2008 Fall Bird Count

Courtcliff Park; Rock Chapel Sanctuary; Waterworks Park; Joe Sams Park; Shell Park; Green Lane Wetland; Brantford and Tom Howe (Hagersville) Landfills; Six Nations I.R.; 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 2, 2008: 12:00am-1:00am, 2:45am-5:15pm. Weather: Temperature -4 to -2 ?C at dawn increasing to a high varying from 6-8 ?C. Mostly clear skies in most areas the whole day. No precipitation. Visibility at Lake Ontario good. Winds very light at dawn, increasing to 25km/hr by mid-morning with gusts to 35km/hr from the E. Winds diminishing somewhat in the late afternoon. 127 observers in 61 parties. Total party hours: 408.8.

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 followed by 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 for the Ontario Bird Records Committee.

Snow Goose 1; Brant 4; Cackling Goose 4; Canada Goose 13,004; Mute Swan 159; Trumpeter Swan 95 (52-07); Tundra Swan 7; Wood Duck 110 (85-97); Gadwall 409; American Wigeon 77; American Black Duck 337; Mallard 4,716; Northern Shoveler 107; Northern Pintail 67; Green-winged Teal 575; Canvasback 308 (236-06); Redhead 148; Ring-necked Duck 405; Lesser Scaup 4,787; Greater Scaup 7,693; Surf Scoter 222; White-winged Scoter 490; Black Scoter 128; Oldsquaw (Long-tailed Duck) 26,613; Bufflehead 1,015; Common Goldeneye 768; Hooded Merganser 267; Common Merganser 124; Red-breasted Merganser 922; Ruddy Duck 948 (712-02); Ring-necked Pheasant 1; Ruffed Grouse 3; Wild Turkey 89; Red-throated Loon 12; Common Loon 16; Pied-billed Grebe 7; Horned Grebe 1 (low)(1-94); Red-necked Grebe 32; Double-crested Cormorant 258; Great Blue Heron 90; Black-crowned Night-Heron 7; Turkey Vulture 26; Osprey 3 (3-98,07); Bald Eagle 4 (4-96,05,06,07); Northern Harrier 35; Sharp-shinned Hawk 40 (38-07); Cooper’s Hawk 27; Red-shouldered Hawk 4; Red-tailed Hawk 320; Rough-legged Hawk 4; Golden Eagle 3; American Kestrel 35; Merlin 5; Peregrine Falcon 4; American Coot 128; Sandhill Crane 8; Black-bellied Plover 1; Killdeer 302; Greater Yellowlegs 12; Lesser Yellowlegs 1; Least Sandpiper 4; Pectoral Sandpiper 1; Dunlin 13; Wilson’s Snipe 15; American Woodcock 2; Bonaparte’s Gull 9; Ring-billed Gull 13,572; Herring Gull 1,634; Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; Glaucous Gull 1; Great Black-backed Gull 27; Rock Pigeon 2,577; Mourning Dove 1,399; Eastern Screech-Owl 15; Great Horned Owl 4; ….