[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 31Dec06... Black-throated Green Warbler, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Thu Jan 4 17:25:23 EST 2007


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 31 December 2006
* ONOT0612.31

- Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
Snowy Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
Northern Mockingbird
White-crowned Sparrow

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 31 December 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 & transcriber: Chris Lewis  hagenius at primus.ca
internet: Gordon Pringle  parula at magma.ca


This is Chris Lewis reporting.

Highlights at the end of 2006 were several, again mostly due to the
incredibly mild season, lack of snow, and unprecedented (in recent times)
amount of open water on our local water bodies.

Extremely late waterfowl included 4 Tundra Swans at the large quarry pond on
Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. on Christmas Day, a Cackling Goose, a Northern
Pintail and a Ruddy Duck still at the Alfred sewage lagoons on the 26th, a
Greater Scaup, 4 Lesser Scaup and a White-winged Scoter on the Ottawa River
between Britannia and Shirley's Bay on the 27th, and 1st record of 6
White-winged Scoters at Constance Bay during the Dunrobin-Breckenridge
Christmas Bird Count on the 30th.  Both a Common Loon and a Double-crested
Cormorant were still on the river on the 27th, however the immense flock of
at least 30,000 Snow Geese near Casselman has not been reported since the
25th and has likely moved on.

Other birds of interest included the following:

Two adult Bald Eagles were seen again near the heronry on the Ottawa Duck
Club property west of Shirley's Bay on the 27th, and other raptors reported
over the past week have included several late Northern Harriers, as well as
American Kestrels and Merlins in various locations. Two Snowy Owls were
hunting at dusk over the field along Eagleson Rd. between Fallowfield and
Richmond Rds. on the 28th.

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker has been coming to a suet feeder
in a backyard at #47 Evergreen Dr. in Bell's Corners for the past 2 weeks,
and continues to be a regular visitor as of the 31st. There is no need to
enter the property as it backs onto a wooded area with a public trail which
may be accessed by a public right-of-way at the left side of the house. The
property owners are aware that this is a species of interest to local
birders, but PLEASE be respectful of the owners as well as the bird.

Both American Three-toed and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS continue to haunt the
Kerwin Rd. trail area but a lot of work is evidently still required to
locate them. A Northern Flicker was in the Britannia Conservation area on
the 31st, and a Carolina Wren returned to a backyard feeder on
Cote-des-Neiges Rd. in Nepean on the 30th, after, in typically Carolina
Wren-like fashion, not being seen for nearly a month. A Northern Mockingbird
was still present in the Blossom Park neighbourhood at the southwest end of
Autumnwood St. off Mory St. on the 29th, and was NOT visiting a feeder but
rather a coniferous shrub decorated with blue Christmas lights. A
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was seen again in the Britannia Conservation
Area near the western entrance to the "ridge trail" along Cassels St. on the
27th, and a White-crowned Sparrow was still at the Hilda Rd. feeders by
Shirley's Bay on the 30th.

Thanks to everyone for your reports in 2006,
and here's to a great New Year of Good Birding in 2007!

- End transcript

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