Ottawa/Gatineau 28Apr02 Black Vulture

Gordon Pringle parula at
Thu May 2 15:04:31 EDT 2002


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 28 April 2002
* ONOT0204.28

- Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Great Horned Owl
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Rusty Blackbird
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 28 April 2002
number: 613-860-9000 press 2
to report: 613-860-9000 press #
coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
compilers  : Bev McBride  bmcbride 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. A week of generally cold weather with
strong winds and a shocking snow storm today brought in few bird
reports but there were several highlights.  At 11:30 am on Saturday
April 27, a BLACK VULTURE flew over the Mer Bleue boardwalk parking
lot at the east end of Ridge Rd.  This is the third Ottawa record
for this species.

Today, the 28th, the Winchester and Chesterville sewage lagoons
south of Ottawa each hosted a male Surf Scoter.  At Chesterville
there was also a pair of Ruddy Ducks, 21 Lesser Yellowlegs and 2
Greater Yellowlegs.  Ruddy Ducks were also reported from the Alfred
lagoons on the 25th, as well as Common Moorhens, American Coots,
several Gadwall and good numbers of other common puddle ducks.  A
flock of over 2000 Snow Goose were approximately 1 km south of
Alfred on the 25th as well.

An Osprey was fishing at Mud Lake at Britannia on the 28th.  Merlin
displays and possible breeding activities have been reported this
week from Brown's Inlet in the Glebe, Carling and Island Park near
the Experimental Farm, as well as in the Carlingwood area on the
23rd.  A Great Horned Owl in the Britannia Conservation area was
roosting in the same White Pine where it was found one week ago,
near the southwest corner of the pond.

This morning, before the snow storm, 2 Upland Sandpipers were
discovered on Campbell Rd west of Montague Boundary Rd.

A Brown Thrasher was seen a Clyde Ave woods and several Hermit
Thrushes, at least a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few Pine
Warblers were present in the Britannia Conservation Area on the
27th.  Palm Warblers were found at Britannia on the 24th and the
27th. Large numbers of Rusty Blackbirds were at Britannia on the
27th and there were 40 Rusty Blackbirds along Twin Elm Rd on the

Going back to the 25th  a Pine Siskin and 3 Evening Grosbeaks were
still coming to a feeder at 1135  Quigley Hill Rd in Cumberland.
Both birds and birders alike are no doubt looking forward to the
more normal temperatures forecast for this week.

Thank-you.  Good birding.

- End transcript

Gordon Pringle <parula at>

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