[Ontbirds] Ottawa- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron & Yellow-headed Blackbird

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Apr 10 19:36:16 EDT 2007

Hello ONTBIRDS people,

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was called in to the OFNC Bird Status Line this afternoon. It was seen yesterday, April 9, @ 4:00 pm on the Rideau Canal below the Arboretum off Prince of Wales Dr., in the water very close to the shore in the small bay or inlet.  The bird was only reported today, and it is not known yet if it is still present.  It was very well-described by the discoverer, Michelle Roderick, who saw it from only a few feet away.

Also, the male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD is still present in Forest Park, Embrun as of yesterday April 9th.


(Yellow-crowned Night-Heron): From Hwy 417 in Ottawa, take exit 121B and go south on Rochester St. until it ends at Carling Avenue.  Right (west) on Carling to Preston Street.  Left (south) at the lights and drive around past Dow's Lake pavilion.  You are now on Prince of Wales Dr.  At the traffic circle, keep left and go around to the entrance to the Arboretum of the Central Experimental farm. There is public parking here.  Walk down to the canal.. There is still ice on the canal, but open water along the edges and in the small bays and creek.  The area was checked from the marshy area south of Dow's Lake to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden below the Hartwell locks this afternoon, but the bird has not been relocated - YET!

(Yellow-headed Blackbird):  From Ottawa take Hwy 417 east to exit #79 (the Crysler/Limoges exit), go south to Rte. 500 west and turn east on this road. The bird has been coming to a feeder at #23 Manitou St. and was also seen in a large cedar hedge on the opposite side of the Street.  The residents at #23 Manitou are very friendly, but there is no need to enter the property to view the bird.

Good spring birding - whenever spring FINALLY arrives!

Chris Lewis
Ottawa, ON
hagenius at primus.ca

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