after a w/end of antibiotics & should be up & running next w/end September
6th.

Cheers

Mike Williamson

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Subject: in memory of Martha
From: "Cindy Cartwright" <pom AT bmts.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:43:21 -0400
Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

In less than one lifetime, man attacked a species that numbered over 3
billion and drove it into extinction.

 

Please take a moment at some point today to reflect on this tragedy and the
ongoing destruction that humans inflict on our beautiful natural world and
the species that share it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Cartwright

Saugeen Shores

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Subject: Eurasian Collared Doves in Leamington, Sept 1
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:34:14 -0400
Birders,

Both doves are present today on seacliffe drive east in leamington. We just
photographed them behind house 1209.

401 exit # 48 turn towards leamington turn left  on hwy 77 then left on 33
then left on seacliffe e.

Len Manning
Lisa Teskey
Joanne Redwood
Mourad Jabra
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Subject: Yellow-crowned juvenile night heron
From: leadermd AT rogers.blackberry.net
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:37:24 +0000
The juvenile YCNH showed well from the viewing platform from 0730 to 0900 
today. It was standing ( and sleeping after a while) on the log in the pond at 
Col Sam Smith. 2 juvenile black-crowned night herons were roosting in trees and 
seen easily from the same platform on the east side of the pond. 

Also seen along the path from the southernmost parking lot to the pond were 2 
warbler species: 1 Canada warbler, 1 female blackthroated blue warbler; 3 grey 
catbirds and 4 cedar waxwings. 


Rolland Leader

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Subject: YCNH continues at Colonel Sam, and a caution
From: Mark K <scarbropengyou AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:56:13 -0700
Arriving at Colonel Sam Park about 5:15 P.M. today, we didn't at first see the 
YCNH from the viewing platform. My Dad and I started walking around, and bumped 
into a birder who showed us what he said was the Yellow-crowned Night Heron. 
Only problem was, it was a Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile). So if anyone 
who has not yet seen a Yellow-crowned Night Heron before heads out to see this 
one, don't automatically assume a person who shows you "the bird" is correct in 
their identification. 


Around 6 P.M. we returned to the viewing platform, and saw the real YCNH as it 
walked around on a log directly in front of the platform. It gave spectacular 
views, showing clearly its larger, fatter, all dark bill, darker overall 
colouration and much smaller spots on the back and wings. 


Mark Kubisz,
Scarborough, ON

Colonel Sam Park is at the base of Kipling Ave. in Etobicoke. The pond with the 
viewing platform is just east of the most southern, free parking lot. 

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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Doves and Snowy Egret
From: Kyle Holloway <kyleholloway1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:04:36 -0400
Hi all!

Deciding that 2 Ontario life birds was a good excuse to head down to South
Western Ontario, I made the trip down.

The two Eurasian Collared-Doves were, as advertised, sitting on the wires
in front of house 1213 on Seacliffe Dr. E, Leamington, at noon.

At Holiday Beach, I was only able to locate one Snowy Egret in the small
pond visible from the hawk watch tower.  From about 1:30-2:00 pm It was
very actively hunting the pond until it flew off to roost in a tree near a
Great Egret.

I also did some Odeing while down here the details can be found here
https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/ont-odes/L_DGlHDGg78

Holiday Beach is on Rd 50 between Amherstburg and Harrow, on Lake Erie.
There is a fee of $10 to enter, payable by coin or credit card.

Cheers,

Kyle
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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove - Leamington
From: Justin Peter <jbpetr AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:57:06 -0400
Hello birders,

A presumed male is being seen at 1209 County Road 20 east of Leamington where 
two birds were previously reported. He preened and then sang two sequences of 
coos. The other bird, presumed female, is not being seen currently. 


Good birding,

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Subject: Reeve near Ottawa
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:42:54 -0400
In response to several requests received following my post this afternoon. A 
Reeve is a female of the species Ruff, a Eurasian shorebird. The bird has not 
been relocated as of mid afternoon. There are several Pectoral Sandpipers and a 
Baird's Sandpiper at a distance in the grass to confuse the issue. 

Michael

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Subject: Reeve at boundary road east of Kemptville near Ottawa
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:12:19 -0400
A Reeve is being seen south of 804 Boundary Rd south of French Settlement Rd on 
the east side on a sod farm. Found by Mark Gawn 

Michael

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Subject: Merlin, south of Mildmay
From: Rob Porter <walk.the.plank AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:48:24 -0400
Greetings

Just got some great close up photos on a Merlin at the junction of Concession 2 
W and Sideroad 15 S. 


Google map link: Dropped Pin
near Concession Road 2 W, Mildmay, ON N0G 2J0
http://goo.gl/maps/x0BYt

Good birding
Rob

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Subject: Correction - Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Sue Milks <sue.milks AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:38:04 -0400
Oops ...  All other info the same as previous ....

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Subject: Buff-breasted Plover near Casselman
From: Sue Milks <sue.milks AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:49:28 -0400
In the fields of the Manderley Sod Farm right if the Lafleche Dump entrance. 
Also seeing Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover and Sanderling. 


On the Lafleche Road off Highway 138, south of Highway 417.

Sue Milks (with Tony Beck).

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Subject: 2 Owls
From: Glenn Steplock <nature_photography AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:37:47 -0700
8:35pm driving on the 404 N there was / Is a Great Horned Owl on a light Pole 
at the end of the 16th ave On ramp to the 404 N. 


I looped off at Major Mac and went 404 South and I stopped on the 16th Ave Off 
Ramp. There was a very large Owl on a light poll there as well. I managed some 
very poor pictures out my sunroof. It appeared to be a Snowy Owl, but think it 
was a large Barred Owl. I drove around into the Mazda head office trying to get 
a better view, but the Owl was gone.....Hopped back on the 404 N at 16th 
(Buttonville airport) and the GHO was still on the pole, its the 2nd or 3rd 
pole about 3/4 they way up the merge lane.... 


Figured no harm in posting of Owls since they won't be around in the 
morning..... 


Location of the 2 Owls:
Buttonville Airport Markham 404 North at the 16th ave On ramp....... and 404 
South 16th avenue OFF Ramp. 

 
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (29 Aug 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Aug 2014 22:08:48 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1             29             29
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             32             32
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
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

Total:                       9             82             82
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
Thanks to Jim, Mary, Keith, Bob J. and Paul Nicholson for trying for a
count today.


Weather:
Light winds from the ESE and S...our worst winds for good flights at the
hawkwatch.  Skies were again mostly clear and temp was a bit warmer to 20C.
Humidity was good for most of the count period.

Raptor Observations:
A very small flight as expected with just 9 birds observed...Sharpies (3),
Kestrels (4), a single Merlin and a lone Broadwing.





Non-raptor Observations:
Thanks to Bob, Jim, Paul and Keith for their assistance in compiling
today's list.  Firsts for this season also included 1 Common Loon flying
low overhead, 1 Veery, and 1 Pileated Woodpecker.  



We found fewer warbler species, although we're sure we missed some in the
very thick foliage. Warblers reported were Magnolia, Black & White, Yellow,
Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's, along with Brlue-gray Gnatcatcher, Red-eyed
& Warbling Vireo, Carolina & House Wren, Great Crested Flycatcher, Northern
Flicker and the usual Catbirds, Chickadees, Cardinals, Goldfinches, etc. 
Hummingbirds have been seen every day this week, especially in and around
the patches of jewelweed up and down the road.



Above the tobacco field were many swallows, mostly Barn, with a couple of
Banks plus 6 Chimney Swifts and our first Purple Martin of the fall season.
The Northern Mockingbird that mocked us  for a week before finally showing
himself  on August 21 was spotted again today along Hawk Cliff Rd, near the
ravine.  Other sightings included 2 Caspian Terns, 







Observers found a good variety of insect species as well.  Observers noted
the following butterfly species:  Monarch, Viceroy, Cabbage White, Orange
and Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed Blue, Summer Azure, and a Common
Ringlet.  Dragonflies, especially Green Darners and Black Saddlebags are
beginning to show up in good  numbers.  Also seen yesterday were 12-spotted
Skimmers, a Red Saddlebags and the smaller White-faced Meadowhawks seemed
to be everywhere.


========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (28 Aug 2014) 69 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Aug 2014 21:08:53 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             9             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           28             28             28
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            25             28             28
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
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

Total:                      69             73             73
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan, Ronnie Goodhand

Visitors:
Thanks to Jim, Mary, Ronnie, Keith and Bob Johnstone for doing today's
count.


