Just posted this on the Hamilton list, and decided to copy/blog it too (easy) ....
Apologies for a non sighting, but I thought this may be of interest to Hamilton birders... Cave Swallows are currently being seen throughout the great lakes (probably "arriving" several days ago on excellent conditions), but are now "on the doorstep". IF the winds are southerly (without the fog of today), history has shown that this would be an excellent chance to see this species along the south shore of the lake.
My goal for tomorrow morning is to watch from the NE corner of Fifty Point C.A. in Grimsby, starting fairly early (good for waterbirds) and will have fingers crossed for some CASW before the rains hit... After this, winds will switch to the north or NW, which would diminish hopes of a flight here... If you're interested in giving it a try, the more eyes the better here! (Just remember, this is not a sure thing!) I have had success in the past at other vantage points along the lake like Fruitland Rd, Green Rd. and Sayer's Park.
As a side note, it will be very interesting to see if a future weather system being dubbed "Frankenstorm" will have any effect on Ontario around (or after) Halloween, but we're too far away to know right now.
Congrats to Tim Baerwald et al who picked up the first 50dor CASW today! And to Jen Brumfield who nailed an epic bird today with a Say's Phoebe...