[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 26May08... Mute Swan, American Golden-Plover, Arctic Tern, Shorebirds

Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
Tue May 27 11:16:49 EDT 2008


* Ontario
* Ottawa/Gatineau
* 26 May 2008
* ONOT0805.26

- Birds mentioned

Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Peregrine Falcon
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Glaucous Gull
Black Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Cape May Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Canada Warbler
Red Crossbill
Evening Grosbeak

- Transcript

hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 26 May 2008
Number: 613-860-9000
For the status line PRESS * (star)
To report bird sightings, PRESS 1 (one)
Rare bird alerts are now included in the introductory message
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.

A very active week for migrants, breeders, and a few "uncommoners" for this
time of year in the Ottawa area.

Unusual (and rather out of place) for the 3rd week of May were an
immature MUTE SWAN and a rare-in-spring AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at
the Alfred lagoons on the 26th, a male Surf Scoter and a Glaucous Gull at
the large quarry pond on Moodie Dr. on the 21st, and a Horned Grebe at
the Embrun sewage lagoons on the 24th and 25th.  A couple of Greater
Yellowlegs at the Embrun and St. Albert lagoons were very late migrants on
the 25th, as was a Pectoral Sandpiper in the small ponds along March Valley
Rd. west of Klondike Rd. on the 24th. A report of 2 ARCTIC TERNS at Shirley's
Bay on the 20th was on the early side, but now is certainly the beginning of
the time for their almost annual flight up the Ottawa River during dynamic
weather conditions.

The habitat at Embrun and St. Albert was attractive for shorebirds on the
25th, with Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper in
the majority, along with a few Wilson's Phalarope and Dunlin. Two Black Terns
flew over St. Albert the same day. The March Valley ponds hosted 8 species
during the week including Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, the late
Pectoral, and one each of White-rumped Sandpiper and Dunlin select.
Showers on the morning of the 26th brought in a lot of shorebirds to the
Alfred lagoons, with perhaps 1,000 individuals including 11 Black-bellied
Plovers, the aforementioned AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, approx. 200
Semipalmated, numerous Least, a few White-rumped Sandpipers and
approx. 100 Short-billed Dowitchers.

Good news on the breeding front: The resident pair of Peregrine Falcons has
re-nested after losing their first clutch and are tending 3 eggs on the Crowne
Plaza Hotel as of at least May 6th, and a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers
has returned for their 7th consecutive year to their breeding area in
Constance Bay and were first reported on the 17th.

Passerine migration remained very active throughout the past week, with
several species still moving through.  A Gray-cheeked Thrush and a couple
of Swainson's Thrushes were observed in the woods along Island Park Dr. on
the 25th along with several species of warblers and a large influx of Cedar
Waxwings. The Britannia Conservation Area was still busy over the past week,
with the first reports of Eastern Wood-Pewee and Blackpoll Warbler among
many other migrants and residents. A Philadelphia Vireo and an
unexpected Golden-crowned Kinglet were seen at Britannia on the 25th, and
Yellow-throated and Philadelphia Vireos were also noted near the
Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park on the 24th. A visit to the Larose forest
on the 25th revealed 17 species of breeding warblers with the highlights
being Cape May, Mourning and Canada, as well as Blue-headed Vireo,
Evening Grosbeak, and the first local report of Alder Flycatcher. Red
Crossbills were seen again in Larose  - 25 were feeding on spruce cones on
the 26th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

- End transcript

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