Weather:
Winds today were light initially from the W then backed around to the NW
and finally the NE.  Under clear skies with little cloud the flight was
quite high. Temp was still a bit cooler than normal getting to a high of
19C.

Raptor Observations:
August is never a big flight month for the raptors but there's normally a
bit of a push of young AKs, Sharpies and Osprey.



Birds were extremely high for the most part, Harriers were lower but AKs
and BROADWINGS were very high. The Broadwing number (28) is slightly below
the August average of 43 over the past several years though there are a few
days left in the month.



Total raptors tallied today was 69 with the two main species being
Broadwings (28) and Kestrels (25) along with N. Harriers (9) and Sharpies
(7).

 

Several local Bald Eagles continue to patrol the lakeshore but will not be
counted at this point in the season.







Non-raptor Observations:
We've had great views of many songbird species over the past two weeks and
today was no exception.  The early bird was a Caspian Tern, viewed from the
Cliff early in the watch.  Most birds today were seen in the mulberry on
the west side of the parking circle and extending from there down to the
cliff's edge in the bushes on either side of the path.  Warbler species
seen today were Chestnut-sided, Wilson's, Redstart, Yellow-rumped,
Tennessee, Nashville, Blackburnian, Black & White, Magnolia and Cape May. 
Other highlights included Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Carolina Wren, House Wren,
Great Crested Flycatcher, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, many Cedar Waxwings,
a juvenile Towhee, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo,  Gray Catbird and a Belted
Kingfisher fishing along the beach below.  Canada geese, Mallards,
Double-crested Cormorants and Ring-billed Gulls were seen flying near the
Cliff and Barn Swallows were flying everywhere and among them, were 1
Chimney Swift, a few Bank Swallows and a Purple Martin spotted by a couple
of keen-eyed observers.



Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were spotted in several locations, but the best
views are in the patches of jewelweed especially at the gate in the low
spot about a hundred metres north of the knoll and on the west side of Hawk
Cliff Rd directly across from the knoll.  



We are beginning to see a few Monarch Butterflies heading west and several
dragonfly species have been noted as well, including Common Green Darner,
Black Saddlebags, Red Saddlebags and 12-spotted Skimmer.
========================================================================
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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Col. Sam Smith Park, Aug 30
From: JAMES HOLDSWORTH <jmholdsworth AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:25:02 -0700
Ontbirders,

The immature Yellow-crowned Night Heron is still present today, easily seen at 
the extreme north-east corner of the centre wetland. Two imm. Black-crowned 
Night Herons foraged nearby. 


Directions: [from John Carley] - Head south on Kipling Avenue from the Gardiner 
Expressway until you reach the parking lot at the south end of Kipling in Sam 
Smith park. Walk east from the parking lot to the viewing platform . 



Cheers,

James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services

14 Marian St,
RR#1 Woodstock, On, N4S-7V6
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226-228-1428 [cell] - note - NEW
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Subject: Amer. Golden Plovers - Near Kemptville South of Ottawa
From: Brian Mortimer <brian_mortimer AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:15:22 -0400
At 2 pm this afternoon, there were at least 6 American Golden Plovers in a
very damp field on the sod farms on the east side of South Gower Boundary
Rd just south of French Settlement Rd. This is likely the same location as
reported in the Ottawa Regional report of Aug 28.

Directions:

From Ottawa exit Hwy 416 at Hwy 43 just south of the Rideau River. Travel
east on Hwy 43 about 4 km to Boundary Road and turn left (north). The
destination is about 3 km north, just before French Settlement Road. You
can also reach South Gower Boundary Road by travelling south from Ottawa
on River Road. Turn left (south) on Boundary Road and travel just past
French Settlement to reach the destination.

Brian

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Subject: Snowy Egrets at Holiday Beach CA
From: Robert Pettit <redknot AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:59:35 -0400
Members of the HB Observatory viewed three Snowy Egrets Friday at 5:30pm for 
some time in the pond south of the Hawk Tower. They were frequented by one 
Great Egret. 


Cheers,
Bob Pettit 

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (27 Aug 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Aug 2014 02:08:17 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3              3              3
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
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

Total:                       4              4              4
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Dave Verkley, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
Thanks to Mary, Jim, Dave V. and Keith for getting the Hawk Cliff hawkwatch
started for another season! Lot's more birds to come I'm sure.  :)


Weather:
An almost fall like day with a nice mix of sun and cloud and cooler temps
starting at 16C and getting to a high of 21C. Winds were moderate N
dropping to light from the NNW by the end of the count period.

Raptor Observations:
We had 4 migrating raptors...shortly after 10:00 AM (EST), Keith showed up,
stepped up onto the mound, and said, "There's a Harrier off the slope." 
The harrier was followed a few minutes later by an AK, then . . . local
redtails, local TVs, lots of local eagles flying "stupid high" as our Colin
used to say.   Finally 2 more AKs made the dash across the field between
shortly before 12:00 PM (EST). 

Non-raptor Observations:
The feeding frenzy around and in the old mulberry tree continued, with a
slight lull around 11:30 AM.  Traffic picked up again during the noonhour. 
Highlights were a Scarlet Tanager, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers galore,
Great-crested, Least and Willow Flycatcher plus Phoebe, a Kingfisher that
flew across the field, many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (check the jewelweed
patches!), Carolina Wren, Warbling, Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireos and
the following warblers: Black & White, Cape May, Blackburnian,
Bay-breasted, Redstart, Black-throated Blue and Magnolia.
========================================================================
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Subject: Snowy Egrets and Eurasian Collared-Doves in Essex County
From: Jeremy Bensette <jeremy_bensette AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:01:53 -0400
Well, a group of us hit the hawk tower at Holiday Beach Conservation Area this 
evening after a meeting to see the two continuing Snowy Egrets in the pond west 
of the tower, and a third Snowy Egret showed up! So as of tonight there are 
THREE Snowy Egrets at Holiday Beach in Amherstburg, Essex County. Holiday Beach 
is on Rd 50 between Amherstburg and Harrow, on Lake Erie. Unfortunately I don't 
think the gate is usually manned so unless you have a pass I am not sure if you 
can enter in a car. Whether by car or on foot, follow the road inside Holiday 
Beach Conservation Area, then follow the signs for the hawk tower. 




Also, the continuing PAIR of Eurasian Collared-Doves are still present just 
outside of Leamington as of this evening. They generally sit together on the 
hydro line directly in front of house 1213 on Seacliffe Dr. E, very close to 
Gore Hill public school. 


Good birding! 
Jeremy Bensette
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 23rd - 29th August 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:25:09 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

The big one was of course a juvenile WHITE IBIS, last observed on Tuesday
afternoon (see below for more details). Shorebirds continue to pass through,
and finally an increase in migrant warblers is being noted. Highlights
include; SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LITTLE GULL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER.

 

City of Kingston

No reports from the city this week. 

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

A juvenile LITTLE GULL was present at the lagoons yesterday afternoon (28th)
but other than a handful of LESSER YELLOWLEGS, things remain quiet there
although the number of BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN
SHOVELER is picking up. Please note you must be a member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN) or obtain permission from the municipality in order to
gain access to the lagoons.

 

Wolfe Island

The island continues to hold good numbers of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, joined on
25th by 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, increasing to 6 on 28th. A PECTORAL
SANDPIPER was seen at the same location (4th Line), on 28th. On nearby
Garden Island, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO were observed on 24th.

 

Amherst Island

A good variety of warblers was noted on the island on 28th with new arrivals
including YELLOW-RUMPED and WILSON'S WARBLERS. At Martin Edwards Reserve, a
RUDDY TURNSTONE and 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were observed, also on 28th.
Please note that you must be a member of the Kingston Field Naturalists
(KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Prince Edward Point

Banding continues at the point with over 200 BOBOLINKS processed over 2 days
earlier in the week. Warbler numbers slowly increase, the highlight this
week being MOURNING and WILSON'S WARBLER.

 

Other Sightings

WHITE IBIS at Napanee! Unexpected and unfortunately missed by most despite a
good search on Wednesday 27th. First reported on 24th, news broke on 26th
but only a handful of birders managed to catch up with what is just the 6th
accepted Ontario record of this species. South-east of Napanee, along Wilton
Creek, a couple of Short-billed Dowitcher were noted on 27th along with a
single SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, but little compensation... North of here, on
Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, 3 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and a single OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER were seen, also on 27th. Another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was
observed just off the 1000 Islands Parkway on the same date. North of
Kingston, a SANDHILL CRANE was again reported from the Elbow Lake
Environmental Educational Station on 24th.

