[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 23May06... Great Egret, European Goldfinch
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* 23 May 2006
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date: 23 May 2006
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coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
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transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
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THE OFNC BIRD STATUS LINE @ 7:00 pm, TUESDAY MAY 23, 2006.
This is Chris Lewis reporting.
Cool wet weather with northwest winds prevented much movement in
terms of both bird migration and birder motivation. Nevertheless,
several good sightings were reported.
The Ottawa River continued to be productive for transient
waterfowl, with several reports of Brant throughout the past week,
and 8 pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers near the Champlain bridge
on the 20th. An unusual sighting of 9 breeding-plumaged Common
Loons on the river between Deschenes and Britannia was noteworthy
on the 21st, and 3 Common Terns were seen again in this location
on the 23rd. The GREAT EGRET on the Rideau River at Billings
Bridge is evidently still present as of the 21st, and 3 GREAT
EGRETS were present in the Marais des Laiches Ouest off Hwy 148
east of Gatineau, Quebec, from at least the 16th through the 21st.
Two Gray Partridge were picking up grit along the shoulder of
March Rd. between Carp Rd. and Hwy 417 near a small storage
building on the 22nd, and a Northern Mockingbird was seen in the
village of Deschenes, Quebec, at Rue Martel and Vanier Street on
the same day.
A soggy visit to the Embrun sewage lagoons on the 21st produced 3
late Bufflehead and a Ruddy Duck, a flock of 13 White-winged
Scoters in transit, and a small number of shorebirds including
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted and Least Sandpipers and a
Stilt Sandpiper in transitional plumage. A somewhat more
comfortable visit to the Huron and Western trails in Gatineau Park
on the 22nd revealed that many species are now on their breeding
grounds, including at least 2 singing male Philadelphia Vireos at
the Champlain Lookout parking lot, several Veery, Swainson's and
Wood Thrush, many Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and 14 species of
warblers with most recent arrival being Mourning Warbler. In
addition to other expected migrants and breeders, a single fly-
over Evening Grosbeak was also noted here. The Britannia
Conservation area has been quite static since the 19th, however
unusually high numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers were here on the
morning of the 23rd (another indication of delayed migration)
along with a Blackpoll Warbler.
Sparrows were well-represented, with a total of 11 species seen in
a single morning (May 21) from 2 locations: At least 2 Clay-
coloured Sparrows were again heard singing along Ridge Rd. on the
way to the Mer Bleue boardwalk, and a least 2 territorial male
Lincoln's Sparrow's were heard and seen along the boardwalk
itself, near the "Hudson's Bay" interpretive sign. Several White-
crowned Sparrows were also present here. In the fields south of
the international airport along Leitrim and Bowesville Rds. an
additional 8 species were found, all of which breed in this area,
including several Grasshopper Sparrows. And finally, back on May
14th a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was a pleasant Mother's Day surprise at
a feeder along Rte. 315 in Mayo Quebec.
Thank you - Good Birding!
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