Ottawa/Gatineau 29Jan02 Northern Hawk Owl, Barrow's Goldeneye, Gray Partridge, Boreal Chickadee

Gordon Pringle parula at
Sun Jan 20 22:16:21 EST 2002


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 29 January 2002
* ONOT0101.20

- Birds mentioned

American Black Duck
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Horned Lark
Carolina Wren
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Bohemian Waxwing
Northern Shrike
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 29 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, as of 7:00 PM.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL is being seen regularly on the Quebec side
between Luskville and Quyon.  Take Hwy 148 west past Luskville and
look for Cochrane Rd. on your left (2 intersections past the sign to
Ste-Cecile-de-Masham).  Go south on Cochrane towards the river.
Cochrane bends right and becomes River Rd.  The owl was seen today
in the fields at 4070 River Rd.  It was also seen earlier last week
farther west at 4130 River Rd.

Yesterday the 19th, two BOREAL CHICKADEES were in the spruce trees
on the right-hand side of the trail which runs east off River Rd.
(the River Rd. in Kanata, NOT Quebec....there are too many "River
Rd.'s" in the Ottawa-Gatineau area!).  Another BOREAL CHICKADEE was
found today along the Steel Line in Quebec, among a mixed flock of
Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Evening Grosbeaks and
other passerines.

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was on the Ottawa River at Remic Rapids on
Friday the 18th, and an American Wigeon was on the Ottawa River
today at the Deschenes Lookout where the Black Ducks and Mallards
are being fed. 22 GRAY PARTRIDGES were seen on the 19th at the
corner of Sandhill and Klondike Rd.'s in Kanata near the row of
spruce trees at the back of the property at 351 Sandhill.  Please do
not enter the property; however, there is a small Baptist Church on
Klondike and the birds were seen from behind the church parking lot.
There are no feeders on the property, and it is likely that the
spruce trees and cedar hedges offer the only good cover for these
birds in the mostly open surrounding fields.

Two Bald Eagles, an adult and an immature, were found today along
Lac-des-Loup Rd. north of Quyon and along the Steel Line Rd. in
Quebec, as well as a Northern Shrike along the Steel Line.  In
Ontario, a Bald Eagle was being chased by crows at Britannia on the
19th, and Northern Shrikes have been seen on Bowesville Rd. south of
the airport as well as on Pleasant Park near Fairbanks in Alta
Vista.  A Peregrine Falcon was on the east side of the R.H. Coats
building at Tunney's Pasture today.

After almost a week's absence, the Carolina Wren at 868 Acadian
Gardens in Orleans returned on the 19th, and was active at the
feeders again.  The Sharp-shinned Hawk also continues to be active
at these feeders and several bird-kills have been noted, but the
wren has so far escaped this persistent little predator.

A flock of 75 Bohemian Waxwings was reported from Moodie Dr. and
Carling Ave. on the 19th and today there was a total of
approximately 50 Bohemians along the lower Aylmer Rd. in Quebec,
west of the Champlain Bridge.

The 60 Brown-headed Cowbirds between Casselman & Embrun were still
present in a trailer park along Route 500 today.  At least two
Lapland Longspurs were in a fresh manure-spread in a field along
Donald B. Munro west of Old Coach Rd. along with approximately 150
Horned Larks and a dozen Snow Buntings.

Both the Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Savannah Sparrow are still
coming to the feeders on 170 Oakridge Blvd. in Nepean as of January

[Transcriber's Note: The Brown Thrasher at the Hilda Rd. feeders
near Shirley's Bay and the Hermit Thrush at the Duck Club feeders on
the 4th Line of Kanata near Riddell Rd. were still present on
January 18th and 19th.]

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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