[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 07Aug06... Great Egret, Ruddy Duck, Red-necked Phalarope, Sedge Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Aug 7 20:53:46 EDT 2006


- RBA

* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 07 August 2006
* ONOT0608.07

- Birds mentioned

GREAT EGRET
Canada Goose
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
RUDDY DUCK
Red-shouldered Hawk
Northern Bobwhite
Common Moorhen
Sandhill Crane
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Common Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
SEDGE WREN
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
Mourning Warbler
Eastern Towhee

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 07 August 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

THE OFNC BIRD STATUS LINE @ 8:00 pm, SUNDAY AUGUST 07, 2006.

This is Chris Lewis reporting.

A dramatic increase in the water level of the Ottawa River since
last week, due to recent heavy rains and water control at the
Chats Falls Dam above Fitzroy Harbour, caused a bit of
disappointment for shorebird watchers.  The previously extensive
mudflats west of the Shirley's Bay causeway are now extensively
flooded, and there were virtually no birds here on August 4th
other than common puddle ducks, Canada Geese, 2 adult Spotted
Sandpipers and a single Common Tern. High water on some of our
local sewage lagoons, including Almonte in the west and Alfred in
the east, also provided poor shorebird habitat, but fortunately
good for waterfowl.  At Alfred on the 5th there were 2 families of
Redhead, 1 male Lesser Scaup and 101 RUDDY DUCKS including many
young. A small number of shorebirds including Lesser Yellowlegs,
Solitary and Least Sandpipers were in a wet field near the Alfred
lagoons, but the most interesting recent report came from the
Casselman lagoons where 3 juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen
on the 1st.

A GREAT EGRET was seen again at the large quarry pond on the east
side of Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. on July 31st, and 3 GREAT
EGRETS flew northeast over Bowesville and Leitrim Rds. on the
morning of the 6th. Two Sandhill Cranes, previously reported from
the Christie Lake Rd. near DeWitt's Corners were still present
here on the 3rd, and there were several reports of Common Moorhens
in the marshes along the Jack Pine Trail off Moodie Drive over the
past week.

On the 6th the Carp Hills along Thomas Dolan Parkway west of
Dunrobin were productive for 10 species of warblers including a
juvenile Mourning Warbler. Also seen in this area were a Red-
shouldered Hawk and a juvenile Eastern Towhee. Farther west of the
Carp Hills along Torbolton Ridge Rd. SEDGE WRENS were heard again
in the large sedge meadow by the railroad tracks near house # 4104
on the 4th, and 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers including 1 juvenile were
seen at the "old burn area" along Whistler St. in Constance Bay on
the 6th. Back on the 29th, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was reported
from the Trans Canada Trail in the Kanata area of the Stoney
Swamp.

And finally, a Northern Bobwhite, most likely an escaped bird, was
seen for approx. 3 weeks in a backyard in Osgoode south of Ottawa,
at the corner of Logan Farm Dr. and Lombardy St. This observation
was reported on July 30th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript



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