[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 07Aug05... Gray Partridge, Least Bittern, Black Tern, Common Nighthawk

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Sun Aug 7 17:43:54 EDT 2005


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 07 August 2005
* ONOT0508.07

- Birds mentioned

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Greater Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Great Horned Owl

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 07 August 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.

It was another lazy hazy hot weather week in Ottawa, and again
most of the noteworthy reports came from the Ottawa River, mainly
from Andrew Haydon Park and Shirley's Bay, where the mudflats are
now quite extensive.

The 3 Great Egrets at Shirley's Bay have not been reported since
July 23rd, but 2 were seen flying into the Bruce Pit on Cedarview
Rd. on the morning of Aug. 6th, and then left after 15 minutes,
heading a southerly direction.  On July 31st at Shirley's Bay
there were 8 species of shorebirds including approx. 1/2 dozen
Pectoral Sandpipers and an adult Baird's Sandpiper; on Aug. 6th
there were 10 species including 6 White-rumped Sandpipers, and a
Great Horned Owl was heard calling along the trail to the
causeway. To access the Shirley's Bay causeway, please call the
Range Control office at (613) 991-5740.

On July 31st, at the west end of Andrew Haydon Park a juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron was seen again, along with a few Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers and a juvenile
Virginia Rail, and at the Des Chenes rapids there were 5
Bonaparte's Gulls with notably increased numbers of Herring and
Great Black-backed Gulls among the ubiquitous Ring-billed Gulls.
Numbers of Double-crested Cormorants are building up along the
river, and several Common Terns are also still present but in
reduced numbers since last week.

On July 30th, on the Quebec side at the Marais aux Grenouillettes
west of Masson, there was a LEAST BITTERN and numerous Common
Moorhens with young. Farther east at Black Bay there were approx.
20 BLACK TERNS.  Also on the evening of the 30th, at Major's Hill
Park in downtown Ottawa a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was heard.

A visit to the Embrun and St. Albert sewage lagoons on August 1st
yielded few returns, as the water levels in all the ponds are very
high.  Of interest were an adult male Greater Scaup, 2 pairs of
Ruddy Ducks and a Merlin at Embrun, and a group of 16 GRAY
PARTRIDGE (1 adult female and 15 young) at St. Albert.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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