[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 14Apr04... Sandhill Crane

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Thu Apr 15 16:08:34 EDT 2004


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 14 April 2004
* ONOT0404.14

- Birds mentioned

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
American Woodcock
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eastern Screech Owl
Short-eared Owl
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Common Raven
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Savannah Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Common Redpoll

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 14 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.

Gradually milder temperatures and the opening up of our local
waterways have encouraged the return of more migrants.  A Common
Loon and a Pied-billed Grebe were seen at Shirley's Bay on April
12th, along with 13 species of waterfowl including Wood Duck,
American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked
Duck, Greater and Lesser Scaup, and both Hooded and Common
Mergansers.  A pair of Pied-billed Grebes was also on the Rideau
River behind the Tennis Club on the 10th.

On the 13th a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was with a flock of
Canada Geese in a field on Barnsdale Rd. west of Moodie Dr. and 2
adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in the same area.

Ospreys have returned - 3 were seen near last year's nest along
Thomas Dolan Parkway by Constance Creek on both the 12th and 13th.
A nice flight of raptors occurred on the 12th, with several Turkey
Vultures and Sharp-shinned Hawks noted, as well as an adult Golden
Eagle over Carling Ave. and Rifle Rd. near Shirley's Bay.  There
has also been an increase in sightings of American Kestrels and
Merlins from various locations over the past week, and a few
Rough-legged Hawks are still moving through.

Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the fields on the west side of
Milton Rd. east of Carlsbad Springs on the 13th. American
Woodcocks have been heard performing their courtship flights at
Kettles Rd. and Munster Rd. as well as in the Rockcliffe area on a
few evenings over the past 2 weeks.

An owl-atlassing venture on the 9th produced an Eastern Screech
Owl calling on Kerwin Rd., and 2 Short-eared Owls were seen south
of the International Airport on the 8th.

Common Ravens continue their nesting efforts in Ottawa, with one
long-time pair now tending at least 4 vigourous young in the nest
at the Carlington Quarry at the north end of Clyde Ave.  Another
pair was reported to be constructing a nest at Russell Rd. east of
Hawthorne Rd., on a hydro pylon in the middle of the Ontario Hydro
complex on April 9th.

An early Gray Catbird was seen in Alexandria east of Ottawa on the
8th. Other migrants such as Eastern Phoebes, Tree Swallows,
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Bluebirds, Savannah Sparrows and
Rusty Blackbirds continue to be reported, and Common Redpolls are
still present in small numbers in various locations.

Thank you - Good birding!

- End transcript

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