"They're not used to looking for a car or a truck coming"
, says terrestrial ecologist.
"If you happen to see a snowy owl, that's just good fortune"
, says Bruce Mackenzie of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club.
What appears to be an earlier than usual arrival from their Arctic breeding ground, is not good fortune for the owl.
"Snowy owls arrive in Hamilton area, but bad fortune is waiting"
The National Audubon Society wonders … Continue Reading ››
We had a wonderful outing to the heronry between Speyside and Campbellville. On the way, I saw a Black-billed Cuckoo flying across the road. Sadly, we could not stop quickly enough for everyone to get a good look at this bird.
We went on to Laurie and Judith Reed’s property and made ourselves at home on their barn balcony, overlooking the hundred-acre swamp. There were 17 active Great Blue Heron nests, most with fuzzy young and one adult tending … Continue Reading ››
Bird Studies Canada is conducting SwiftWatch
, a long-term monitoring program, with the goal of raising awareness about chimney swifts, a species that has declined by 95% since 1968.
You can help by volunteering with the Halton SwiftWatch Program
, where you will be assigned to a known roost site, and will spend one to four evenings (about 8 to 9pm) in the spring … Continue Reading ››
January 26, 2017
Sedgewick Park, Oakville
Suncor Woods, Oakville
Woodlawn Cemetery, Burlington
LaSalle Marina, Burlington
Don Scallen, Archie Tannock, Fiona Reid, Tanya Pico, Yves Scholten, Alexis Buset, Gary Hall and Ian Jarvie
The weather for this year’s outing, while it was not cold for this time of year, was drizzly and damp, with mist and fog, quite thick in places. Despite that, we had a very productive day, with some particularly notable sightings.
The first stop was at Sedgwick Park where we saw the resident Yellow-rumped Warblers … Continue Reading ››
A year or so ago I moved into the modern age and started to use an online resource called eBird to log my bird sightings. eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is essentially a database where individuals worldwide record their sightings of birds. To date, thousands of birders worldwide have logged millions of sightings since its inception in 2002.
Individually, it provides an … Continue Reading ››
Hello SwiftWatch Volunteers
The chimney swifts have arrived back in Halton, and with that marks the start of the 2016 SwiftWatch season. This year, the National Roost Monitoring Blitz is on May 21, May 25, May 29, June 2 and 6
. If you're available on one or or more of these days, your observations are important to the protection of this species at risk. Additionally, if you see swifts or identify chimneys being used please let me know for … Continue Reading ››
Attention: Jill Van Niekerk, Superintendent of Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park contains many hectares of old field habitat, resulting from the abandonment of agricultural land. These expansive meadows provide habitat to a diversity of flora and fauna including a number of species at risk.
Meadowlarks (threatened) nest here. Bobolinks (threatened) use the extensive old field habitat for foraging before fall migration. Bank Swallows (threatened), nest in adjacent quarry operations and forage over the meadows. Monarch … Continue Reading ››
The Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club is concerned with the Ministry of the Environment's proposed amendment to exempt reflective surfaces of buildings from having to obtain an Environmental Compliance Approval.
Surely the Ministry of the Environment is well aware of the tremendous number of birds that die or suffer injury after colliding with windows. The toll is well documented. The Fatal Light Awareness Project estimates that 9 million birds die in Toronto alone after flying into buildings. Extrapolate … Continue Reading ››
Bird Studies Canada
is conducting SwiftWatch
, a long-term monitoring program, with the goal of raising awareness and helping species recovery.
You can help by:
- Reporting swift sightings so we know where birds are flying during the day/evening
- Locating roost sites by observing swifts entering chimneys at dusk (8-9:15PM)
- Volunteering with the Halton SwiftWatch Program where you will be assigned to a known roost site, and will spend one to four evenings … Continue Reading ››
by W. D. McIlveen -
In contrast to the weather experienced for the 2013 Christmas Bird Count in the aftermath of the ice storm that year, the weather for the 24th annual Christmas Bird Count on December 27, 2014 was quite delightful. Although there was a very brief light shower around noon, the lack of snow made for excellent survey conditions. The temperatures that got to approximately 10C in the afternoon were probably the second highest in the 24 years that … Continue Reading ››