[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 24 May 09 - weekly update

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Wed Jun 24 06:56:58 EDT 2009

24 May 2009

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At 7:00 am, Wednesday May 24, 2009 this is Chris Lewis reporting.

It was a week of typically slow summer birding, but with a few surprises.
WESTERN MEADOWLARKS in Quebec were the local highlights - one was discovered
on June 21st along Lac des Loups Rd. north of Quyon and was still present as
of the 23rd, and another found farther west along the Ottawa River on Ile
aux Allumettes a few weeks ago was also seen again on the 23rd.

The first of the two young Peregrine Falcons successfully fledged from the
nest on the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Ottawa on the 16th and the 2nd
took flight on the 21st. Updates on the Peregrines' progress can be found
on the OFNC web site at www.ofnc.ca To volunteer for the Falcon Watch please
contact Nancy Scott at ottawa.falconwatch at gmail.com or phone 613-946-7847 or
613-253-1490. You may also contact Falcon Watch cordinator Eve Ticknor at
edticknor at sympatico.ca

Back on the 16th a single Snow Goose was a late lingerer at the Embrun
sewage lagoons and a pair of Northern Pintails was a bit of surprise here as
well. Four female Wild Turkeys in a field north of Quyon were surprised by
passersby on the 22nd. Although the small Double-crested Cormorant colony on
the Ottawa River near Lemieux Island remains restricted to one small islet,
the number of nests has grown to at least 18, and a pair of Herring Gulls
among the breeding Ring-billed Gulls at this location remains a mystery -
they have shown up every year since the cormorants started nesting here four
years ago but no young have ever been seen. An adult and a juvenile
Black-crowned Night Heron were seen together at Mud Lake in Britannia on the
21st. An Upland Sandpiper was seen along Ferry Rd. near Fitzroy Harbour on
the 22nd - no real surprise as the habitat is ideal for this species.

Many of our breeding songbirds were again widely reported, and it seems that
Pine Siskins are not gone yet - a few singletons were noted flying over
residential areas, and a couple of loyal customers were still visting
feeders in Cumberland last week.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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