[Ontbirds]Orange-crowned Warbler, etc., Ottawa

Elsa Suárez & Paul Matthews mattpau at mondenet.com
Fri Sep 15 16:49:19 EDT 2006

Certain parts of Britannia (the ridge and the area just south and west of the trailhead) were hopping with activity this morning. Most of the hopping was being done by Yellow-rumped Warblers, but 12 other species were also observed, including the aforementioned orange-crowned. There was also Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Thrasher, several Scarlet Tanagers, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, etc.

The east end of Andrew Haydon Park (Ottawa Beach) was devoid of shorebirds, but the west end had decent variety, with 8 species of shorebirds including 6 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 American Golden Plovers and a White-rumped Sandpiper. A Common Tern was also present. The Golden Plovers were mostly still and exceptionally well camouflaged.

Shirley's Bay had a number of less common birds for the area, including 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, a Stilt Sandpiper, another White-rumped Sandpiper, a Bald Eagle and (gulp!) some Snow Geese. Is winter far off?

Paul Matthews, Ottawa


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