[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 30Jul07... American White Pelican, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Warblers

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Thu Aug 2 20:53:11 EDT 2007


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 30 July 2007
* ONOT0707.30

- Birds mentioned

Canada Goose
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-throated Vireo
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Scarlet Tanager
Lincoln's Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
White-winged Crossbill

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 30 July 2007
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.

Several good reports came in over the past week, mainly indicators of
post-breeding dispersal, but also a few surprises.  A "odd goose" seen with
Canada Geese at Westboro Beach on the Ottawa River on the 21st was
most likely a domestic hybrid, based on the observer's description. A
photograph of an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in adult summer plumage
appeared on the Club des Ornithologues de l'Outaouais web site - this bird
was evidently at Parc National du Plaisance on the 22nd, but unfortunately
no other information was received.  Also on the Quebec side, at the
Ring-billed Gull colony in the Deschenes rapids, there were 2 juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Herons on the 27th, one was at the Casselman
sewage lagoons the same day, and on the 29th an adult Bald Eagle flew
over the Rockcliffe Parkway. Also in Quebec, north of the 50km circle, 3
Sandhill Cranes were seen near Venosta south of Kazabazua on the 24th.

The water on the Ottawa River remains very high, with Spotted Sandpiper
the only shorebird species noted at Andrew Haydon Park and other river
locations.  However the 1st cell at the Almonte sewage lagoons had good
habitat on the 28th and shorebirds here included 3 Semipalmated Plovers,
36 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 adult Pectoral and 1 adult Stilt Sandpiper,
and 4 adult Short-billed Dowitchers.  Fourteen adult and 1 juvenile
Bonaparte's Gulls were feeding below the Deschenes rapids on the 28th, a
single Bonaparte's Gull was at the Casselman lagoons on the 27th, 4
Common Terns were at Andrew Haydon Park also on the 27th and 17 were
at Shirley's Bay the following day.

A rare-in-Ottawa Yellow-billed Cuckoo came face-to-face with a golfing
birder at The Marshes golf course in Kanata on the morning of the 23rd
(demonstrating that golf and birding can be compatible summer activities).
The pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers at the Constance Bay burn site have
at least 2 fledged young - this is their 6th consecutive successful breeding
season here. A visit to the Low-Poltimore Rd. at the northern edge of the 50K
on the 22nd produced Northern Goshawk and Barred Owl, a surprisingly
vocal OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a White-winged Crossbill.

Two separate visits to the Lac Philippe area of Gatineau Park on the 29th
also proved successful - a singing Yellow-throated Vireo was tracked down
and well-seen along the Lusk Lake Trail.  Along the main trail, 10 warbler
species included Cape May and several family groups of Blackburnian
Warblers.  Other post-breeding warblers species in Gatineau Park as well as
along the Ottawa River were Tennessee, Yellow, Bay-breasted,
Black-and-white, American Redstart and Northern Waterthrush. A singing
male Northern Parula has been present on a property in Carp since the 21st,
Lincoln's Sparrows were found in Gatineau Park on the 22nd and 29th, and
other songbirds on the move at the Britannia Conservation Area on the 28th
included Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager and Baltimore Oriole.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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