[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 08 Sept 08 - Am. White Pelican (not since 01 Sept.), Red Knot, other migrants

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Mon Sep 8 06:51:40 EDT 2008

08 September 2008

Birds mentioned:

waterfowl (low numbers & no noteworthy species)
Wild Turkey
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
American Pipit
warbler (17 spp.) including:
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler

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Compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca

At 7:00 am, Monday September 8, 2008, this is Chris Lewis reporting.

Fall migration continues to progess at a somewhat leisurely pace.

Two juvenile RED KNOTS were feeding along the now slightly more exposed shoreline at Andrew Haydon Park on Sept. 6th and one was still here on the morning of the 7th. A Sanderling was seen at both the east and west ends of the park on the 6th. Other shorebirds at Andrew Haydon on the weekend were a couple of Semipalmated Plovers, a Solitary Sandpiper and a few Lesser Yellowlegs. A perusal of some of the sod farms south of Ottawa on the 7th produced several Killdeer and 3 American Golden Plovers. On the 7th, a few Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Semipalmated, 6 Least, 1Pectoral and 1Stilt Sandpiper were still present in the storm water management pond at Eagleson and Fernbank Rds. as well as 2 Baird's Sandpipers.

On Sept. 4th a combined total of 17 species of warblers was seen at the Britannia Conservation Area and the woods at Shirley's Bay including Tennessee, Northern Parula,
Yellow, Magnolia, Cape May, Blackpoll, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson's and Canada. Philadelphia Vireos were also reported from both locations the same day, and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen again on the 7th. Three American Pipits flew over Andrew Haydon Park on the 7th.

Waterfowl numbers remain very low with no new species reported, but it's still early in the season before the larger gatherings begin in earnest.  A single Wild Turkey was seen near the parking lot of the Old Quarry Trail in Kanata on Sept. 2nd. The most recent report of the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at the Moodie Dr. quarry pond was from the 1st. The GREAT EGRET at the Moodie Dr. site was last seen on August 30th but 2 were seen at Shirley's Bay on Sept. 4th. Three species of herons continue to be seen regularly at Mud Lake in Britannia with 2 Green Herons and up to 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons noted on the 4th.

Recent raptor reports included the following: On the 7th an immature Bald Eagle was still hanging around the Moodie Dr. pond, and another was observed on the Ottawa River at Andrew Haydon Park dragging a juvenile Ring-billed Gull over the water. The fields south of the international airport produced 2 Northern Harriers and 8 American Kestrels on the 7th. Individual Peregrine Falcons were seen in downtown Ottawa and at the Moodie Dr. quarry pond on the 6th, and 2 Merlins were hunting at Britannia on the 4th.

Very few birds and virtually no waterfowl were seen the Moodie Dr. pond on the 7th, however at least 12 Bonaparte's Gulls were still here. Please remember that this location is an active sand and gravel quarry on private property. Most of the pond can be viewed from the road, so please do not cross the gate.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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