[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 08Oct07... Greater White-fronted Goose, Ross's Goose, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Tue Oct 9 11:48:57 EDT 2007


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 08 October 2007
* ONOT0710.08

- Birds mentioned

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Palm Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 08 October 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

THE OFNC BIRD STATUS LINE @ 7:00 pm, Monday Oct. 8, 2007

This is Chris Lewis reporting.

Our amazing summer-like weather ended abruptly with rain, thunderstorms
and a major cool-down for the Thanksgiving weekend.  Waterfowl gathering
season is now fully upon us, with huge flocks of Canada Geese
congregating just about everywhere that there is free food & open water.
Among them were a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the large quarry pond
on Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. on the 2nd, and a juvenile ROSS'S GOOSE - 1st
discovered at the Bruce Pit on Cedarview Rd. on the 1st, subsequently seen
at the Moodie Dr. pond, and most recently at the Richmond lagoons off
Eagleson Rd. until at least the 5th.  A Cackling Goose was in a field along
Eagleson Rd. south of Rushmore Rd. on the 2nd. The Moodie Dr. pond this
week also hosted a single Brant . Seven Redhead and a large raft of mostly
Lesser Scaup were seen at Shirley's Bay on the 7th. Also on the morning of
the 7th, another movement of sea-ducks was observed on the Ottawa River
with 12 male Surf, 62 male White-winged and 17 male Black Scoters making
an appearance off Dick Bell Park, along with 4 Long-tailed Ducks.

Single Red-throated Loons were seen on the Ottawa River at Constance Bay
on the 1st and Dick Bell on the 7th. On the morning of the 5th two Sandhill
Cranes flew over Carling Avenue near Rifle Rd. and a dozen were in the
cornfields on the west side of Milton Rd. northeast of Carlsbad Springs on the
7th. Two Peregrine Falcons were seen heading south over Andrew Haydon
on the morning of the 6th, and both a Peregrine and a Merlin were hunting
shorebirds on the mud flats at this location on the 7th - among their targets
were several Black-bellied Plovers, 2 American Golden Plovers, a
Semipalmated Plover, and a mixed flock of mainly Dunlin, with a few
Sanderlings and Pectoral Sandpipers.  Small numbers of Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs are still around in various locations, a single juvenile Long-billed
Dowitcher was at the Moodie Dr. pond until at least the 2nd and another
(perhaps the same bird) on the west side of the Shirley's Bay causeway on
the 4th and 5th.  Nine Bonaparte's Gulls were feeding below the Deschenes
rapids on the 8th, and a probable record high number for Ottawa of 27
Lesser Black-backed Gulls were counted at the Moodie Dr. pond and
surrounding area on the 2nd.

Noteworthy passerines included Eastern Bluebirds along Earl Armstrong south
of the International Airport, single Orange-crowned Warblers and Palm
Warblers along the Ottawa River since the 1st, an eastern or  "yellow" race
Palm Warbler at Shirley's Bay near the boat launch on the 4th and 5th, the
1st seasonal reports of Fox Sparrow from the 1st onward, and a Nelson's
Sharp-tailed Sparrow in the vegetation along the mud flats at the east end
of Andrew Haydon on both the 1st and 2nd. Winter Wrens, Golden-crowned
and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, as well as numerous American Pipits,
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows continue to move through.

And finally, a large flock of Wild Turkeys stopped traffic along Franktown Rd.
south of Richmond in the early part of last week - a protest march against
Thanksgiving dinner?  Or just another bunch of turkeys running for the
upcoming provincial election...?

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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