Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Personal fall count results!

Dave Bell and I tackled Windemere Basin to LaSalle Park in Burlington for the Hamilton Fall Bird Count on Nov 4th...

Some highlights: lots of ducks, grebes, White-winged Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Eastern Towhee, 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons, etc

The bird of the day was spotted by Dave at LaSalle Park - an American Redstart! Even more unusual was the fact it was in a garden shrub in front of the pavilion...

We tried to twitch the Western Tanager found by Cheryl Edgecombe and Rob Dobos, but failed.... Also tried to poach some pelagics at VWB and failed... Ah well - the Chili was delicious as usual afterwards!!

Ebird list totals:

Canada Goose 186
Mute Swan 30
Trumpeter Swan 28
Gadwall 8
American Black Duck 68
Mallard 427
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
Northern Shoveler 44
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 43
Canvasback 25
Redhead 57
Ring-necked Duck 45
Greater Scaup 653
Lesser Scaup 108
White-winged Scoter 17
Long-tailed Duck 2
Bufflehead 146
Common Goldeneye 38
Hooded Merganser 33
Common Merganser 9
Red-breasted Merganser 140
Ruddy Duck 433
Common Loon 2
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 4
Red-necked Grebe 6 fall count - ad's and juv's
Double-crested Cormorant 43
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 adult perched on tree on SE corner of bay (near steel mills) early in the am
Red-tailed Hawk 12
American Coot 45
Ring-billed Gull 1086
Herring Gull 147
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Rock Pigeon 95
Mourning Dove 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon 2 lift bridge pair
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Horned Lark 2
Black-capped Chickadee 35
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
American Robin 29
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 24000 coming from the skyway bridge roost, apparently missed by the people in that area (pers comm) so added here
American Pipit 7
Cedar Waxwing 64
American Redstart 1 female spotted by Dave Bell in front of the pavillion at Lasalle Park - in a decorative garden shrub!
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1 Windemere Basin - male
American Tree Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 9
Northern Cardinal 4
Purple Finch 1
House Finch 2
White-winged Crossbill 1 perched in spruce on NE corner of bay - male
Pine Siskin 8
American Goldfinch 39
Evening Grosbeak 1 flyover male at Windemere Basin
House Sparrow 37

73 species!!!


Some awesome ebird rarity photos... A lot of these birds could very very easily be related to Superstorm Sandy and her massive wind field bringing birds from far and wide in many directions:

Our Ross's Goose in ON:


Cory's Shear on shore in RI:


Lapwings in MA:


Brown Pelican in MO:


Ash-throated Fly in MA:


Lapwing in MAINE! :


Black-headed Gull in MD:


Franklin's Gull in NJ:


2 Black Skimmers in Pittsburgh, PA - only 230kmh DUE SOUTH of the tip of LONG POINT!!


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