[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 18Jun06.. Wetland breeding species

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Jun 19 11:33:22 EDT 2006


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 18 June 2006
* ONOT0606.18

- Birds mentioned

American Bittern
Least Bittern
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Snow Goose
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black Tern
Snowy Owl
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Cape May Warbler
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 18 June 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.

Prime breeding bird season in the Ottawa-Gatineau area produced
many interesting observations this week, including several reports
of adult birds tending nests or young.  Specific locations for
nesting birds will not be given here.

First of all, unusual NON-BREEDING birds for this time of year
were a Snow Goose seen flying north with a flock of Canada Geese
over the Rideau River near the Hunt Club Rd. bridge, and a 3rd-
summer Lesser Black-backed Gull at a large pond on the east side
of Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. both seen on the 15th.  Two adult
Herring Gulls noted on the Ottawa River north of the Lemieux
Island filtration plant on the 17th cannot yet be ruled out as
"non-breeding", however, it's a good bet that a Snowy Owl
photographed back on June 1st along Peter Robinson Side Rd. at
Carroll Side Rd. near Corkery is NOT breeding here!

Marsh habitats on both the Quebec and Ontario sides were
productive this past week for some scarce and somewhat localised
species such as Least Bittern, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-
Heron, American Coot, and Black Tern. Many of the more common
wetland species such as American Bittern, Common Moorhen, Virginia
and Sora Rails, Marsh Wren and both Alder and Willow Flycatcher
were present in widespread locations. General locations for
several of the above species were (in Quebec) the Marais aux
Grenouillettes and Marais des Laiches Ouest east of Gatineau, as
well as the Sabourin marsh behind the Sportheque arena off Rue
Jean-Proulx in Hull, and (in Ontario) the marsh between the Nepean
Equestrian Park and the Nortel complex west off Moodie Dr., the
Richmond Lagoons along Eagleson Rd, and the wetland areas along
Munster Rd. between Richmond and Munster Hamlet.

In other reports, the new female of Ottawa's downtown Peregrine
Falcon pair has hatched one of 2 eggs as of the 14th, at least one
pair of Merlins has 3 young in a nest in Carlington Heights, and
at least 26 Whip-poor-wills were counted on the evening of the
15th during the Larose Forest "BioBlitz", mainly along the main
road through the forest. Noteworthy songbirds included Sedge Wren
along the railroad tracks in the Richmond fen on the night of the
16th (this is the ONLY location where this species has been
reported so far this year, in spite of many searches in other
previously known breeding areas) as well as further sightings of
at least one adult of the eastern race of Palm Warbler in the Mer
Bleue bog on the 12th and 14th. Seventeen species of breeding
warblers, including Cape May, were counted during the Larose
Forest BioBlitz on the 16th. The same number was also reported the
same day from the Quebec side in the Lac Lablanche area south of
Parc de Papineau Labelle.  Finally, interesting sparrows reported
were Eastern Towhees in the Larose forest on the 16th, and 8
species of sparrows including Clay-coloured and Grasshopper, south
of the international airport on the 14th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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