[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 04 Aug 08...Great Egrets, White-winged Crossbills, no shorebirds

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Mon Aug 4 17:47:54 EDT 2008

04 August 2008

Brids mentioned:

Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Sandhill Crane
Bonaparte's Gull
Common Tern

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At 5:45 PM, Monday August 4, 2008, this is Chris Lewis reporting.

A doldrummy week with very few reports; the only headliners were GREAT EGRETS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. Since July 29th, individual GREAT EGRETS have been reported from three different locations - the ponds along Eagleson Rd. north of Hope Side Rd. in Kanata, the end of Vanier St. in Deschenes, Quebec, and the High Falls Conservation Area in Casselman. The latter two were seen on the 2nd and 3rd of August. This is the time of year when, in recent years, Great Egrets have often begun to show up in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, most likely post-breeding dispersal from breeding colonies elsewhere in the province.

Flocks of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue to be seen in diverse locations. Over 50 were in the Qualicum Graham Park neighbourhood on the 27th and 3rd, and a group of 13 were flying around and feeding on spruce cones at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden on the 2nd.

Other reports of interest included a Green Heron at the corner of Queen Elizabeth Drive and 4th Ave. near downtown Ottawa on the 28th and a Black-crowned Night-Heron on the Rideau Canal near the Fletcher Wildlife Garden on the 1st. Reports of juvenile Merlins came from both the west and east ends of the city, 3 Bonaparte's Gulls were with 25 Common Terns at the large quarry pond on Moodie Dr. south of Trail Rd. on the 1st, and a couple of Sandhill Cranes were seen again on the 28th north of Burritt's Rapids. The sightings of these cranes have been sporadic since late June, and they may be the same couple that was seen farther west near Perth on the 25th.

Shorebird reports were non-existent this week, and recent visits to the eastern lagoons as well as the Winchester and Almonte lagoons indicated that the water is very high in all of the ponds, with poor feeding habitat.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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