[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 30Oct05... Greater White-fronted Goose, Ross's Goose, Harlequin Duck, Boreal Chickadee

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Tue Nov 1 12:25:25 EST 2005


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 30 October 2005
* ONOT0510.30

- Birds mentioned

Red-Necked Grebe
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Cackling Goose
Snow Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Black Scoter
Barrow's Goldeneye
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker
  Boreal Chickadee
Lapland Longspur

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 30 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.

A phenomenal week for waterfowl, with 32 species reported out of
the 34 seen in the entire year of 2005 in the Ottawa-Gatineau
area!  A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen almost daily at the
large pond on Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. from the 23rd until at
least the 29th and another was on the Ottawa River at Andrew
Haydon Park on the 28th and 29th. A ROSS'S GOOSE also continued to
hold on here until at least the 29th, among a growing number of
both Greater and Lesser Snow Geese.  Several flocks of Brant
dropped in briefly at the Moodie Dr. pond and on the Ottawa River
over the past week, and Cackling Geese were reported from both
locations, with 7 seen from the east end of Andrew Haydon on the
29th. Of the 26 species of ducks that were reported, the most
spectacular were 2 adult male HARLEQUIN DUCKS above the Des Chenes
rapids, seen from the Quebec side at the south end of Vanier St.
on the 28th and 29th.  At least 3 Canvasbacks and several Redhead
were on the Moodie Dr. pond this weekend, along with approx. 30
Ruddy Ducks. A large movement of Black Scoters occurred on the
28th, with several groups totalling over 600 mostly male birds
seen on the Ottawa River from Dick Bell Park.  Long-tailed Ducks
are now present on the Ottawa River. A male Barrow's Goldeneye was
still at Remic rapids on the 29th, and was joined by a male hybrid
POND: This pond is in a sand & gravel operation on private
property. Most of the birds can be seen from the road, so please
do not cross the gate.

Other water-birds of note included 2 Red-throated Loons on the
Ottawa River at Dick Bell and Andrew Haydon Parks on the 28th and
1 at Constance Bay on the 29th, 2 Common Loons at Shirley's Bay on
the 30th, and increasing numbers of Horned and Red-Necked Grebes
on the river as well.

The most exciting raptor of the week was a Golden Eagle soaring
over the Trail Rd. landfill on the 29th, and an adult dark-morph
Red-tailed Hawk that has evidently returned to the Gatineau
airport for its 3rd winter was seen here on the 24th.

Several Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue to be seen regularly,
with a high count of 15 on the Ottawa River between Britannia
Beach and Shirley's Bay on the 27th.  An adult Glaucous Gull was
at Des Chenes rapids on the 27th, and a 1st-winter Iceland Gull
was on the river at Andrew Haydon on the 29th.

Four  Red-headed Woodpeckers were seen at Constance Bay on the
29th, and the most interesting songbird reports were of BOREAL
CHICKADEES - one at Britannia Beach on the 27th and one behind the
Chelsea visitor's centre in Gatineau Park on the 29th. At least 10
Lapland Longspurs were in a field along Barnsdale Rd. at Twin Elm
Rd. also on the 29th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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