[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 16 Jun 09 - weekly update

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Jun 16 18:00:26 EDT 2009

17 June 2009

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

At 5:45 pm, Tuesday June 16, 2009 this is Chris Lewis reporting.

Reports from local ventures last week revealed not much in the way of news,
but indicated that most of our locally common (and some not so common) birds
are doing well.

The downtown Peregrine Falcon Watch began on June 7th and so far lots of
activity has been noted among the adults and the 2 young, but no maiden
flights have yet been reported. Volunteers are still very much needed to
monitor the offspring. Please contact Nancy Scott at
ottawa.falconwatch at gmail.com or 613-946-7847 or 613-253-1490.
You may also contact falcon watch coordinator Eve Ticknor at
edticknor at sympatico.ca or 613-737-7551.

Wetland species were well represented with Green Heron, Virginia Rail, Alder
and Willow Flycatcher, Marsh Wren and other expected denizens of marshy
places reported from the Dunrobin area and the trail off Corkstown Rd. and
Moodie Dr. near the Nortel complex. On the Quebec side, a Great Egret put in
another appearance at the west end of Marais des Laiches on the 14th and 4
Upland Sandpipers were seen along Hwy 50 between Gatineau airport and Rue
Laurentides the same day. An Upland Sandpiper and a Red-headed Woodpecker
were also noted again in traditional breeding areas near Constance Bay on
the 13th.

The Carp Hills along the Thomas Dolan Parkway were again productive for
Black-billed Cuckoo, Golden-winged Warbler and Eastern Towhee on the
weekend. Reports of woodland species in several locations included
Red-shouldered and Broad-winged Hawk as well as Brown Creeper, Veery, Hermit
Thrush, several common flycatchers, vireos and warblers, Scarlet Tanager,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting and Purple Finch. Recent visits to
the Larose Forest produced 16 breeding species of warblers as well as an
uncommon rufous morph Ruffed Grouse with young, a singing male Lincoln's
Sparrow, and a handful of Evening Grosbeaks on the 13th.

The fields south of the international airport continue to be alive with
sparrows including Clay-coloured, Field, Vesper and Grasshopper.
Black-billed Cuckoo and Eastern Bluebird were also reported from this area
and a Northern Mockingbird was seen in flight near the airport on the 13th.
Red-winged Blackbirds were, as usual, aggressively chasing off anything near
their territory - even innocent passersby such as local Turkey Vultures. And
after a very lively season for Pine Siskins, these finches have now become
conspicious by their absence.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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