[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 19Mar06... Gyrfalcon

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Mar 20 13:00:11 EST 2006


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 19 March 2006
* ONOT0603.19

- Birds mentioned

Ring-necked Duck
Northern Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barred Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
American Crow
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Shrike
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 19 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.

A week of below normal temperatures and relentless strong WNW
winds certainly put a damper on spring migrants after the sudden
influx last weekend. However, a few reports of local interest came

The elusive grey morph GYRFALCON was noted again, this time on the
morning of March 16th, flying over the Carlington quarry near the
Clyde Ave. woods. The woods at Clyde were also productive this
week for a good variety of species including a Northern Goshawk on
the 16th and 18th, the continued presence of Long-eared and
Northern Saw-whet Owls from the 13th through the 18th, a Barred
Owl on the 19th, a small group of approx. a half-dozen White-
winged Crossbills that dropped in briefly on the 16th, and a
singing Pine Siskin on the 18th. Another Northern Saw-whet Owl was
discovered in a small copse of cedars along March Valley Rd. near
the Marshes golf course on the afternoon of the 18th.

Other signs of spring in spite of the weather included a male
Ring-necked Duck on the Quebec side above the Deschenes rapids on
the 19th, a Northern Harrier along Earl Armstrong Road south of
the international airport on the 18th, a Red-shouldered Hawk being
pursued by American Crows over Richmond Rd. in the neighbourhood
of Britannia on the 13th, at least 3 Rough-legged Hawks in
agricultural areas east of Ottawa on the 18th, the 1st report of a
very early Eastern Bluebird at 5th Line Rd. and Berry Side Rd.
west of Kanata on the 16th and 19th, and Song Sparrows have been
widely reported as of the 18th. A Peregrine Falcon was on the R.H.
Coats building at Tunney's Pasture on the 18th and another was in
the Carp area the same day. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was
seen on the Ottawa River on the Quebec side below the Deschenes
rapids on the evening of the 17th.  Otherwise, a few Northern
Shrikes, several American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and Common
Grackles continue to hold on, and small numbers of Common Redpolls
and Pine Siskins continue to visit feeders around our area.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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