[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 10 March 09 - early spring arrivals

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Mar 10 08:34:39 EDT 2009

10 March 2009

Birds mentioned:

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Bald Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Brown Creeper
American Robin
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Siskin

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Coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Canada National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. 
Compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca

At 8:30 am, Tuesday March 10, 2009 this is Chris Lewis reporting.

Inklings of spring have begun to arrive, prompted by the milder weather over 
the past few days. Approx. 250 - 300 Snow Geese were reported heading east 
from the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary in Morrisburg on March 7th. Small 
groups of Canada Geese have been seen in many locations since the 6th, and 
Ring-billed Gulls, American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds as usual wasted 
no time in announcing their arrival as well. A male Green-winged Teal was a 
newcomer among the common wintering ducks on the Rideau River in Manotick on 
the 9th, and an interesting report of 2 TRUMPETER SWANS came from the 
Mississippi River near Carleton Place on the 6th - no specific location was 
given, and the birds were not seen the next day but may still be in the 

A few Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkeys were spotted in a variety of locations, 
4 Bald Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles were seen the the Eardley-Masham / Steele 
Line area of the Gatineau hills on the 9th, and Rough-legged Hawks have 
begun to move north again; reports came from agricultural areas east of 
Ottawa and on the Quebec side since the 6th. Apart from the Ring-billed 
Gulls that are now checking out their nesting sites on the Ottawa River and 
the local fast food parking lots, at least 2 Iceland and 5 Glaucous Gulls 
were among a large congregation of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls at 
the Trail Rd. landfill and the adjacent (still ice-covered) quarry pond on 
Moodie Dr. on the 5th, and a couple of both species of "white-winged" gulls 
were also noted on the Ottawa River at Deschenes, Quebec, on the 7th.

A female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the woods behind the Nortel campus at 
Carling Ave. and Moodie Dr. was still present on the 9th. The most recent 
report of the VARIED THRUSH near Watson's Corners comes from the 3rd. Brown 
Creepers have been increasingly reported, Bohemian Waxwings are still 
around, and a handful of Cedar Waxwings appeared near the Clyde Ave. woods 
on the 7th. Dark-eyed Juncos were spotted in the Britannia Conservation Area 
and elsewhere over the past week, 2 Hoary Redpolls have been fairly regular 
at the new feeders on Hilda Rd. by Shirley's Bay, and Common Redpolls and 
Pine Siskins continue to be common at many local feeders.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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