[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 13Mar06... Migrants, No Townsend's Solitaire, Yes Yellow-headed Blackbird

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Tue Mar 14 09:54:17 EST 2006


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 13 March 2006
* ONOT0603.13

- Birds mentioned

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Barrow's Goldeneye
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Wild Turkey
Ring-billed Gull
Barred Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
American Robin
Fox Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 13 March 2006
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.

Spring seemed to arrive overnight in the Ottawa area, with many
migrants noted since the last update on March 10th.  Many reports
of numerous Canada Geese, American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds
and Common Grackles have come in, and Ring-billed Gulls are now

Waterfowl of interest this past weekend were mainly on the Quebec
side of the Ottawa River, with 2 pair of very early Gadwall and
single male Ring-necked Ducks and Bufflehead at Parc Moussette,
and a pair of Greater Scaup and additional Bufflehead in the
Deschenes Rapids.  A male Barrow's Goldeneye was still present on
the Rideau River south of the Rideau Tennis Club as of the 11th.

The 1st local sighting of a Turkey Vulture came from Limoges east
of Ottawa on the 11th. Between 3 - 5 Bald Eagles were seen flying
over the Eardley escarpment in Gatineau Park on the 10th, a male
Northern Harrier flew over the Kemptville area on the 11th, and an
adult Northern Goshawk was seen again flying over the Kerwin Rd.
trail on the 11th as well. Another adult N. Goshawk was seen at
the Clyde Ave. woods on the 13th. A flock of 18 Wild Turkeys was
reported from 6th Line Rd. northwest of Riddell Rd. on the 10th
and a single very vocal individual was reported from a backyard in
Chapel Hill South, Orleans, on the 11th.

Owl reports included a Barred Owl on the north side of Carling
Ave. near the railroad tracks east of Herzberg Rd. on the 10th,
single Great Gray Owls along Rockcliffe Parkway on the 11th and on
March Valley Rd. near the Skeet Club on the 12th. A Long-eared Owl
was discovered in Clyde Ave. woods on the 11th and another Long-
eared Owl (perhaps the same bird) was seen again the following day
and remained until at least 2:30pm.  The Clyde Ave. woods also
hosted a Northern Saw-whet Owl on the 13th.

Passerine highlights, aside from the influx of common early spring
migrants, were a Fox Sparrow still coming to a feeder on Lassiter
Terrace in Beacon Hill as of the 10th, the male YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD still visiting at #23 Manitou St. as of the 12th, and an
extremely early Rusty Blackbird at the northwest corner of Mud
Lake in the Britannia Conservation area also on the 12th. And
finally, the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was last seen by the property
owners at #7389 3rd Line Rd. near Kars on the 11th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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