[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 18Apr04.Pink-footed Goose

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Tue Apr 20 12:45:11 EDT 2004


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 18 April 2004
* ONOT0404.18

- Birds mentioned

Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Water Pipit
Yellow-rumped Warbler

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 18 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 staring features in the local birding this weekend were two
rare Eurasian waterfowl species in the marshes on the Québec side
of the Ottawa River.  The first record for the region of a PINK-
FOOTED GOOSE, reported yesterday the 17th, was confirmed this
morning.  It is an un-banded and free flying bird.  The most recent
observation was at the viewing blind at Baie de Pentecost in Parc
Plaisance along Chemin de Petit Presqu'ile.   A male EURASIAN
WIGEON is also still present at Baie Clement west of Masson

Other reports indicate that spring migration has taken another
leap forward in Ottawa. From the 16th to the 18th, Shirley's Bay
had 2 Common Loons, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, several American
Wigeon and Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Greater and Lesser
Scaup and 2 White-winged Scoters.  An unusually late Snowy Owl was
seen on the ice at Shirley's Bay off Haycock Island on the 16th.

A pair of Redhead was in the pond on Earl Armstrong Rd west of
High Rd on the 16th and 2 male Ruddy Ducks were in a pond along
Moodie Dr south of the Trail Rd landfill.

The first Greater Yellowlegs of the season was seen along Twin Elm
Rd on April 16 along with an American Pipit.  At the Britannia
Conservation Area on the 18th, there were many Ruby-crowned and
Golden-crowned Kinglet as well as the first Yellow-rumped
Warblers.  The return of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Northern
Flickers, Belted Kingfishers and Hermit Thrushes was evident from
many locations.

Two of the local landfills hosted at total of 11 Lesser Black-
backed Gulls, 8 at Trail Rd landfill and 3 at Carp.  Both
landfills are inaccessible to the public but may be viewed from
the roadside.

Several pairs of Barred Owls were heard calling in Gatineau Park
on the night of the 17th, another sign of spring.

Thank-you.  Good birding.

- End transcript

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