[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 24Jan05... Barrow's Goldeneye, Gray Partridge, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Gray Owl

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Jan 24 20:51:41 EST 2005


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 24 January 2005
* ONOT0501.24

- Birds mentioned

Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wild Turkey
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Song Sparrow
Pine Grosbeak
White-winged Crossbill
Pine Siskin

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 24 January 2005
number: 613-860-9000
for the status line : press 2
for rare bird alerts: press 1
to report a sighting: press #
coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
compiler   : Chris Lewis  hagenius at primus.ca
transcriber: Chris Lewis  hagenius at primus.ca
internet   : Gordon Pringle  parula at magma.ca


This is Chris Lewis reporting.

A week "in the freezer" no doubt slowed down both bird and birder
activities.  Nevertheless, from the 16th through the 24th, GREAT
GRAY OWLS were reported from diverse locations.  The largest
concentration still seems to be in the rural areas west of Ottawa,
but several Great Grays were also reported this week from Petrie
Island and the eastern end of the Rockcliffe Parkway, as well as a
few to the southwest near Carp and Richmond, farther south near
Perth and Merrickville, and also in the northeast in the Val-des-
Monts area of Quebec. Suburban sightings of individuals came from
a backyard in Nepean, and along Moodie Dr. between the Nortel
buildings and the Equestrian Park on the 17th, the Pleasant Park
area of Alta Vista on the 21st, and the Fletcher Wildlife Garden
on the 24th.

On the 24th Snowy Owls were reported from east of Ottawa near
Alfred and Ste-Rose, as well as Eagleson, Fallowfield & Akins Rds.
to the west of the city.

Two male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were still on the Rideau and Ottawa
Rivers as of the 22nd. On the Quebec side on the 23rd, single Bald
Eagles were reported from the Lac Lablanche area north of Mayo and
the Eardley Masham Rd. in Gatineau Park, and the dark-morph Red-
tailed Hawk was still present at the Gatineau airport as of the
23rd as well.  Back in Ontario, an American Kestrel was at the
eastern end of the Rockcliffe Parkway the same day.  A small covey
of GRAY PARTRIDGE was discovered at Terry Fox Dr. and Maple Grove
Rd. in Kanata on the 24th, and 6 Wild Turkeys were at the Duck
Club feeders on March Valley and Riddell Rds. on the 21st.  Five
species of gulls were noted at the Trail Rd. Landfill on the 24th,
including Iceland, Lesser Black-backed and Glaucous Gull.

The only interesting passerine reports were of a Song Sparrow at a
feeder in the Crestview neighbourhood of Nepean on the 17th and
18th, and 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 6 White-
winged Crossbills and 1 Pine Siskin were found in the Eardley-
Masham and Lac Lablanche areas on the 23rd.

Thank you - Good BRRRRding!

- End transcript

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