Ottawa/Gatineau 07Apr03... Harlequin Duck

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Wed Apr 9 10:21:50 EDT 2003


- RBA

* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 07 April 2003
* ONOT0304.07

- Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Hooded Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Gray Partridge
Ruffed Grouse
Sandhill Crane
Eastern Phoebe
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 07 April 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 sympatico.ca
            : Chris Lewis
transcriber: Michelle Martin  m.p.martin at sympatico.ca
internet   : Gordon Pringle  parula at magma.ca

OFNC BIRD STATUS LINE   MONDAY APRIL 7 AT 5:30 PM

This is Chris Lewis reporting.

The lower than normal temperatures and a late winter snowstorm
slowed down the advance of spring last week.

Some of the flooded areas in the fields east of Ottawa were frozen
and the water levels at the Cobb's Lake Creek flood plain are
beginning to recede.  Most of the waterfowl seen here on the
weekend were Canada Geese and Northern Pintails.  A couple of
Northern Shovelers were seen with the other common puddle ducks
east of Bourget and approximately 200 Snow Geese were in the same
location on April 4.  Single blue morph Snow Geese were reported
throughout the week from Britannia, Brewer Park pond and Frank
Kenney Rd.  About a dozen Wood Duck were on Mud Lake at Britannia
on the 2nd and reports of the Hooded Mergansers have come in from
various locations.

Turkey Vultures continue to trickle through with mainly single
migrants reported.  A Merlin was seen at Island Park Dr at Carling
Ave and another at Bank St and Heron Rd on April 1 and 6
respective.  A Peregrine Falcon flew over Earl Armstrong Rd on the
1st.

A small covey of Gray Partridges is still being seen occasionally
along Huntmar Rd, north of Palladium Dr in Kanata and a Ruffed
Grouse has been visiting the backyard at 868 Acadian Gardens in
Orleans where a Carolina Wren over wintered.  The wren has not
been reported since March 23.

Seven Sandhill Cranes were feeding on the west side of Milton Rd
northeast of Carlsbad Springs on April 3.  A few Golden-crowned
Kinglets, 2 Eastern Phoebes and hundreds of Dark-eyed Juncos were
in the Britannia Woods on 2nd and a Fox Sparrow was at the feeder
on Dolman Ridge Rd the same day.

Going back to March 29, the female HARLEQUIN DUCK was still a
Remic Rapids on the Ottawa River and also that same day a Red-
shouldered Hawk was reported from Cumberland Ridge Rd in the area
of the hydro field.

Thank-you.  Good birding.

- End transcript

Gordon Pringle <parula at magma.ca>



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