[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 06Apr08... Flood of Migrants, Also Barrow's Goldeneye, Sandhill Crane, Townsend's Solitaire, Lapland Longspur, Gray Partridge
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Tue Apr 8 20:53:42 EDT 2008
* 06 April 2008
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Great Blue Heron
Northern Saw-whet Owl
hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 06 April 2008
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coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
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THE OFNC BIRD STATUS LINE @ 7:00 pm, MONDAY APRIL 7, 2008.
This is Chris Lewis reporting.
Despite below normal temperatures during most of the past week, the
birds want to come back and are arriving pretty much on time. Several
recent excursions to the agricultural fields near Navan and Bourget east
of Ottawa revealed that there is still a lot of snow, no flooding, and very
few waterfowl other than Canada Geese and a few Northern Pintails,
but with the warmer forecast, things could happen very quickly. Greater
Snow Geese are building up along the St. Lawrence River in the Long
Sault and Cornwall areas with approx. 4,000 seen here on April 6th and
they may soon head our way.
Reports from all over the Ottawa-Gatineau area since the 29th included
all the common expected migrants, some in large numbers on the 6th,
as if a gate had suddenly been opened to finally allow them in!
Canada Geese, Great Blue Herons, Turkey Vultures, Northern Harriers,
American Kestrels, Killdeer, Eastern Phoebes, Horned Larks, Tree Swallows,
American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Song Sparrows, Red-winged
Blackbirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, Common Grackles and Brown-headed
Cowbirds are all back in force. The first Ring-necked Ducks and Golden-crowned
Kinglets of the season were spotted along the Rideau River this
week. Three Red-shouldered Hawks were noted in both rural and urban
locations, Merlins have been noted performing courtship displays in at
least 3 urban areas over the past week, and a SANDHILL CRANE flew
over downtown Ottawa heading southeast on the 4th. American
Woodcocks were seen and heard south of Munster Hamlet on the 2nd
and 5th along with a Northern Saw-whet Owl, and a Short-eared Owl
was seen near Carlsbad Springs on the 6th.
A good-sized flock of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings along Rushmore
Rd. on the 6th contained 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS - the first reported this
year. A pair of very wary GRAY PARTRIDGE was also seen nearby. A
Carolina Wren was discovered near the Britannia filtration plant on the
5th, and another was in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood on the 4th along
with a small number of Pine Siskins. Bohemian Waxwings continued to
move through during the week in flocks of up to 150 birds and small
numbers of Pine and Evening Grosbeaks are still around here & there.
Winter "leftovers" included the male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE on the
Rideau River near the Hurdman bridge on the 2nd, a 1st-winter Iceland
Gull at the Trail Rd. landfill on the 6th, the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in
Parkwood Hills on the 3rd, the Tufted Titmouse in Forest Park (Embrun) on
the 5th, and one of our successfully over-wintering Hermit Thrushes was
still at the Hurdman feeders on the 3rd along with a Hoary Redpoll
among approx. 30 Common Redpolls. The ONLY redpoll at the feeders
by Shirley's Bay back on March 30th was a Hoary as well.
Thank you - Good Birding!
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