[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 08Aug04... Shorebirds

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Aug 9 11:01:14 EDT 2004


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 08 August 2004
* ONOT0408.08

- Birds mentioned
Pied-billed Grebe
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 08 August 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.

Recently a few more signs of fall migration have begun in the
Ottawa area. The water levels of the Ottawa River are finally
beginning to recede and better habitat for waterfowl and
SHOREBIRDS is appearing, particularly at the east end of Andrew
Haydon Park and the base of the Shirley's Bay causeway.  3 Greater
and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and 1 Solitary Sandpiper were at Shirley's
Bay on August 8th, along with a family of 2 adult and 3 juvenile
Common Terns.  Please remember to call the Range Control office
for permission to access the causeway.  The number is (613) 991-

The Almonte sewage lagoons continue to offer the best shorebird
habitat west of Ottawa.  Over the past week, the northeast cell
hosted a total of 10 shorebird species including 2 Semipalmated
Plovers and 2 adult Pectoral Sandpipers on the 7th, and 1 Stilt
Sandpiper on July 30.  The eastern lagoons at Casselman, Embrun
and St. Albert still have high water. At the Alfred lagoons on the
1st highlights included several Ruddy Ducks with young and 9
species of SHOREBIRDS including 4 Sanderlings, 53 Semipalmated
Sandpipers, 4 Least Sandpipers, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers and 17
Wilson's Snipes. Also on the 1st, along Peat Moss Rd. immediately
east of Alfred, there were 20 Upland Sandpipers and another 15
were seen near St-Isidore. Permission is required to enter the
Alfred lagoons. Contact the Municipal By-Law Officer of the
Township of Alfred and Plantagenet at (613) 697-2292.

The ponds along March Valley Rd. south of Klondike Rd. in Kanata
have good shorebird potential, with small numbers of Killdeer and
Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Solitary Sandpipers and 2 Wilson's Snipes on
the 7th.  At the large pond on the east side of Moodie Dr. south
of the Trail Rd. Landfill on the 1st there were 22 Sanderlings and
4 Short-billed Dowitchers.  On the 2nd there were 38 Ruddy Ducks
and 9 adult Bonaparte's Gulls at this location. The 38 Ruddies
were still present here on the 8th along with 6 Pied-billed Grebes
and a few Ring-necked Ducks among the mostly Mallards, but very
few SHOREBIRDS. Again, please do not cross the fence as this pond
is on private property and can be viewed from the road.

At the Trail Rd. Landfill itself on the 1st there was one adult
Lesser Black-backed Gull. On the 8th at Britannia Point east of
the filtration plant there were 6 juvenile Bonaparte's Gulls.

Also on the 1st, in the old burn area in Constance Bay, at least 3
adult and 4 juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers were observed -
another success story for at least one breeding pair of this
declining species in the Ottawa area.

And finally, from slightly farther afield near White Lake west of
Pakenham, 3 adult Sandhill Cranes were reported by 2 separate
observers on August 2nd.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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