[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 02Oct06... OFO Field-trips, Pomarine Jaeger, Le Conte's Sparrow, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Oct 2 20:34:47 EDT 2006


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 02 October 2006
* ONOT0610.02

- Birds mentioned

Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Snow Goose
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Gray Partridge
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull
Common Tern
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Blue Jay
American Crow
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Blackburnian Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Rusty Blackbird

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 02 October 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.

The annual Ontario Field Ornithologists Convention was the
highlight of this past week's birding in the Ottawa area. Great
weather on the 1st day, September 30th, helped local as well as
out-of-town leaders and participants find 131 species including a
few good rarities.  A juvenile POMARINE JAEGER was seen between
the east end of Andrew Haydon Park and the Dick Bell marina from
8:45 - 10:00 AM and then again at 2:30 PM, and a LE CONTE'S
SPARROW was seen in the Westmeath area of the Ottawa River along
with a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW.  Additional reports of
NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW as well as Gray Partridge came from
the Alfred sewage lagoon.

Small numbers of Snow Geese continue to move through with
sightings throughout the week from March Valley Rd., Shirley's
Bay, Andrew Haydon Park in the west and the Alfred, Embrun and St.
Albert sewage lagoons in the east. A total of 19 species of
waterfowl were found at various locations on the 30th including a
single female Surf Scoter (likely the same bird that has been on
the Ottawa River off the west end of Andrew Haydon Park since the
25th), as well as 2 female Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Horned and 2
Red-necked Grebes.

An American Coot was at the large quarry pond along Moodie Dr.
south of Trail Rd. yesterday October 1st. Sandhill Cranes were
reported again from the Alfred area on the 30th but very few
shorebirds were seen due to high water levels especially on the
Ottawa River. Aside from the POMARINE JAEGER, other larids of
interest on the 30th were 2 Bonaparte's Gulls at the east end of
Andrew Haydon Park, an exceptionally early Iceland Gull at
Britannia and a very late Common Tern at Shirley's Bay. Two Great
Horned Owls in the Britannia woods and a Barred Owl in the
Fletcher Wildlife Garden were found by mobs of American Crows and
Blue Jays this week, and a very late Marsh Wren was at the Alfred
lagoons on the 30th.

A Northern Mockingbird first seen on the 25th along Rifle Rd.
between Carling Ave. and Shirley's Bay was evidently still present
on the 30th, increasing numbers of  Golden-crowned Kinglets have
joined the warblers which are now thinning out -  late species on
the 30th included Blackburnian and Wilson's in the Shirley's Bay
parking lot on the 30th. Twelve species of sparrows including the
aforementioned rarities were reported on the 30th as well as
several Rusty Blackbirds.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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