 

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

 

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Subject: Stilt Sandpiper, Markham - Fri Aug 29 aft
From: Frank Pinilla <fpinilla15 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:14 -0400
Hello Ontbirders,

Not that significant at this time of year, but here in York Region there aren't 
many places for shorebirds. I was driving on the 407 to check out Reesor Pond 
and at Birchmount I saw 2 Great Egrets so decided to stop in at the pond on my 
way back home. When I stopped in to check it out at 4:45 I found 4 Great 
Egrets, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and a Stilt Sanpiper. The Stilt Sand was feeding 
by the rocks on the west side of the pond (nearest Birchmount), right behind a 
locked fence. I was able to digiscope a couple of shots as the bird fed (it was 
actively feeding during the 15 minutes I was there). 


None of the Great Egrets were tagged. 

At Reesor Pond the water has come down a little in the last 2-3 weeks so the 
two spits of land are now showing again (they were covered most of the summer), 
nothing really of note here other than a female Redhead, an eclipse male 
American Wigeon, a few GW Teal, a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Trumpeter Swan that 
has been there all summer. 


All birds have been entered in ebird

DIRECTIONS:

Birchmount Rd runs N-S between Warden & Kennedy and the pond is a few metres 
south of Hwy 407 on the east side of Birchmount. There are often Egrets in it 
throughout the summer. 


Reesor Pond lies just north of Hwy 407 on the west side of Reesor Rd, which is 
just east of Donald Cousens Parkway in Markham. 


Good birding,
Frank Pinilla
Richmond Hill, ON

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Subject: Adult long-tailed jaeger and sabines gulls at Van Wagners beach
From: cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:43:10 -0400
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Subject: Red Knot, Presqu'Ile, Last Weekend
From: Skip Shand <skip.shand AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:16:19 -0400
Old news, for which I apologise: A Pickering Naturalists group observed a
fresh juvenile Red Knot moving from Beach 2 toward Owen Point last Saturday
(23 August) at about 10:30 a.m. Always worth checking those Presqu'Ile
beaches!

Skip Shand
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, Hall's Road, Whitby
From: Keith <klinton AT netrover.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:53:31 -0400
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Subject: RED KNOT,North Oliphant Flats,Oliphant, Aug 29
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:36:34 -0400
Posting for Joanne Redwood who is on scene in the Bruce Peninsula.

For the past three days there has been a RED KNOT on the Oliphant Beach.
The bird was first discovered by Alfred Raab on the 27th. Joanne Redwood is
vacationing in the area and saw the bird yesterday, and has just finishing
getting excellent photos of it today as well.

Directions to the bird:

Take Hwy 6 just north of Wiarton turn onto Bruce Road 13 and go all the way
to the end. Bruce Road 13 turns into Oliphant Way.You will come to a large
sign that says Oliphant and the fishing islands. Turn right to Shoreline
Ave. Go to the end of the paved road. The area on your left when you reach
a gravel road is North Oliphant Flats.

A scope will be helpful as will boots because it is quite muddy. The Knot
is associating loosely with a group of Black-bellied Plovers though it also
forages for extended periods by itself. It has an injured leg and has a
limp, though it has no trouble flying. There is some discussion as to the
age class of the bird.

The Knot could be anywhere left of the gravel road, so as helpful markers
look for the other Plovers and also a group of Caspian Terns and it should
be in the area.


Len Manning for Joanne Redwood on the Bruce
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 29th, 2014
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:55:07 -0400
WILLET
SABINE'S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER



White-winged Scoter
Common Loon
Great Egret
Broad-winged Hawk
Merlin
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Traill's Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Swainson's Thrush
Nashville Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole


Well it's that time of year again when Hamilton shines at the west end of
Lake Ontario.  Right on cue, east winds brought in the specialties albeit in
low numbers but killer looks.  Last Saturday to start things off, a
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER were seen at close
range.  The LONG-TAILED JAEGER clearly was tired from the journey as it made
several stops right off the beach only to be harassed by the gulls and then
sent on its way.  On its final pass, it cruised at low altitude right over
the viewing platform where birders stood with their jaws dropped.  It was
amazing.  The next day a distant PARASITIC JAEGER was seen harassing a few
gulls out at a distance but later in the day, another sub-adult LONG-TAILED
JAEGER came racing right by the platform and set itself down in the water
not too far off the beach much to the delight of the birders standing there.
Finally, yesterday a juvenile SABINE'S GULL was seen from Green Road not far
out flying toward the Lakeland Tower, many more of these to come.  Other
birds seen down here this past week include White-winged Scoter, Common
Loon, Sanderling, Baird's Sandpiper, Bonaparte's and Great Black-backed
Gull, Caspian, Common and a nice treat of a Forster's Tern floating around
for a good half hour in front of the viewing stand.  A surprise yesterday
was a flyby of a WILLET at Canada Centre for Inland Waters, unfortunately
the bird was not refound.

A number of shorebirds are still around and still coming through.  A
Black-bellied Plover was seen in a sod field on Haldibrook Road west of
Highway 6 yesterday.  A first of season Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen on
Wednesday in a field near 433 Greens Road south of Mount Hope.  The bird was
reported again yesterday around the noon hour.  A scope is necessary as this
is a large field.  Be cautious as there is very little room to pull off the
side of the road.  Other places like Windermere Basin, Tollgate Pond, North
Island off Eastport and Red Hill Stormwater Ponds have reported
Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Sanderling, Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher.
At the stormwater pond on the 407 just as you get on eastbound at the 403,
two Baird's Sandpipers were present along with Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper and a Merlin sitting on the mudflat to
view the snack bar.  

Things are warming up in the woodlots this week with birds filtering through
in low numbers for now.  At Shell Park in Oakville, migrants included
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo and Wilson's Warbler.  At Sherwood
Forest Park in Burlington, migrants included Least Flycatcher, Red-eyed
Vireo, Nashville and Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstart, Bobolink
and Baltimore Oriole. At Shoreacres in Burlington, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Eastern Wood Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo,
Swainson's Thrush, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white and Wilson's Warbler,
America Redstart, Northern Waterthrush were migrants noted.  A great place
this week was Waterdown Wetlands on Centre Road north of Waterdown.  If you
can manage the mosquitoes,  Great Crested, Yellow-bellied, Least and
Traill's Flycatcher, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Black-and-wile
Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat,
Wilson's and Canada Warbler were all seen this week.

In the odds and sods, Great Egrets are roosting in several places, above the
Park Hill Dam, at Hespeler Mill Pond and off Caroll's Point.  A couple more
were seen at the 407 stormwater ponds and the Red Hill Stormwater Pond.
Broad-winged Hawks were seen at the site of the Black-bellied Plover and
over Woodland Cemetery. Another migrant Merlin was reported at Courtcliffe
Park in Carlisle.  Common Nighthawks continue to filter through with reports
from Brantford, west of the Kenilworth traffic circle in East Hamilton, west
Burlington, Dundas and North Halton.  Olive-sided Flycatcher was reported
from the Kenilworth Access and Courtcliffe Park.  Chimney Swifts were on the
move in Dundas, and over Dickson School near Cambridge. Baltimore Orioles
were reported in numbers in yards in South Burlington, these will be scarce
soon.

That's it for this week, its going to be a great weekend to get out and
about.  Please report your sightings here!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC




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Subject: Rondeau PP warbler migration
From: RIC MCARTHUR <ricmcarthur AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:52:13 -0400
We had eleven species of warbler move through the yard of the cottage this
afternoon.
Blackburnian,magnolia,wilsons,tennessee,black and white,yellow,cape
may,redstart,nashville,blackpoll and pine.
We are close to the visitor centre in the park.
Ric

Take exit 101 off the 401 and follow the signs for Rondeau Provincial Park.

-- 
Ric McArthur PO Box B1   Morpeth, Ontario,Canada N0P 1X0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricmcarthur
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - August 28, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak <robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:10:44 -0400
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 August 28, 2014

The fall migration is well underway. Twenty three warbler and 4 vireo species 
were reported in the Ottawa area this week. Most of those species were found at 
the the Britannia Conservation Area (BCA) on Cassels St. The number and variety 
of shorebirds was significantly lower this week mostly due to the higher water 
level now covering the mudflats at the Shirleys Bay dyke. The Crysler lagoon 
(west of the St. Albert lagoon) has good habitat but had a small selection of 
shorebirds this week. 


