Ottawa/Gatineau 12Jan03... Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye

Gordon Pringle parula at
Tue Jan 14 21:35:16 EST 2003


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 12 January 2003
* ONOT0301.12

- Birds mentioned

Wood Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Gray Partridge
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Shrike
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 12 January 2003
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
            : Colin Bowen  colin.bowen at
            : Chris Lewis
transcriber: Michelle Martin  m.p.martin at
internet   : Gordon Pringle  parula at


This is Chris Lewis reporting.

Gray Partridges were the story this week.  A covey of 16 and a
group of 5 were seen in the business park along the north loop of
Colonnade Rd today, the 12th.  Another group of 4-5 were seen in
Kanata on January 9 at Terry Fox at Dinsberry in a field near the
transformer station west of Kanata Ford.

A juvenile Bald Eagle scared up the gulls including several
Glaucous Gulls at the Deschenes Rapids on the 8th.  An adult Bald
Eagle was in this area back on January 1.

An adult Northern Goshawk was seen along Twin Elm between
Barnsdale and Cambrian on the 10th.  Otherwise, only a few hawks
have been reported including a few Red-tailed Hawks in various
locations and a Rough-legged Hawk along March Valley on January

A Cooper's Hawk has evidently joined the Carolina Wren hunt at 868
Acadia Gardens in Orleans.  The wren was last seen on the 8th.  A
Cooper's Hawk was also reported from the Third Line Rd north of
the Baxter Conservation Area.

A Merlin was seen on Tweedsmuir Ave in Westboro on the 9th and a
Peregrine Falcon was on the west side of the R H Coates Building
this morning.

Northern Shrikes are being seen quite regularly now with reports
from many locations including the Trail Rd landfill, Carling Ave
at Rifle Rd near Shirley's Bay, March Valley Rd in Kanata and
Britannia and Westboro areas near the Ottawa River as well as
Alain and Principal in Aylmer.

Lingering winter birds include 2 male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in the
Remic Rapids on the 12th, a single Lesser Scaup in the back
channel of the Rideau River in Manotick, a Ring-necked Duck on the
Rideau behind Carleton Lodge and both the female HARLEQUIN DUCK
and the male Wood Duck behind the Rideau Tennis Club.

A Belted Kingfisher was seen again on the 11th at Sawmill Creek,
west of the Transit Way station on the north side of Walkley Rd,
and varying numbers of American Robins are widespread across the
city with about 15 regular at Henry Farm Dr in Nepean and over 100
seen again on Rifle Rd on the 10th.  At least 70 Cedar Waxwings
were with the Rifle Rd robins on the 10th as well.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler was still at Britannia near the filtration
plant on the 7th but there have no recent reports of the Northern
Flicker here or of the Brown Thrasher or the Eastern Towhee this
past week.  However, the Field Sparrow at the Hilda Rd feeder at
Shirley's Bay was still at this location on January 11 and a Song
Sparrow was at a feeder on Bourgeau St in Aylmer on the 7th.

Other than a few large groups of House Finches seen at Britannia,
Kanata as well as at the Hilda Rd feeder and a few American
Goldfinches along Kerwin Rd today, there have been almost no
winter finches in Ottawa this season.

Thank-you.  Good birding.

- End transcript

Gordon Pringle <parula at>

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