Ottawa/Gatineau 24Apr03... Barnacle Goose

Gordon Pringle parula at
Fri Apr 25 10:36:27 EDT 2003


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 24 April 2003
* ONOT0304.24

- Birds mentioned

Trumpeter Swan
Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Great Horned Owl
Eastern Bluebird
Brown Thrasher
Pine Warbler
House Wren
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 24 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
            : Chris Lewis
transcriber: Michelle Martin  m.p.martin at
internet   : Gordon Pringle  parula at


This is Chris Lewis reporting.

An immature swan, possibly a Trumpeter, was seen on the evening of
April 23 and again this morning the 24th, on the west side of
North Russell Rd. (formerly Boundary Rd.) in the 1st field south
of Devine Rd.

A BARNACLE GOOSE of unknown origin was discovered along Cedarview
Rd. south of Hunt Club Rd., opposite the entrance to The Log Farm
on April 20, and was still present the next morning. An adult
Greater White-fronted Goose was in the same location along
Cedarview on the afternoon & evening of the 21st.

There are 1000's of Canada Geese in the fields as well as on the
Ottawa River, and among them there are occasionally birds with
extensive leucism or albinism, that is, large areas of white
feathers.  Some may be white-necked, white-bodied, or almost
entirely white - a few such Canada's have been noted on the Ottawa
River as well as in agricultural fields this week.

A Common Loon & a Horned Grebe were seen at Shirley's Bay on the
22nd, along with good numbers of puddle ducks & diving ducks.

On April 20, a Black-crowned Night-Heron was at the east end of
Mud Lake in the Britannia Conservation area.  A pair of Great
Horned Owls has been keeping company in the White Pines at the
southwest corner of Mud Lake since mid-March - they are still
present, but do not appear to be nesting.

Up to 7 Eastern Bluebirds and a Brown Thrasher were at Bowesville
Rd. south of the International Airport.  New arrivals include 3
Pine Warblers in the Britannia woods and one in Wychwood in
Aylmer, Quebec on the 21st. A House Wren was at the Aylmer
location the same day.  Chipping, Field, Vesper, Savannah, Swamp &
White-throated Sparrows are now widespread.

Thank you  - Good birding!

- End transcript

Gordon Pringle <parula at>

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