The annual OFNC Seedathon, which raises money to supply bird seed at the OFNC 
public bird feeders during the winter was conducted from 4:30 am to 7:30 pm on 
August 24th. Three hardy birders walked 10 km and drove 288 km within the OFNC 
50 km birding circle to find 121 species. Highlights were COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (4) 
calling and booming before dawn and 37 migrants in two flocks at dusk, 
WHIP-POOR-WILL (12), VEERY (100+) and a few SWAINSON'S THRUSH heard overhead 
before dawn and a leucistic PURPLE FINCH on Rifle Rd. 


AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER (31) were found on the sod farms on the east side of 
Boundary Rd south of French Settlement Rd on the 27th. 


The most interesting passerine sightings were:
- YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were reported at the BCA on the 24th and at Andrew 
Haydon Park on the 24th and 25th 

- very early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were reported at the BCA ridge on the 22nd 
and 24th 

- CAROLINA WREN (juv) on Esquimault Ave on the 25th
- YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at the BCA and along the NCC trail #10 on the 22nd 
and at the BCA on the 24th 

- PHILADELPHIA VIREO at the BCA on the 26th

The most interesting shorebird sightings were:
- RUDDY TURNSTONE (juv) on the rocks along the Shirleys Bay dyke on the 23rd
- LONG-BILLED Dowitcher (1) was reported with STILT (1) AND BAIRD'S SANDPIPER 
at the Embrun lagoon on the 24th 

- BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (2) at the Crysler lagoon on the 28th

The most interesting waterfowl sightings were:
- RED-NECKED GREBE (2) on the Ottawa River from Jay St on the 24th
- NORTHERN SHOVELER (5) at the Embrun lagoons on the 24th

GREAT EGRET (12 adult and 12 juv) were seen on Conroy Island in the Ottawa 
River Deschenes Rapids on the 25th. There appears to be four active Great Egret 
nests on that island. 


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


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 28, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:11:20 -0400
After a few relatively quiet days at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, the 
recent cool front has brought in a wave of fall migrant birds, some of 
which may still be around for the Monarchs and Migrants weekend, at 
which there will be a bird banding demonstration (weather permitting), 
among other attractions.

There has been an increase in the number of dabbling ducks frequenting 
the natural beach and the shore of Gull Island, including more 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL than before and a few BLUE-WINGED TEAL.  Among the 
diving ducks in that area are the usual small group of REDHEADS, in 
which there has been a male SCAUP for a few weeks. One observer reported 
a RING-NECKED DUCK in that unusual location on August 24, two weeks 
earlier than the previous record early date. LONG-TAILED DUCKS have been 
there on three different days in the past week.   A real surprise was a 
RED-THROATED LOON that was photographed on August 23.  A GREEN HERON was 
near Owen Point and another was perched in a tree in the middle of a 
thicket half a kilometre from the lighthouse.  A BALD EAGLE flew over on 
August 22, and a few other hawks have been migrating this week, 
including both SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER'S HAWKS, and on two different 
days a BROAD-WINGED HAWK near the lighthouse, a species that usually 
avoids the lakeshore in favour of inland locations.

The focus of birding this week has been on shorebirds, of which 13 
species have been seen.  A WHIMBREL was seen on two different days, 
BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS are daily sightings, the first BUFF-BREASTED 
SANDPIPER of the season flew in and landed on Gull Island yesterday, and 
two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen this morning.  Not counted in the 
above total were AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, which were flushed at the 
lighthouse and on the Owen Point trail.  A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL that 
landed near the lighthouse this evening may be the first of the 
wintering birds of that species.

Seven COMMON NIGHTHAWKS migrated over the lighthouse yesterday evening.  
MERLINS have been seen at several locations, but most regularly along 
the beach and at Owen Point, where one was seen to catch a dragonfly, a 
rather less nutritious substitute for the shorebirds which it prefers.  
While the peak of the flycatcher migration appears to have already 
passed, they are by no means all gone.  OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were 
seen on August 24 and 28 and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER on August 25.  
Birders can certainly not forget that, two years ago today, a 
THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD was discovered and attracted mobs of birders for a 
few days.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO seen today was evidently the first of the season.  
A few PURPLE MARTINS are still lingering around the end of Bayshore 
Road.  A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was near the lighthouse today.  At least 
16 warbler species have been reported in the past week.  A CAPE MAY 
WARBLER was photographed on August 23, and an early PALM WARBLER was 
near Owen Point today.  The first NORTHERN PARULA of the season and 
several WILSON'S WARBLERS were also found today.
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted
at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting 
birds there.
Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

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


-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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Subject: NE shore Lake Erie 12 Shorebird sp., 10 Warbler sp.&Long-tailed Duck.
From: Marcie Jacklin <mjacklin AT brocku.ca>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:37:06 +0000
Hi

I'm forwarding this on Bill's behalf

Cheers
Marcie
Fort Erie
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on behalf of Bird observations from western New York 
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Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:26 PM
To: geneseebird.; DSuggs
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] NE shore Lake Erie 12 Shorebird sp., 10 Warbler 
sp.&Long-tailed Duck. 


August 27-At Rock Point Provincial Park there were 11 species of shorebirds 
including 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, and 5 Sanderlings. 
Also Bay-breasted Warbler, adult Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 5 Mute Swans, 
LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2,600 Double-crested Cormorants, 700 Common Terns, (Mohawk 
Island) Red-breasted Merganser, and Blackburnian Warbler. 


Two miles NW of Rock Point at Mosaic Ponds 5 Great Egrets (one with bright BLUE 
WING TAGS) a Pectoral Sandpiper and at Innophos ponds 13 Great Egrets. 


Of Highway 3 north on Erie Peat Road, at its end a walk into Wainfleet Bog 
resulted in eight warbler species including: Blackpoll Warbler, Wilson's 
Warbler, Black-and -white Warbler, and also juvenile Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 
and Eastern Towhee. 


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Subject: Blue-winged and other Warblers, etc. - Toronto Islands
From: Norm Murr <normurr AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:53:29 -0400
Today Ian Cannell and I Birded the Islands and though a so called cold front 
passed through it sure was hot down there. 


Following are some of the birds we found that most likely came in with the 
front as well as other expected birds. 


Great Egret, 5 Sharp-shinned Hawks and 3 Merlins flying west, the 2 resident 
Cooper’s Hawks, 7 Flycatcher species including 3 Olive-sided, 9 
Yellow-bellied and lots of Least Flycatchers, Carolina and House Wrens, 
Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireos, 10 Warbler species including Blue-winged, 
Wilson’s, Canada and Ovenbird and Scarlet Tanager. 


Hopefully they are the vanguard of a lot more to come.

DIRECTIONS TO THE TORONTO ISLAND FERRY DOCKS
TORONTO ISLANDS - SUMMER SCHEDULE
Note:- Fare :- Adults $7.00   -   Seniors / Students $4.50

If you are on the subway southbound get off at the TTC’s Union Subway 
Station, walk south on Bay Street (on the east side of the station) for about 1 
km to the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay and you are 
there. The entrance to the ferry docks (well signed) is on the west side of the 
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. 


To get to the Toronto Islands from the TTC’s Union Subway Station on the TTC 
you may transfer to the #6 or the #6A Bay St. TTC bus on Bay Street just 
outside of the east entrance to the GO Station. They both go down Bay Street to 
Queen’s Quay. Go passengers arriving by train or bus must pay a fare to use 
the TTC bus. 


For those who choose to head down to the docks on Sunday before the Subway 
opens at 9 a.m. you can catch the #97B Yonge St. Blue Night bus (Steeles Ave. 
To Queens Quay). This bus will let you off right across the street on Bay St. 
only steps from the ferry docks entrance. 


For ferry schedules - check - 
http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm 


You may also want to visit the TTC web page http://www.ttc.ca/ for trip 
planning assistance. 


If in an auto on the Gardener Expressway or on Lakeshore Blvd, then exit at Bay 
Street and drive south to Queen’s Quay, there are very few parking lots 
nearby (all for a fee). One of these parking lots is located just a block north 
on of the ferry docks on Bay St. 

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NOTE :- If you want to learn more about birding on the Toronto Islands you can 
access my Toronto Islands Birding And Site Guide on the OFO web site at:- 

http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.torontoislands

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada
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Subject: No White Ibis in Napanee
From: Sue Milks <sue.milks AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:45:50 -0400
Searched from 10:30 to about 1:00 at last reported location plus other places 
along creek, but no joy. At least one other area birder was also not 
successful. 


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Subject: Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Hamilton
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:37:35 -0400
About an hour and a half ago, I found a Buff-breasted sandpiper in Mount Hope, 
just south of Hamilton. The BBSA was located in the sod field at 433 Greens 
Road, just west of Mines Road. 


