[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 26Aug07... Whimbrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Long-tailed Jaeger, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Fri Aug 31 16:26:47 EDT 2007


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 26 August 2007
* ONOT0708.26

- Birds mentioned

Ruddy Duck
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Black-bellied Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Common Nighthawk
Least Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
White-winged Crossbill
Evening Grosbeak

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 26 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


Summary of Bird Status Line Report for Monday, August 20, 2007, with
additional sightings up to Sunday, August 26, 2007.

Note: this is not a transcript of the actual recorded message.

Northerly winds for the week up to August 20th and unsettled weather for
the following week resulted in good birding, primarily from two traditional
hotspots: the Mud Lake conservation area in Britannia and Shirley's Bay.

Britannia has been especially productive with reports of 21 species of
warbler, 5 vireos, numerous swallows, Least Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers,
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles.  Highlights include a
White-winged Crossbill (August 13th), Evening Grosbeak (the 18th),
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (the18th and 25th), and a Yellow-throated 
Vireo (the 19th).
20 Bonaparte's Gull were observed over the Deschenes Rapids on the 19th.

Evening reports include as many as 10 Common Nighthawks and at least 2
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS observed from the ridge at Britannia.

Shirley's Bay and the Andrew Haydon Park continue to be the only areas
with really good shorebird habitat.  Highlights include a Red Knot, a
Black-bellied Plover, a Short-billed Dowitcher and White-rumped Sandpiper
at Shirley's Bay on August 15th.  A Sanderling, a Stilt Sandpiper and Baird's
Sandpipers (maximum 5 on the 24th) were present at Shirley's Bay between
August 21th and 24th.  2 Black-bellied Plovers were also present on August
24th and a Sanderling, a Baird's and a White-rumped Sandpiper were
present on the 25th.  Throughout this period Merlins, a Peregrine Falcon and
a Northern Harrier have been patrolling Shirley's Bay.

Land birding has been good on the walk into Shirley's Bay, including a
Philadelphia Vireo (August 19th), a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (the 22nd) and a
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (the 24th) and numerous warbler species.  Yet
another YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in the woodlot northwest of
Tunney's Pasture on the 22nd.

Other shorebird reports include WHIMBREL heard flying overhead on both the 24th
(Constance Bay) and the 26th (Britannia).  A Ruddy Turnstone and 6
Sanderlings of the end of Scrivens Street on the 25th and 6 Short-billed
Dowitchers at the west end of Andrew Haydon Park also on 25th.

A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was reported from below the Deschenes Rapids on
August 25th.  It was last seen flying west along the Aylmer shoreline and
could not be relocated.

Great Egrets seem to be everywhere with 2 at Shirley's Bay, beginning on
August 19th, 3 at Bruce Pit and one at Andrew Haydon Park on August 25th.
Yet another Great Egret was at the large Wet area along Moodie Drive on
the 13th.  30+ Ruddy Ducks and Redhead were observed here on the 14th.
Finally, the was a subadult Bald Eagle observed flying over Carling Avenue
near the Nortel complex on August 19th.

Bernie Ladouceur

- End transcript

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