2007 Fall Bird Count

Courtcliff Park; Rock Chapel Sanctuary; Gage Park, Lion’s Valley Park, Waterworks Park; Joe Sams Park; Shell Park; Green Lane Wetland; Brantford and Tom Howe (Hagersville) Landfills; Beverly Swamp; Hamilton Harbour; Windermere Basin; Mill, Milton Town & Tollgate Ponds; Smithville, Grimsby and Cainsville Sewage Ponds; Borers, Spring Valley, Stoney, Bronte, and Oakville Creek ravines; Red Hill, Dundas and Hendrie Valleys; and the Grand River from Cayuga to Cambridge.

Sunday, November 4, 2007: 2:45am-5:30pm. Weather: Temperature 2 C at dawn to a high varying from 9-12 C. Partly to mostly overcast in the morning, becoming mostly sunny later in the day. No precipitation. Visibility at Lake Ontario good. Winds very light at dawn, increasing to 15km/hr, WNW in the afternoon. 133 observers in 66 parties. Total party hours: 425.6.

Species: Underlined totals represent record-high numbers, except when indicated as record-low. Numbers in brackets following underlined totals give the previous high (or low) count and the year(s). Underlined species require documentation for the Hamilton Bird Records Committee either as date or geographic rarities (see Date Guide to the Birds of the Hamilton Area). Species in bold require documentation to the OBRC.

Brant 1; Canada Goose 13,687 (13,071-02); Mute Swan 139; Trumpeter Swan 52 (33-06)(now officially counted); Tundra Swan 32; Wood Duck 78; Gadwall 303; American Wigeon 304; American Black Duck 389; Mallard 5,716; Blue-winged Teal 3; Northern Shoveler 133; Northern Pintail 87; Green-winged Teal 895; Canvasback 17; Redhead 93; Ring-necked Duck 708; Lesser Scaup 597; Greater Scaup 1,702; King Eider 1; Harlequin Duck 1; Surf Scoter 274; White-winged Scoter 807; Black Scoter 125; Oldsquaw (Long-tailed Duck) 105,432 (102,837-06); Bufflehead 1,068; Common Goldeneye 160; Barrow’s X Common Goldeneye 1 (hybrid); Hooded Merganser 307; Common Merganser 129; Red-breasted Merganser 3,380; Ruddy Duck 491; Ruffed Grouse 1 (low) (1-92,01,04,06); Wild Turkey 94 (47-06); Red-throated Loon 18; Common Loon 28; Pied-billed Grebe 46 (32-96); Horned Grebe 27; Red-necked Grebe 50; Eared Grebe 1; Double-crested Cormorant 675 (542-02); Great Blue Heron 145 (123-97); Great Egret 1; Cattle Egret 2 (BCh); Black-crowned Night-Heron 7; Turkey Vulture 116; Osprey 3 (3-98); Bald Eagle 4 (4-96,05,06); Northern Harrier 19; Sharp-shinned Hawk 38 (31-00); Cooper’s Hawk 40 (22-04); Northern Goshawk 2; Swainson’s Hawk 1 (BCh); Red-tailed Hawk 493; Rough-legged Hawk 10; Golden Eagle 1; American Kestrel 51; Merlin 7; Peregrine Falcon 5; American Coot 1,250; Sandhill Crane 2; Killdeer 154; Greater Yellowlegs 27; Lesser Yellowlegs 14; Pectoral Sandpiper 3; Dunlin 4; Wilson’s Snipe 43; Jaeger sp. 1; Bonaparte’s Gull 22; Ring-billed Gull 16,115; Herring Gull 980; Lesser Black-backed Gull 1;….