About 50 yards west of driveway #433, you'll see an area on the south side of 
the road where you can pull over with room for "maybe" 1 car. There's a piece 
of corrugated metal tubing there as a landmark. 


Look south to southwest for the bird. A scope is a pretty much a necessity. The 
field has a few rolls in it, so be patient as it moves in and out of view. 


It was moving around quite a bit, but was not really associating with the 
killdeer and starlings in the field. The bird was still there when I left about 
30 minutes ago. 


Directions: QEW to Hwy 403 westbound. Take the Highway 6 South/Garner's Road 
exit in Ancaster. Continue along for several kilometres, past the Hamilton 
airport, until you get to the stoplights at Hwy 6/Upper James. Turn right and 
head south on Hwy 6 for a couple of km and turn right on Haldibrook Rd. Then 
turn left on Mines Rd and then right on Greens Rd. 


David Pryor

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Subject: Re: White Ibis still being seen in Napanee, Aug 26th
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:27:48 -0400
Any reports of the White Ibis being seen today would be appreciated
Thank you

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

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 26, 2014, at 6:01 PM, Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS 
 wrote: 

> 
> Birders,
> 
> 
> At 5:05 PM, I got a text message from Elias Takacs advising me that the
> WHITE IBIS was still being seen, presumably in the same area it was
> previously reported.
> 
> Would be worth a check in the evening and tomorrow AM.
> 
> Directions. Get off the 401 at exit 579 and go south to Jim Kimmet blvd and
> turn right (west). Just before the Wal-mart there is a bridge over the
> creek. Park before the bridge but be sure not to block the fire hydrant.
> The bird was north of the bridge in the creek before the bend.
> 
> 
> Len Manning
> Hamilton, ON
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Subject: Sympatico Meltdown
From: "Mark Cranford \[Ontbirds\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:28:58 -0400
Ontbirders.

If you know any sympatico subscribers to Ontbirds could you let them 
know there are problems that we are working on. At least 500 sympatico 
subscribers refused Ontbirds messages this morning causing an 
unsubscription meltdown.  We are working on it but it may take awhile to 
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Subject: White Ibis still being seen in Napanee, Aug 26th
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:01:27 -0400
Birders,


At 5:05 PM, I got a text message from Elias Takacs advising me that the
WHITE IBIS was still being seen, presumably in the same area it was
previously reported.

Would be worth a check in the evening and tomorrow AM.

Directions. Get off the 401 at exit 579 and go south to Jim Kimmet blvd and
turn right (west). Just before the Wal-mart there is a bridge over the
creek. Park before the bridge but be sure not to block the fire hydrant.
The bird was north of the bridge in the creek before the bend.


Len Manning
Hamilton, ON
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Subject: white ibis at Napanee
From: Terry Sprague via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:28:10 -0400
A juvenile White Ibis was seen flying over the Napanee Walmart store at 6:30 
a.m. yesterday morning in the area of the creek that runs past the store. The 
bird was seen by Robert Lane (husband of wildlife artist Mia Lane). At 7:00 
a.m. this morning, Napanee resident and photographer Jeff Haffner saw the bird 
again at the creek, but the bird left before he was able to get his camera. 


Directions: The Napanee Walmart store is located right at the corner of 401 and 
Centre Street/Highway 41 exit (exit 579). 


Terry Sprague

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Subject: Great Egrets roosting at Lynde Shores (Whitby) and Ellacott Lookout (Hespeler)
From: "Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:26:53 -0400
Hi Ontbirders,

Last night from 1928 to 2026 hrs, I observed 8 egrets foraging at
Cranberry Marsh and then depart eastward toward their roost site, less
than  1 km away, on Lynde Creek. I was not able to watch them arrive at
Lynde Creek but have done so many times in the past and that is always
where they end up. The first egret flew off to the east, from Cranberry
Marsh, at 1956; the second left 7 minutes later. Five more left in ones
and twos between 2015 and 2019, all flying eastward. The last one
departed at 2026. There were no tagged egrets present. Sunset at Whitby
was shown to be (Google: Sunset Whitby ON) at 2008 hrs. Last evening was
warm and clear and the egrets demonstrated that, given the right weather
conditions, they may forage until well after sunset before heading to
roost. 

 

This morning, I was present at the Ellacott Lookout overlooking the
Speed River at Hespeler where 7 egrets were roosting directly out from
the Lookout; one was a blue-tagged bird but I was not able to read the
tag number.  The first bird left the roost at 0615 hrs (sunrise = 0638)
and all the rest left during 0624 - 0628.  Three of the 7 birds alighted
nearby and began actively feeding; the other 4 flew out of sight,
upriver. I would appreciate any help in reading the tag number, please.

 

Cheers,

Chip

 

Directions: Cranberry Marsh: From Toronto, take Hwy 401 east to Salem
Rd. (Exit 404), go south to Victoria (Bayly) St. and go left. Follow it
to Halls Rd. (if you get to the parking lot for the Lynde Shores
Conservation Area, you have gone too far). Turn right on to Halls Rd.
and drive until you come to a noticeable pull-off on the left with a
noticeable sign denoting access to the Marsh; there is a 2nd pull off
about 200m farther along the road. Walk east on the trail and you'll
come to an observation platform overlooking the marsh.

 

Ellacott Lookout: From Toronto, take Hwy 401 west to Exit 282 for
Hespeler; turn right and follow the signs for Queen St., turn right onto
it. Continue through the village and to 235 Queen St., which is the
address for the Lookout. There is a sheltered rest area there. The
egrets roost directly out from the Lookout, usually beyond the tall
grasses in the shallow water with surface vegetation. 

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Subject: Red Knot - Erie Beach, Ontario
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:51:51 -0400
Peter Yoerg just phoned to report a RED KNOT at Erie Beach, near Fort Erie,
Ont.  This is on Lake Erie, near the start of the Niagara River.  From the
corner of Lakeshore Road and Bardol Ave, proceed west on Lakeshore a short
distance and park near the end of the road.  Look for a large sign promoting
new homes in the area.  Head straight to the lake from the sign to the
broken-down pier.  The Knot was to the east of the pier.  You may have to
maneuver carefully through some grasses to avoid flushing the bird.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Wilson, NY

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Big Year List:
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Odenates: http://www.betsypottersart.com/willie-s-photos/dragonflies

 

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Subject: Red Knot - Erie Beach, Ontario
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:51:51 -0400
Peter Yoerg just phoned to report a RED KNOT at Erie Beach, near Fort Erie,
Ont.  This is on Lake Erie, near the start of the Niagara River.  From the
corner of Lakeshore Road and Bardol Ave, proceed west on Lakeshore a short
distance and park near the end of the road.  Look for a large sign promoting
new homes in the area.  Head straight to the lake from the sign to the
broken-down pier.  The Knot was to the east of the pier.  You may have to
maneuver carefully through some grasses to avoid flushing the bird.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

Wilson, NY

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Big Year List:
http://www.happtech.com/BigYearDanna/CurrentList/ShowCurrentListTable.aspx

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Subject: White Ibis in Napanee
From: Mike Burrell via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:50:24 -0400
Jeff Haffner found a young White Ibis this morning at 7 am in Napanee. I
arrived at 935 and found it in roughly the same location. However, while I
had my glasses off trying to get a phonescoped photo it disappeared. I
didn't see it move but when I couldnt find it in my scope and put my
glasses on I couldn't see it. I wasn't looking down for long so I don't
think it flew but rather walked around a bend in the creek and out of
sight. I did manag a couple photos that I will post on my blog when I get
home.

Directions. Get off the 401 at exit 579 and go south to Jim Kimmet blvd and
turn right (west). Just before the Wal-mart there is a bridge over the
creek. Park before the bridge but be sure not to block the fire hydrant.
The bird was north of the bridge in the creek before the bend.

Will post if I can refind it.

Good birding,

Mike Burrell
http://mikeburrell.blogspot.ca/
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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove Leamington-YES
From: Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:41:42 -0400
The Eurasian Collared-Dove found yesterday just east of Gorehill Public School 
on Seacliffe Drive east of Leamington is still in the same location this 
afternoon. I relocated the bird on the hydro wires here. It has flown into the 
backyard trees of a house but will hopefully stay around a while longer. Try 
scanning the wires in the vicinity. 


Jeremy 

Jeremy Bensette, Lindsey and Michelle Valliant and I are currently watching
a Eurasian Collard-Dove at the Gore Hill public school which is east of
Leamington on Seacliff drive east.

