[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 10 Feb 10 - recent sightings

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Wed Feb 10 07:00:27 EST 2010

10 February 2010

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

Wednesday February 10, 2010: this is Chris Lewis reporting.

The local birding scene has been pretty much status quo over the past 2 
weeks - in other words, very quiet. The most interesting report was of a 
WILSON'S SNIPE that has apparently been wintering near a small creek west of 
Quyon, Quebec; it was most recently seen on the 8th. A CAROLINA WREN remains 
faithful to a property on Rue Millar in Hull, Quebec as of the 7th, and a 
BROWN THRASHER was seen again in the same general area on the 3rd. Another 
CAROLINA WREN was spotted at a feeder in the Manor Park area of Ottawa back 
on the 28th.

Although there have been no recent updates on the whereabouts of BARROW'S 
GOLDENEYES on the Ottawa or Rideau Rivers, the four reported last month are 
likely still present. A HOODED MERGANSER continues to hang out below the 
rapids in Deschenes, Quebec and a few COMMON MERGANSERS can be seen here and 
there in open areas of the Rideau River. A few WILD TURKEYS were again noted 
below the Eardley escarpment in the Gatineau hills, and sightings of BALD 
EAGLES were reported from widespread locations on both the Ontario and 
Quebec sides. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew over Hwy 417 near Walkely Rd. on the 
2nd, a single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the Trail Rd. landfill on the 31st, 
and one or more PEREGRINE FALCONS are still frequenting the Tunney's 
Pasture, Carlington and Carlingwood neighburhoods. At the Trail Rd. landfill 
last week there were at least 12 GLAUCOUS and 1 ICELAND GULL, and a dump on 
Lafleche Rd. east of Casselman has also been a good spot for gull-watching 
with 15 GLAUCOUS and 3 ICELAND noted on the 6th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE in the Carling Ave. / Moodie Dr. area was seen again on 
the 2nd. The Britannia Conservation Area remains a haven for several 
AMERICAN ROBINS as well as a group of 5 CEDAR WAXWINGS that have been here 
since at least the 24th of January. Approx. 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen 
near Shirley's Bay on the 6th.

Visits to the Eardley-Masham and Steele Rds. in the Gatineau hills early 
this week revealed once again that there are very few birds in the bush; the 
only highlights were 5 BALD EAGLES on a deer carcass on the 9th, an adult 
GOLDEN EAGLE spotted from Therien Rd. on the 7th, and 8 PURPLE FINCHES and 
about a dozen EVENING GROSBEAKS at a feeder, also on the 9th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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