[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 02Oct05... Yellow-throated Warbler, Franklin's Gull, Great Egret, Black-backed Woodpecker

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Oct 3 13:18:22 EDT 2005


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 02 October 2005
* ONOT0510.02

- Birds mentioned

Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Wild Turkey
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Pipit
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
White-crowned Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Franklin's Gull

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 02 October 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.

The Ottawa River continues to be the choice birding area in the
region, with a couple of rarities and some other interesting
sightings reported over the past week.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at the base of the Shirley's
Bay causeway on the morning of Sept. 25th and was seen again later
that afternoon but has not been reported since.  A 1st-winter
FRANKLIN'S GULL, possibly the same bird that was last reported on
Sept. 14th, was seen east of the Remic rapids lookout on the
morning of the 30th but was not relocated the following day.

Also at Shirley's Bay, 1 Common Loon, 3 Red-necked Grebes and 2 of
the GREAT EGRETS were seen on Oct. 2nd, as well as 6 species of
shorebirds including 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 1
Wilson's Snipe. Back on the 26th, 2 Great Horned Owls and 2
American Woodcocks were seen along the trail to the causeway.
Other shorebirds reported from the river on the weekend included
Sanderling and Pectoral Sandpiper at the east end of Andrew Haydon

On the river from Shirley's Bay through to the Britannia
Conservation Area this weekend, there was a total of 18 species of
waterfowl including Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and
Gadwall and 6 Redhead at Shirley's Bay. Ten White-winged Scoters
and 2 Common Goldeneye at the east end of Andrew Haydon Park were
signs of the impending cold to come. Several raptor sightings
along the river included Turkey Vulture,  Northern Harrier,
Cooper's Hawk and an adult female Peregrine Falcon. Nine species
of warblers including Nashville, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black-
throated Blue and Bay-breasted were found in the woods along the
same strip.

Other interesting observations from various locations around the
Ottawa-Gatineau area included the following: 2 American Bitterns
at a pond in Gatineau Park near the Chelsea Visitor's Centre on
the 30th and an adult Bald Eagle soaring over the same location on
the 1st, a female Black-backed Woodpecker near the intersection of
Old Carp Rd. and 2nd Line Rd. north of Kanata also on the 1st, a
Yellow-billed Cuckoo along Cassels St. south of the Yacht Club at
Britannia on the 2nd, 23 mostly juvenile Wild Turkeys in a dry
pond on March Valley Dr. opposite the Skeet Club on the 25th,
large numbers of American Pipits along the river all week, a very
late House Wren in the neighbourhood south of Lincoln Fields
shopping centre and a late Scarlet Tanager at Shirley's Bay both
on the 2nd.

Increasing waves of both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets
as well as larger numbers of White-crowned Sparrows continue to be
noted, and last but not least, flocks of blackbirds have been
gathering and 15 Rusty Blackbirds were noted Britannia on Sept.

The Ottawa-Gatineau Fall Bird Count is coming up. This annual
event will be held from 3:00 PM Saturday Oct.15th to 3:00 PM
Sunday Oct. 16th. If you are interested in participating on the
Ontario side, please contact Eve Ticknor at (613) 737-7551. If you
would like to bird on the Quebec side, please contact Daniel St-
Hilaire at (819) 776-0860.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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