The bird has been near the baseball diamond and on the telephone wires
along Seacliff Drive.

Good luck!

Leamington


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Subject: Long Point Update - August 25. VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, PLEGADIS SP, LONG-TAILED JAEGER.
From: Stuart Mackenzie via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:52:15 -0400
Ontario Birders,

The Long Point Bird Observatory sightings board is updated to August 24 
http://www.birdscanada.org/longpoint/index.jsp?targetpg=lpbosight&lang=EN. 


Highlights from this past week include: Violet-green Swallow, Ash-throated 
Flycatcher, Plegadis sp, Long-tailed Jaeger and Dickcissel. 


Directions to Long Point are available here - 
http://www.birdscanada.org/longpoint/index.jsp?targetpg=lpbovisit&lang=EN 


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 
eBird or by sharing them with us at 
lpbo AT birdscanada.org. The Old Cut Research Station 
is open to the public every day until June 10. 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. 

Good birding,

Stu

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LPBO Program Manager
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Subject: Palgrave OFO Trip Aug. 24
From: dave milsom via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:55:47 -0400
35-40 keen birders enjoyed a great day's birding with warm, dry weather 
throughout. 

78 species were found, including 10 warbler species and 13 shorebird species.
Highlights : Baird's, Pectoral, Semipalmated, Least and Solitary sandpipers, 
American Golden, Black-bellied and Semipalmated plovers, Horned Larks at the 
Beeton sod farms; Caspian Tern, Wilson's Snipe, Merlin, Hooded Mergansers and 
Blue-winged Teal at the quarry ponds near Alliston; 5 Green Herons, 4 Common 
Gallinules at the pond on Humber Station Road; Virginia Rail, Golden-crowned 
Kinglet, Brown Creeper, both Nuthatches, Veery, Purple Finch, 10 Pine Warblers, 
Bay-breasted and Blackburnian warblers at Palgrave Conservation Area. 

A very congenial group were never lost, a major feat in itself, and the whole 
entourage was photographed and reported as to their exploits by the local 
Tottenham newspaper as we birded from the side of Tottenham road near the 11th 
line. 

Many thanks to co-leader John Schmefelske for his guiding.
Thanks also to Paul Prior for his noteworthy assistance.
 
Dave Milsom
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Subject: Common Nighthawks in Toronto's High Park
From: Emily Rondel via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:38:11 -0400
For the last week, I have been monitoring the Common Nighthawk migration
over High Park with the help of a few wonderful volunteers. We have had
decent numbers of Common Nighthawks every night, with a maximum observed
number of 250 on Thursday the 21st. Our smallest count was just 35
individuals on August 18th. Also observed are good nightly numbers of
Chimney Swifts, Barn Swallows etc.

This Monday the 25th of August, Bird Studies Canada and the High Park
Nature Centre will be hosting an open Nighthawk monitoring night.  Everyone
is welcome to join us on Hawk Hill in High Park, just north of the
Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. We'll begin around 6:00 pm. Bring a lawn
chair if you have one!

Inquiries can be directed to erondel AT birdscanada.org

Emily Rondel-Toronto Projects Coordinator-Bird Studies Canada

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Subject: Eurasian Collard-Dove near Point Pelee...
From: Steve Pike via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:02:09 -0400
Jeremy Bensette, Lindsey and Michelle Valliant and I are currently watching
a Eurasian Collard-Dove at the Gore Hill public school which is east of
Leamington on Seacliff drive east.

The bird has been near the baseball diamond and on the telephone wires
along Seacliff Drive.

Good luck!
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Subject: Long-tailed Jaeger,vanwagners beach
From: cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:58:50 -0400
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Subject: Reminder: OFO Convention Registration and Hotel Reservation
From: Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:30:11 -0400
Hello OFO Members and OntBirders,

The OFO Convention, September 26-28 in Ottawa is fast approaching! Please
remember to register at www.ofo.ca or by mailing in the registration form
you received with your April issue of Ontario Birds.

We have arranged for a special rate of $109  night at the Days Inn Ottawa
West and the Best Western Plus Ottawa / Kanata but this rate expires on
Monday - although we will try to get an extension.

It's a jam packed program and a great chance to discover the richness of
Ottawa birding!

Hope to see you there.

Lynne


Lynne Freeman, Chair OFO Convention Committee
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Subject: OFO Young Birders Shorebird Workshop - Aug 23
From: Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:22:14 -0400
Six expert young birders and their parents participated in today's
Shorebird Workshop led by Dave Milsom at Schomberg and the sod farms in the
surrounding area. Although there weren't big numbers of birds we did manage
to locate 12 shorebird species: many Killdeer, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, Least and Semi-palmated Sandpipers, several
Pectoral Sandpipers, a solitary Solitary Sandpiper, Black-bellied, Golden
and Semi-palmated Plovers and the highlight of the day - a Baird's
Sandpiper foraging in a field. We learned many of the finer points of
shorebird plumage, foraging habits and calls.

Although we didn't find a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, we had a great day and
several people notched up new life birds for their lists.

We finished the day at Palgrave Conservation Area and enjoyed the
wildflowers, the forest and the sounds of tree frogs, Red-Breasted
Nuthatches and pewees.

Please email me if you are interested in joining an OFO Young Birders
outing or volunteering with the program.

Lynne Freeman
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Subject: Presqu'ile Shorebirds & Red-throated Loon
From: Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:03:52 -0400
Shorebird habitat is excellent at Owen Point in Presqu'ile Provincial Park
near Brighton, but the total number and number of shorebird species (7) that
we saw today were lower than expected for this prime date in August. We saw
about 60 juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers, 40 juvenile Least Sandpipers, 3
molting adult Sanderlings, about 10 Semipalmated Plovers (adults and
juveniles), an adult Ruddy Turnstone, a Killdeer and 2 Spotted Sandpipers.
However, the shorebirds were tame allowing close views of intricate juvenile
plumages. Shorebirding should improve over the next few weeks because the
abundant decaying algae along the shoreline is full of fly larvae (a
shorebird favourite) and because the water level on Lake Ontario normally
continues to drop in August providing more muddy habitat. 

Our best bird was a Red-throated Loon close to shore near lookout #1 on the
Owen Point Trail. It was in poor condition with its feathers waterlogged,
but it was diving regularly. See photos in link.
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2014/rtloon.htm

Photos of adult and juvenile Semipalmated Plovers
http://www.jeaniron.ca/Shorebirds/2014/sepls.htm

For information on Southbound Shorebirds see link.
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.southboundshorebirds

Directions: Exit Highway 401 to Brighton and follow signs south to the park.
At the park gate (entry fee) ask for a park information guide with a map on
back page that shows the Owen Point Trail.

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto ON			


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Subject: 7 Common Nighthawks feeding over Navan, Ont
From: tom devecseri via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:59:01 -0400
HI
between 6 and 7 pm there were 7 Common  Nighthawks feeding over Navan, Ont
(corner of Colonial and Trim Roads).

(BTW I had Nighthawks over Navan on Aug 24th 2012. They are very consistent
with there migration timing over Navan)

if interested Photos on flickr at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/108593081 AT N02/

Tom Devecseri - Navan
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Subject: Juvenile long-tailed jaeger,van Wagners beach
From: cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:45:56 -0400
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Subject: Black-legged kittiwake,van Wagners beqch
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Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:51:34 -0400
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Subject: 24 Great Egrts roosting at Demorestville (Prince Edward County)
From: "Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:48:45 -0400
Hi Ontbirders,

 

Last night I was checking out the egret roost just west of Demorestville
in Prince Edward County and from 1848 to 1920 hrs and  counted 24 egrets
going to roost in the trees just beyond the standing water, including
blue wing-tagged egret # 94B. That egret was banded and tagged by us on
26 June 2014 at Nottawasaga Island near Collingwood and was too young to
fly at that time.

 

Directions: They are doing construction on the Hwy 14 bridge in
Demorestville, so previous directions I have posted have to be amended a
little. From Demorestville, take Hwy 15 north for a short distance to
the Gommorah Rd, turn left (west); this will take you to Hwy 14, where
you should turn right (also west) and go  1.0 km, or 0.4 km from house
#415 on Hwy 14. There will be a small cleared  opening in the cedar
trees to your left (and a metal fence post with a tennis ball on
it...and a fresh-looking  red and white "New Trespassing" sign. The
roost is in the extensive flooded woodlot beyond the pasture on the
other side of the wire fence; egrets often forage in the shallow water.
This is private property where  cows and a bull are often grazing but
the owners did remove a few trees at the viewing spot, so please be
respectful. Also, please report to me privately on the number of egrets
you see there and any band/tag numbers.

