[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 21 Apr 09 - ROSS'S GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, GREAT EGRET and more

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Apr 21 10:50:47 EDT 2009

21 April 2009

Birds mentioned:

Snow Goose
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Pipit
Bohemian Waxwing
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Meadowlark
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 10:45am, Tuesday April 21, 2009 this is Chris Lewis reporting.

Predominantly north and east winds did not deter migration, with many new 
species reported over the past week.

A single immature Snow Goose was seen along Frank Kenny Rd. south of Navan 
on the 18th, and a ROSS'S GOOSE was discovered the same day a bit farther 
west along Milton Rd. Another ROSS'S GOOSE report came in later on the 18th 
from west of Ottawa at Peter Robinson Rd. between March Rd. and Upper Dwyer 
Hill Rd; the west-ender was seen again here on the 19th. All of our expected 
ducks have been back for a couple of weeks and the local breeders are 
settling in to nest. The almost annual appearance of a male EURASIAN WIGEON 
on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River occurred again on the 16th; the bird 
was still present in the bay at Marais des Laiches until at least the 17th.

A large flock of Wild Turkeys included displaying males along Milton Rd. on 
the 18th, a few more Common Loons have been spotted on the Ottawa River, and 
Double-crested Cormorants at Shirley's Bay and Dow's Lake on the 18th and 
19th were the first ones reported since the 5th. The first of season report 
of American Bitterns came from Petrie Island on the 18th and the first local 
report of a GREAT EGRET came from southwest of Carleton Place on or about 
the 15th. Cooper's Hawks were very active in the Britannia and Clyde Ave. 
woods, a male and female American Kestrel have been seen hunting in Hurdman 
Park on a couple of occasions since the end of March, a single kestrel was 
in the Milton Rd. area on the 18th, and Merlins have wasted no time in 
showing off their unmistakable and vocal flight displays in the Carlington 
and Carlingwood neighbourhoods. The downtown pair of Peregrine Falcons now 
have 4 eggs in the nest on the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

American Coots were again noted in the Alfred and Embrun sewage lagoons, 
Sandhill Crane sightings came from Almonte, Navan and Gatineau from the 16th 
to the 19th, new shorebirds since the 17th included Spotted Sandpiper, 
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper, and Wilson's Snipes have been 
widespread for at least the past week.

Additional reports of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebes and Tree 
Swallows continue to come in as well as increased sightings of Barn 
Swallows. Golden-crowned Kinglets are now in their prime migration time, 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets were first noted on the weekend, Eastern Bluebirds are 
now well-established, Hermit Thrushes are slowly arriving with the first 
report from Britannia on the 17th, and a flight of American Pipits occurred 
on the 18th with at least 40 - 50 birds seen at Milton Rd. Although no 
warblers have yet been reported, sparrow migration has definitely picked 
up - Vesper, Savannah, Fox, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows were all found 
in recent days, and there are still lots of Dark-eyed Juncos around. Eastern 
Meadowlarks have been widely reported since last week, and Bohemian Waxwings 
and Pine Siskins continue to be virtually ubiquitous.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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