[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 14Oct07... Eared Grebe, Sandhill Crane, Gray Partridge

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Sun Oct 14 20:38:17 EDT 2007


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 14 October 2007
* ONOT0710.14

- Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 14 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


This is Chris reporting.

The definite highlight of the week was the discovery of 6 EARED GREBES at
the Alfred sewage lagoons.  They were 1st reported on Oct. 10th but were
evidently present for a few days previous to that date. At least 5 of them
were seen in the eastern cell of the lagoons on the 13th. Access to the
lagoons is restricted, but please note that there is an observation tower on
the south side of the lagoons which has excellent views of the ponds, and is
FREE to everyone.

Waterfowl numbers continue to build on the Ottawa River and other wet
areas.  Among the 23 species reported from various locations this week were
a group of 40 Brant that briefly dropped in off Andrew Haydon Park on the
8th, 2 blue-morph Snow Geese at the large pond along Moodie Dr. south of
Trail Rd. on the 14th, increasing rafts of Greater & Lesser Scaup on the
Ottawa River, and a pair of Redhead with almost countless numbers of
Ruddy Ducks at the Alfred lagoons. Scattered groups of scoters were also
observed on the river on the 14th including up to 25 Surf, and 3 each of
White-winged and Black Scoters between Andrew Haydon Park and Shirley's

On the 8th, a covey of 4 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen along Barnsdale Rd. near
Twin Elm Rd., and a larger group of approx. 15 were in a field along Giroux
Rd. east of Frank Kenny Rd. on the 11th. A single Common Moorhen and
cornucopia of American Coots (i.e. a lot of them!) were also at the Alfred
lagoons on the 13th. The fall gathering of SANDHILL CRANES has increased
exponentially over the week - so far the highest count was of 46 birds on the
13th,  in the cornfields along the west side of Milton Rd. northeast of
Carlsbad Springs. Eight species of shorebirds in our area this weekend
included several Black-bellied Plovers, 5 Semipalmated, 1 White-rumped, 2
Dunlin and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers on the beach at Andrew Haydon, and at
least 40 Killdeer, a Dunlin, 11 Pectoral Sandpipers and 9 Wilson's Snipe at the
Richmond sewage lagoons on the 14th. Scanning the gulls on the river and
the Moodie Dr. pond continues to produce Lesser Black-backed Gulls almost
every time.

Nothing new in songbird reports. Large numbers of American Pipits remain in
our region, single Orange-crowned Warblers were seen at Dick Bell Park and
the Britannia Conservation Area on the 8th, and good numbers of our
common migrating sparrows, including White-crowned Sparrows and
Dark-eyed Juncos are still moving through.

The 13th annual Ottawa-Gatineau Fall Bird Count will be held this coming
weekend, Oct 20 -21st.  To participate on the Ontario side, please contact
Eve Ticknor at 613-737-7551 or e-mail sandbird at magma.ca.  For the Quebec
side, please contact Garry McNulty at 819-684-9861 or e-mail
gmcnulty at videotron.ca

Thank you - Good Birding!

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