Thanks,

 

Chip

 

 

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 22nd, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:32:29 -0400
SNOWY OWL
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH

Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Egret
Osprey
Merlin
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Bairds Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonapartes Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Common Nighthawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Yellow-bellied FLycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Northern Waterthrush
Northern Parula
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart	
Magnolia Warbler
Canada Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Baltimore Oriole

Well the list is a little longer this week as more migrants are starting to
move with the cold fronts. 

Of interest this week the SNOWY OWL has continued to be seen off Eastport
Drive at Pier 25, sometimes sitting on the gray building across from the
trailer center, sometimes on the light standards and sometimes on a trailer
at the RV Sales Centre. The last report of the bird was onMonday. The bird
likely is still around. Be wary that the RV Centre where the bird has been
hanging out is under the watch of the Port Authority so it's best to see it
on Eastport otherwise you will be kicked out unless purchasing an RV.
Another good bird that usually goes undetected in fall migration is
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Edgelake Park in Stoney Creek. A Waterthrush was
heard chinking on the west side of the park along the creek. A close study
of it yielded Louisiana but a Northern Waterthrush was also seen later. Of
interest, especially for this birder was a sighting of a Northern Saw-whet
Owl which unfortunately hit a neighbours window. The bird recovered and
flew off but it took me by surprise that it was a Northern Saw-whet and not
the local Eastern Screech Owl. There are several theories as to whether it
bred in the area, just outside of the area or was a bird on migration from
further north. 

As has been the last few weeks, shorebirds are the bulk of the news.
Several places have been good for shorebirds in the area, North Island off
Eastport Drive, Tollgate Pond on Eastport past the lift bridge, Windermere
Basin and Red Hill Stormwater Ponds. The following have been seen at these
locations. Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Spotted, Solitary (Red
Hill), Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least, Bairds (reported
from North Island and Windermere), Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper (Red Hill)
and Short-billed Dowitcher. Townsend Sewage Lagoons which is just outside
the circle was host to a Red-necked Phalarope amongst other shorebirds
mentioned above. A check of the sod farms around Hamilton Airport yielded
three Black-bellied Plover on Haldibrook just west of Highway 6. These sod
farms should be more productive in the coming weeks.

The west end of the lake was quiet this week but Green-winged Teal, Common
Loons, an early Horned Grebe and Bonapartes Gull were some birds seen.
Last Monday a large chunky gray shorebird was probable juvenile Red Knot at
a distance flying east. All of the Common Terns seem to have cleared out,
there were a number of Caspian Terns along the shore of the lake and in
Windermere Basin.

The woodlots have been picking up with migrants starting to move through.
Some reports this week include a Northern Parula, Black-and-White Warbler
and Baltimore Oriole at Shoreacres in Burlington. Magnolia and Canada
Warbler were seen at Edgelake Park along with the waterthrushes and Canada
and Mourning Warbler at 40 Mile Creek in Grimsby last weekend. Other birds
seen in these parks that could be migrants or local breeders include Great
Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo and American
Redstart.  A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen at the Laking Garden at the
RBG and an Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen and photographed at Albion Falls
C.A. in Hamilton

In the odds and sods this week, ducks seen at Windermere Basin and Tollgate
Pond include Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Greater
and Lesser Scaup and Redhead. A Red-throated Loon was seen at Bronte
Harbour.  More Great Egrets are showing up at local wetlands. Up to three
have been seen at Windermere Basin, one seen at Red Hill Pond. Two were
seen at the stormwater ponds on the 407 at Britannia today. Please report
any with wing tags.Osprey numbers are continuing to grow, these birds have
had a great breeding season.  A migrant Merlin was a guest in a back yard in
Dundas. Sandhill Cranes with young were seen near Glen Morris at Grass
Lake.Common Nighthawks continue their movement south, I am sure these
numbers will pick up in the next couple of weeks.

It's going to be a great weekend to get out.  Check out your local woodlots
and continue to look for shorebirds.  Report your sightings here!

Cheers,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC 






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Subject: Lark Sparrow at Point Pelee
From: Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:03:18 -0400
Chris Gaffan and I just found a juvenile Lark Sparrow at Point Pelee. It is 
currently in the parking lot of The Tip. 


Point Pelee is located on Point Pelee Drive, slightly Southeast of Leamington 
in Essex County. 


Good birding! 

Jeremy Bensette and Chris Gaffan
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Subject: Two Snowy Egrets - Holiday Beach
From: Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:44:59 -0400
There are two Snowy Egrets at Holiday Beach Conservation Area.  One bird is
continuing to feed in the small pond to the south of the Hawk Tower and the
other just joined the large Great Egret roost in the trees to the west of
the tower.  Both birds were originally together in the small pond.

Good Birding!

Kory Renaud


Directions:

Holiday Beach Conservation area is located on County rd 50 in the Town
of Amherstburg in Essex County.   This is an Essex Region Conservation
Authority property and an entrance fee applies. Visit erca.org for
details.
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 22nd August 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:09:38 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

As well as an increase in shorebird activity, a few warbler species have
begun to come through the area. Highlights include; SANDHILL CRANE,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WILLET, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, EVENING GROSBEAK and a good movement of COMMON
NIGHTHAWK.

 

City of Kingston

Not a great deal happening within the city, though the 4 COMMON GOLDENEYE
reported earlier in the month are still present in Cataraqui Bay. As noted
elsewhere in the area on the same date, good numbers of COMMON NIGHTHAWK
(14) were seen at Reddendale on 19th. TENNESSEE and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS
have been seen returning through Marshlands CA but so far in very low
numbers. 

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

The highlight of the week was a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE present for
just 2 days (17-18th). With water levels still too high, the only other
shorebirds were a couple of LEAST SANDPIPERS and a few LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
However, 11 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen on 17th. Five NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 175
BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a BALD EAGLE (also noted at several other locations
this week) were observed on 19th. An impressive count of 19 COMMON NIGHTHAWK
was logged, also on 19th, with a further 8 in Amherstview itself. Please
note you must be a member of Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or obtain
permission from the municipality in order to gain access to the lagoons.

 

Wolfe Island

The island has held good numbers of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER this week with 17
noted on 4th Line on 19th. Nearby Reed's Bay held SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER on
17th and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on 18th. An estimated 2000 PURPLE MARTINS were
seen at a roost in Bayfield Bay (no public access) on 18th.

 

Prince Edward Point

Banding season has begun and whilst things are perhaps still a little slow
at the moment, the 7 BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHERS already banded this season
surpass previous records. A BREWSTER's WARBLER was banded last weekend with
CANADA, CAPE MAY and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS all noted amongst others.

 

Other Sightings

South-east of Napanee, along Wilton Creek, a juvenile WILLET reported early
this morning (22nd) was still present at lunchtime. Other shorebirds are
somewhat scarce at that location and a patrolling MERLIN is certainly not
helping the matter. North of Kingston, at Bedford Mills, an adult male
EVENING GROSBEAK came to a feeder on 18th but was too large to enter the
cage feeder and join the AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. A little further south, a
SANDHILL CRANE was again reported from the Elbow Lake Environmental
Educational Station on 19th. Across the border on Murray Isle, located
between Wellesley Island and Grindstone Island, a number of warblers were
seen on 21st including GOLDEN-WINGED (1), PRAIRIE (2), YELLOW-RUMPED (2) and
CANADA (1). Also seen was a single YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.

 

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: Re: 12 Great Egrets roosting at Minesing Swamp near Angus.
From: Ken Burrell via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:37:11 -0400
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Subject: Fwd: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Col. Samuel Smith Park, Toronto - Present Thursday evening
From: John Carley via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:55:51 -0400
To continue the thread,
> For those of you who are still hoping to see this bird it was present 
Thursday evening at the small pond to the east of the most southerly parking 
lot at Sam Smith park. 

> 
> Directions: Head south on Kipling Avenue from the Gardiner Expressway until 
you reach the parking lot at the south end of Kipling in Sam Smith park. Walk 
east from the parking lot to the viewing platform . 

