[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 15Aug04... Great Egret

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Aug 16 15:32:02 EDT 2004


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 15 August 2004
* ONOT0408.15

- Birds mentioned

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Blue-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Common Nighthawk

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 15 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.

Interesting bird reports continue to increase as the season
progresses. On August 5th a juvenile Peregrine Falcon was observed
catching and eating a Lesser Yellowlegs at a pond on Moodie Dr.
south of the Trail Rd. Landfill. A banded juvenile was seen here
again on the 7th, and is quite possibly one of the young from this
year's brood on the Crowne Plaza hotel.

On the 9th a GREAT EGRET dropped in to a pond at a quarry near Hwy
8 and Boundary Rd. just off Hwy 417 east of Ottawa, but it did not
stay around.

Two immature Black-crowned Night-Herons, several Virginia and Sora
Rails and a Merlin were at Shirley's Bay on the 15th.  A Merlin
was also seen at the Britannia Conservation area the previous day.

The most interesting waterfowl report was of a single male Redhead
on the Ottawa River between Dick Bell Park and Andrew Haydon Park
on the afternoon of the 14th.  This duck was not present the
following day.

Up to two Caspian Terns were seen resting on the sandbar at the
east end of Andrew Haydon Park on both the 11th and the 14th but
these birds are not reliable at this location.

Feeding habitat continues to improve at both Shirley's Bay and the
east end of Andrew Haydon Park. From the 13th to the 15th at
Shirley's Bay there were increased numbers of ducks including
several Blue-winged Teal and Hooded Mergansers.  Shorebirds
included 2 Greater and 20 Lesser Yellowlegs and 2 Solitary
Sandpipers.  Two Ospreys and an immature Bald Eagle were here on
the 11th.  Seven Common Terns have been seen here regularly for at
least the past 2 weeks, no doubt a family group.

At Andrew Haydon Park on the 13th, the sandbar hosted 4
Semipalmated Plovers, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Sanderling, 15
Semipalmated and 8 Least Sandpipers, and 1 Stilt Sandpiper, and 9
Semipalmated Sandpipers and 4 Bonaparte's Gulls were on the small
gravel bar in the river east of the Britannia Water Purification
Plant the same day.

On the 12th at the Almonte Sewage lagoons, there were again 10
species of shorebirds including Semipalmated Plover, both species
of Yellowlegs, and Solitary, Semipalmated, and Pectoral Sandpiper.
A half-dozen Common Nighthawks were also seen at the Almonte
lagoons on the 14th.

The age of the shorebirds reported this week has not generally
been reported; however, most of the birds to date have been
adults, but at least 4 out of the 10 Lesser Yellowlegs at Andrew
Haydon Park on August 13th were fresh juveniles.

No significant songbird migration seems to be happening yet in the
Ottawa area, but keep your eyes and ears open.  Given the right
weather conditions, we can look forward to warblers and other
migrants in the weeks to come.

Thank you -- Good Birding!

- End transcript

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