[Ontbirds]Ottawa: Lesser Black-backed Gulls and late species

Bruce Di Labio bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Thu Jan 4 19:01:24 EST 2007

Hello Ont. Birders,
Hope you are enjoying the mild conditions in Ontario. It certainly has 
shifted the number and species we normally observe in Jan. With the Ottawa 
River still wide open, except for some shoreline ice in protected bays, I 
observed a good variety of water birds, that are usually absent/or in low 
numbers, during this time of year. Today, between the Champlain Bridge and 
Shirley's Bay, I observed 5 Lesser Scaup, 1 Greater Scaup, 3 Ring-necked 
Duck, 1 Bufflehead and 1 male Wood Duck. Yesterday, in the same area and in 
addition to the above, I observed 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Red-breasted 
Mergansers and an immature Double-crested Cormorant. Also, 2 adult Bald 
Eagles were found at Shirley's Bay.
With the continuing mild conditions, today, I did a  roost count of gulls 
off Andrew Haydon Park from 3:00-4:45 p.m. I was amazed at the number of 
gulls coming into the river to roost for the evening. In  total, 7 species 
were observed including Herring Gull (7,000+), Great Black-backed Gull 
(1650+), Ring-billed Gull (175+), Glaucous Gull (27), Iceland Gull (11), 
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 adults) and 1 first winter Thayer's Gull. These 
numbers are unprecedented in January. At South March, near the corner of 
March Rd. & Klondike Rd (just east along Klondike), a Great Blue Heron was 
feeding in the creek. It has been present since Dec. 30th. The White-crowned 
Sparrow was still present at the Hilda Road feeders this afternoon. A quick 
check along Kerwin Rd. today, produced 0 three-toed woodpeckers but a few 
male White-winged Crossbills were displaying.
If you require additional information, please email me privately.
Happy New Year & Great Birding,

Bruce Di Labio
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