> 
> Good luck
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Subject: 12 Great Egrets roosting at Minesing Swamp near Angus.
From: "Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:03:01 -0400
Hi Ontbirders,

 

Recalling that egrets were reported roosting at Minesing Swamp, NE of
Angus, last year, I went up there this evening to see if they could be
re-located. I drove north on McKinnon Road and just before reaching
Concession 2, there were 5 egrets (including a blue wing-tagged bird,
97Y) on the right in a slightly flooded field. I checked a few other
spots along the roads and returned to the field to find that the egrets
had left.  A fisherman said they had flown west. Just about this time,
7:15 PM, 2 egrets flew over going NW...they set their wings and glided
into a woodlot on the north side of Concession 2. I went to check them
out and sure enough, 6 egrets were perched in a stand of fairly mature
trees 100m north of Conc. 2. By 8:15, 6 other egrets arrived, including
2 more blue wing-tagged birds and had joined the group...but I could not
read the tag numbers.  Bird 97Y was banded by  us on 26 June 2014 at
Nottawasaga Island, near Collingwood; it was too young to fly when
banded. Ontbirders are reminded to check Great Egrets for wing-tags
(orange, green or blue) or red plastic leg bands. They are all marked
with number-number-letter combinations. Also, I am looking for a
volunteer, who might live near Minesing Swamp, to monitor egret numbers
at the roost once a week...please contact me privately.

 

Cheers,

 

Chip Weseloh

 

Directions: From Barrie, take Hwy 90 west towards Angus. Just before
reaching Angus, turn right (north) on McKinnon Rd. Stay on this road for
approx. 2.7 km until Concession 2 joins it from the left (west). Turn
left onto Conc.. 2 and go down about 0.4 km...search the trees to the
right. Tonight, some of  the egrets were in the roost at 7:20 PM, about
an hour before official sunset but it was quite overcast. As the evening
progressed from 7:20 to sunset, many of the egrets moved back farther
into the woodlot and were more difficult to see. Also, there is water
slowly flowing over Conc. 2 in2-3 spots but the road is navigable.  Good
luck. Try to read the tag numbers if you see any.

 

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Subject: : Magpies in Dryden
From: Tim McKillop via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:36:11 -0500
4 magpies have been seen making the rounds near Thunder Lake in Dryden. 

Location


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Subject: night hawks at Thomasburg
From: Cath Stewart via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:38:59 -0700
Appx 9 nighthawks flew overhead near the Moira River at Lost Channel Rd. & Old 
Hungerford Road 

Cathie Stewart
Stirling, ON
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Subject: Nighthawks and Flying Ants - Scugog
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:54:42 -0400
From about 5:30 until 7:15 p.m. tonight hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls swarmed 
over my house, flycatching the millions of “flying” ants that emerged 
today. Joining them were at least 46 Common Nighthawks (for about 10 minutes 
only), and a few Baltimore Orioles and Cedar Waxwings. 


This spectacle is amazing to watch as the birds wheeled, fluttered and dove 
overhand in pursuit of these tiny morsels. I’m not sure of the species of ant 
involved and if any entomologists out there can help, could you pls email me 
privately? 


It’s never boring up here in the hinterland. This sighting took place near 
Lakeridge and Reach in Scugog Twp.. 



Geoffrey Carpentier
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - August 21, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:37:14 -0400
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 August 21, 2014

The early fall migration appears to be well underway. Increasing numbers of 
warblers, vireos, flycatchers and the first diving ducks have been reported 
this week. COMMON NIGHTHAWK are now moving through our area earlier than usual. 


Small mixed flocks of warblers and vireos have been reported from many 
locations including the Britannia Conservation Area, Shirleys Bay woods and 
dyke and Rockcliffe Park. Numbers of NASHVILLE, BLACK-AND-WHITE, PINE, 
TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, YELLOW-RUMPED, YELLOW, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN 
REDSTART with smaller numbers of CANADA, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BAY-BREASTED and a very few NORTHERN PARULA, 
BLACKBURNIAN, and WILSON'S WARBLERS were reported. 

Numbers of RED-EYED, WARBLING and a few PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were also reported. 
A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was found in the Richmond area on the 17th. 


Single YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were found at Shirleys Bay on the 18th and 
21st and at Rockcliffe Park on the 21st. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at 
Rockcliffe Park on the 21st. 


The number of shorebirds present during this last week was variable but the 
best locations continue to be the Shirleys Bay mudflats and the Crysler lagoon 
(previously reported as the St. Albert west lagoons) which is just west of the 
St. Albert lagoons accessed by taking Finch Cambridge Boundry Rd east from hwy 
12 just north of Crysler. The South Nation River falls in Crysler (take Second 
St west from hwy 12) are always worth checking for very close views of 
shorebirds. 


At Shirleys Bay there were COMMON GOLDENEYE (1 f) on the 16th, RED-NECKED GREBE 
(2) on the 17th, RUDDY TURNSTONE (1 juv) on the 15th and on the 21st LESSER 
SCAUP (2). LESSER SCAUP (3) were also found on the Moodie Dr quarry pond on the 
20th. At the Casselman lagoon there was a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (f) on the 19th. 

Also on the 19th on Conroy Island in the Ottawa River Deschenes Rapids there 
were a remarkable 51 juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS with 9 GREAT EGRETS. A 
flock of 21 DOWITCHERS was reported circling briefly over the Richmond lagoons 
on the 20th. 


COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported from a number of locations including 24 over 
Shirleys Bay on the 17th and 80+ over Pakenham on the 19th.  


A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was observed from hwy 29 just east of Almonte on the 
19th. 


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


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Subject: Night hawks - Brighton
From: Joan Kelbrick via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:26:12 -0400
Six Night Hawks flew south over Brighton around6:30PM August 21, 2014.

A lovely sighting!

Joan
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 21, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:30:42 -0400
Birds are on the move!  A dramatic turnaround occurred at Presqu'ile 
Provincial Park last weekend as shorebirds and "dickey birds" that had 
delayed their arrival suddenly began offering treats to birders.  Since 
then, the typical pattern has been to stumble upon a mixed flock of 
small birds and then encounter no more anywhere nearby.

Again this week a SCAUP accompanied the REDHEADS that frequent the north 
shore of Gull Island.  Each year at this time, frogs abound on the trail 
near Owen Point, and again this year both AMERICAN BITTERN and GREEN 
HERON have been flushed from that trail after presumably having been 
attracted there by the frogs.  A BALD EAGLE was seen on August 16, and 
subsequently a NORTHERN HARRIER was seen and a few SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS 
were migrating on August 17.

The newly developed algae flats at Owen Point and along the shore north 
of there have attracted good numbers of shorebirds.  Others can be 
spotted on Gull Island with the help of a spotting scope. Some of the 
highlights of the past week have been up to four BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS  
and a similar number of RUDDY TURNSTONES.  A RED KNOT was on Gull Island 
on Sunday and three unbanded birds of that species were at beach 3 this 
afternoon.  A few SANDERLINGS, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and a few 
BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS have also been present.  Although rare, BUFF-BREASTED 
SANDPIPERS show up every year in late August and may be expected soon.  
Perhaps the highlight of the shorebird sightings was a RED-NECKED 
PHALAROPE on Gull Island on August 15.

Two BONAPARTE'S GULLS were on the beach today.  A lethargic adult GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED GULL that was present for three days may have succumbed to 
botulism, as many others of that species have done in previous years.  A 
COMMON NIGHTHAWK was migrating over the lighthouse on August 18.  There 
have been a few MERLIN sightings and one of a PEREGRINE FALCON, both of 
which commonly patrol the beach in shorebird season.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on August 17 in a mixed flock of 
warblers and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS.  The latter have appeared in 
several locations this week.  A COMMON RAVEN, the first since spring, 
flew over on August 18.  The warbler migration began in earnest on the 
weekend.  On August 17 a female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER appeared outside a 
birder's kitchen window to begin a day on which someone else saw a 
"BREWSTER'S" WARBLER at the lighthouse.  On the following day a closely 
related BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was there. Among other warbler species noted 
this week were NASHVILLE, BAY-BREASTED, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, as 
well as three CANADA WARBLERS at one location.
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted
at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting 
birds there.
Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

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


-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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Subject: Violet-green Swallow and Dickcissel - Long Point - August 21 2014
From: Stu Mackenze via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:13:13 -0400
Good afternoon,

 

This morning while conducting the daily census at the Long Point Bird
Observatory's Old Cut Research Station I observed a stunning Violet-green
Swallow foraging at tree top height above the infamous Old Cut parking lot.
The bird was observed for about 10 seconds before disappearing behind some
trees to the west. 

 

The rare bird report is available here -
https://anousbirding.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/obrc_vgsw_21august2014.pdf

 

About 45 minutes later a Dickcissel flew west overhead calling regularly.

 

Good birding,

 

Stu 

 

 

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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

www.motus-wts.org 

 

 

 

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