[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 14 July 09 - summer update

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Jul 14 11:29:20 EDT 2009

14 July 2009

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At 11:30 am, Tuesday July 14, 2009 this is Chris Lewis reporting.

Over the past 2 weeks there were several highlights including the beginnings
of some southbound shorebird migration. Several LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST
SANDPIPERS and a few SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were observed at the Embrun and
St. Albert sewage lagoons from the 8th to the 12th. More unusual for this
time of year in our region was a moulting adult SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER found
at St. Albert on the 9th and still present on the 12th. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER
was seen in the marshes along the Jack Pine Trail on the 8th, and a couple
of GREATER YELLOWLEGS were on the early side at a pond on March Valley
Rd. on the 4th and at the Embrun lagoons on the 12th, as was a PECTORAL
SANDPIPER at the Alfred lagoons on the 14th. On the 12th the Almonte lagoons
hosted numerous KILLDEER and a single LESSER YELLOWLEGS and
LEAST SANDPIPER. On the evening of the 9th, at least 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS
were seen along the Galetta Rd. near Fitzroy Harbour.

In other reports, out-of-season waterfowl included a single SNOW GOOSE at
the Alfred lagoons on the 14th and a BRANT feeding on the lawn at Andrew
Haydon Park as of at least the 13th. A COMMON LOON was in a quarry pond on
Giroux Rd. east of Frank Kenny Rd. on the 8th, a LEAST BITTERN was a
fortunate find in the Constance Creek marsh near the bridge along the Thomas
Dolan Parkway on the 6th and again on the 12th, and several reports of GREEN
HERONS, VIRGINIA RAILS and COMMON MOORHENS with young came in from a wide
variety of locations. Two SANDHILL CRANES flew over the Mer Blue bog
boardwalk on the 11th, and six adults were seen in different locations east
of Ottawa 2 weeks ago.

OSPREYS at several local nests have young. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS,
of which breed in the Ottawa-Gatineau area) were also widely reported. Two
CASPIAN TERNS were catching some good-sized fish in the Ottawa River between
the Fitzroy and Quyon ferry docks on the morning of the 9th, and two COMMON
TERNS were also fishing in the ponds at Andrew Haydon Park on the 13th.

No news in the songbird department, but many local breeding species were
noted during various ventures into our local landscapes.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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