Ottawa/Gatineau 17Mar03..

Gordon Pringle parula at
Tue Mar 18 08:59:00 EST 2003


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 17 March 2003
* ONOT0303.17

- Birds mentioned

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Harlequin Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Golden Eagle
Gray Partridge
Wild Turkey
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Barred Owl
Common Raven
Carolina Wren
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Red-winged Blackbird

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 17 March 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.

A very mild weekend finally brought in a few welcome signs of

The female Harlequin Duck has relocated to the Remic Rapids on the
Ottawa River.  She was seen from Parc Brebeuf on the Québec side
along with a displaying male and female Barrow's Goldeneye on the
15th.  A pair of Wood Ducks were at the bridge in Merrickville on
March 16 and a pair of Bufflehead were in the Deschenes Rapids at
the end of Vanier St in Aylmer on both the 15th and 16th.  A lone
Canada Goose survived the winter at Remic Rapids and is still

Also on the 15th, two adult Golden Eagles were seen over the
Eardley escarpment from Eardley-Masham and Bradley Rds.  The
following day there were 3 Bald Eagles and 35 Common Ravens in the
same area.

An adult male Cooper's Hawk was seen and heard calling
persistently in the Britannia Woods on the 15th and a Northern
Goshawk was in the woods near the Kemptville bridge the same day.

6-8 Gray Partridges were feeding on burdock at Huntmar and
Palladium Drive in Kanata on the 16th and 6 Wild Turkeys, 1 male
and 5 females, were on Upper Dwyer Hill Rd on the 14th.

Ring-billed Gulls have returned big time   almost overnight, with
thousands now along the Ottawa River near the colonial nests at
Lemieux Island and Deschenes.  An adult Glaucous Gull was with the
Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls at Remic Rapids on the 15th.

A Northern Hawk-Owl was found on the Québec side about a week ago
along chemin Alary off highway 148 in Luskville.  It was most
recently seen midweek but was not relocated on the 16th.

The Great Horned Owl at Britannia is still haunting the pines at
the southwest corner of Mud Lake.  A very tame Barred Owl was seen
at the feeder along the Harridge Trail, ski trail 50, in Gatineau
Park on both the 10th and 15th.

Bohemian Waxwings have been absent since early December but on
March 16 a flock of 20 was spotted on the Richardson Side Rd north
of the Carp Rd.  15 Cedar Waxwings were at Shirley's Bay on the

The Carolina Wren at 868 Acadia Gardens in Orleans has evidently
survived the brutal winter and was in the backyard at this address
on the 15th and the first report this year of Red-winged
Blackbirds comes from March 16   2 were seen at the Hilda Rd
feeder at Shirley's Bay.

Thank-you.  Good birding.

- End transcript

Gordon Pringle <parula at>

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