[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 02Apr04... Migrants + Tundra Swan, Barrow's Goldeneye

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Fri Apr 2 22:12:49 EST 2004


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 02 April 2004
* ONOT0404.02

- Birds mentioned

American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Short-eared Owl
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Eastern Bluebird
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 02 April 2004
number: 613-860-9000 press 2
to report: 613-860-9000 press #
coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
compilers  : Chris Lewis
            : Terry Higgins
            : Colin Bowen  colin.bowen at sympatico.ca
transcriber: Michelle Martin  m.p.martin at sympatico.ca
internet   : Gordon Pringle  parula at magma.ca


This is Chris Lewis reporting.

The past week saw the continued arrival of significant numbers of
migrants including more passerine species.

The fields east of Ottawa, near Carlsbad Springs and Bourget
remain flooded with water as well with thousands of Canada Geese
and Northern Pintail.  Waterfowl of note were: a Greater White-
fronted Goose at Milton Rd on the 29th, a pair of swans, likely
TUNDRA SWANS, at Cobb's Lake Creek, east of Bourget with 21 Snow
Geese on the 29th, and a pair of Redhead Frank Kenney at the
Bearbrook bridge on the 30th and 31st.  Green-winged Teal, Ring-
necked Duck and Bufflehead continue to appear in the east as well
as the mouth of Watt's Creek at Shirley's Bay, and small numbers
of Hooded Mergansers were seen in small numbers in various parts.

Great Blue Herons are being seen regularly now and reports of many
Eastern Phoebes and Eastern Meadowlarks came in from many

A major fallout of sparrows occurred on March 30 and 31,
particularly American Tree Sparrows and Song Sparrows.  A Chipping
Sparrow was at Britannia on the 31st and there were several
sightings of Fox Sparrow since the 30th, particularly west of
Ottawa, including Shirley's Bay and Kanata.

Other firsts of the season included: an early American Bittern
near Corkery, south of Carp, on the 28th, a Tree Swallow at
Deschenes on the Québec side on the 28th and another near
Calabogie on April 2, an Eastern Bluebird near Bishop's Mills
south of Ottawa on the 30th and a Rusty Blackbird at Deschenes on
the 28th.

A least one male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE is still around.  He was seen
on the Ottawa River at Deschenes on the 28th and several Short-
eared Owls can still be seen flying at dusk on Earl Armstrong Rd.

Thank-you.  Good birding.

- End transcript

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