[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 12Aug07... Long-tailed Jaeger

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Mon Aug 13 12:33:36 EDT 2007


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 12 August 2007
* ONOT0708.12

- Birds mentioned

Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 12 August 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.

Obviously the highlight of the week (and of the year so far) was an adult
LONG-TAILED JAEGER discovered on the Ottawa River at the east end of
Andrew Haydon Park on the morning of August 11th. This is the 1st time this
species has been seen in Ottawa in nearly 30 years, and it is the 1st August
record for our area. The bird put on excellent shows all day yesterday
between Britannia Bay and Dick Bell Park and was still present today until at
least mid-morning, chasing everything from Great Blue Herons to Ring-billed
Gulls and even a Caspian Tern.

The water levels on the Ottawa River continue to go down, providing
excellent feeding habitat for shorebirds. 10 species were seen on the 11th.
The only new addition since last week at Shirley's Bay was a juvenile
White-rumped Sandpiper on the 12th, and the numbers of Semipalmated
Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers and Wilson's Snipe have
definitely increased. Duck numbers have also been increasing on the river
and sightings this past weekend included Wood Duck, American Wigeon,
Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal and Hooded
Merganser.   A male and 2 female Redhead were at the large quarry pond
along Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. on the 12th, as well as at least 30 Ruddy
Ducks.  Soras were noted at Shirley's Bay and Dick Bell Park, several
Bonaparte's Gulls and Common Terns continue to be seen along the river,
and an adult Caspian Tern seen at Shirley's Bay on the 11th is most likely the
same bird that the Jaeger was chasing at Andrew Haydon Park the next

Other reports of interest were a family group of 3 Black-crowned
Night-Herons at the Bruce Pit off Cedarview Rd. on the 12th, and a juvenile
Red-necked Phalarope at the Casselman sewage lagoons on the morning
of the 11th. There have been no reports of migrant songbirds other than the
local breeding species...hopefully more to come as the season progresses!

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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