Ottawa/Gatineau 14Jan02 Gyrfalcon (No), Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Harlequin Duck

Gordon Pringle parula at
Thu Jan 17 12:47:29 EST 2002


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 14 January 2002
* ONOT0101.14

- Birds mentioned

Wood Duck
American Black Duck
American Wigeon
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Gray Partridge
Ruffed Grouse
Snowy Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Horned Lark
Common Raven
Bohemian Waxwing
European Starling
Fox Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 14 January 2002
number: 613-860-9000
to report: 819-827-8752
coverage: Ottawa/Hull (Can. National Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
compilers  : Bev McBride  bmcbride at
            : Dave Moore  mooredw at
            : Colin Bowen  colin.bowen at
            : Chris Lewis  weewa at
transcriber: Michelle Martin  PMMartin at
internet   : Gordon Pringle  parula at


This is Chris Lewis reporting.

There have been no reports of the GYRFALCON near Carp since January
8, but the Carp area has been good for other birds such as LAPLAND
LONGSPURS - at least 2 were seen yesterday in a manure-spread field
at the corner of Donald B. Munro and Old Coach Rd.  They were with
a large flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

An unusual number of Brown-headed Cowbirds for January were in the
Casselman area 2 days ago; approximately 60 cowbirds were among the
Starlings at the corner of Lebrun Rd. and Route 500 between
Casselman and Embrun.

The female HARLEQUIN DUCK is being seen almost daily on the Rideau
River between Strathcona Park and the Tennis Club, with large
numbers of American Black Ducks and Mallards and a few Common
Goldeneye.  Late-lingering ducks in this location are 2 Wood Ducks,
a Lesser Scaup, and an American Wigeon.

Many Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks are being seen hunting in
rural areas, and 2 Peregrine Falcons were on the Crowne Plaza Hotel
on the afternoon of the 12th.  A Peregrine was also seen along
Eagleson Rd. the same day.

A flock of about a dozen Gray Partridges were discovered yesterday
behind 331 Sandhill Rd. at Klondike Rd. in Kanata.  The birds may be
sheltering under the spruce trees near the property; please do not
disturb the residents.  Ruffed Grouse have been hard to find this
winter, however they have been seen in the Shirley's Bay area near
Lois Ave. over the past couple of days.

There are several Snowy Owls in the area which appear to have
committed themselves to certain locations:  the fields northeast of
Fallowfield and Greenbank Rds, and the Eagleson and Fallowfield area
in the west end, as well as east of Ottawa near the weigh-station on
Highway 417 east of Casselman, and along North Russell Rd.
approximately 10 km north of Russell.

An extremely late Belted Kingfisher was seen on January 12 at a
stream at River Rd. north of Leitrim, south of the Ottawa airport.

The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is still coming to the feeder at 695
Golden Line Rd. near Carleton Place.  It is most often seen around
9:00 AM.  The female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER is still in the River
Rd. area west of Kanata, usually on the east side of the road or
along the eastern trail.

Between 8 - 10 Common Ravens have been seen along Range Rd. and the
4th Line of Kanata over the past several days, and early courtship
behaviour has been observed.  Ravens nested in several urban
locations last year.

The CAROLINA WREN at 868 Acadian Gardens in Orleans continues to
visit the backyard feeders.  Birders are welcome, but be advised
that the bird is not consistent as to when it visits the feeders.

Small numbers of Bohemian Waxwings have been widely reported.  The
Fox Sparrow was not seen at the Jack Pine Trail yesterday, but it
may still be present.  There were half a dozen very approachable
Pine Grosbeaks on the Jack Pine Trail.  And a very large flock of
Evening Grosbeaks were visiting feeders at 479 Clarence-Cambridge Rd
west of Champlain Rd. in the Larose Forest.

If you have information you would like to share with the Bird Status
line, please call 819-827-8752.  This should be a local call from
most parts of Ottawa.  Leave your name, phone number and details of
the sightings, including date and location, numbers of individuals,
and any other pertinent facts. If you would like more information on
the club and its activities, please call 722-3050 or visit

Thank you, good birding.

- End transcript

Gordon Pringle <parula at>

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