[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 05 May 10 - weekly update

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Wed May 5 07:40:36 EDT 2010


Ontario/Quebec
Ottawa/Gatineau
05 May 2010

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


A significant movement of expected migrants occurred over the past week, as
well as a few unexpected individuals. A spectacular male YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD showed up in a backyard in the Queenswood Heights area of Orleans
on the 27th but has not been reported since the 28th, and an incredibly
early BLACKPOLL WARBLER  in the Britannia Conservation Area on the 2nd
coincided with other observations south of our area.

The main thrust of  waterfowl migration has wound down, although many CANADA
GEESE are still around and moving through, and mainly local breeding ducks
were reported from several locations. A couple of  COMMON
GOLDENEYE and BUFFLEHEAD were still on the Ottawa River at Shirley's Bay on
the 2nd, and a male hybrid COMMON X BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was reported from the
Quebec side of the Deschenes rapids on April 29th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen at Marais aux Grenouillettes near Masson, Quebec, on
the 30th, and AMERICAN BITTERN, GREEN HERON and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
were all found in traditional breeding areas as were VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA,
and COMMON MOORHEN. A flight of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS was noted, with several
individuals seen heading north from the 27th to the 2nd. MERLINS were again
spotted in a wide variety of urban and suburban locations, performing their
distinctive vocal and flight displays.

Despite the excellent shorebird habitat along the Ottawa River and some of
the eastern sewage lagoons, species and numbers have so far been only
minimal. Recent observations included only a few KILLDEER, SOLITARY and
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a smattering of GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and
WILSON'S SNIPE, an UPLAND SANDPIPER near Franktown and Dwyer Hill Rds., and
2 pairs of WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Embrun lagoons.

At the Trail Rd. landfill on the 30th there were 6 species of gulls
including single very late lingering ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS as well as
(again) an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL; single ICELAND and GLAUCOUS
(perhaps the same individuals) were also seen at the Deschenes rapids on the
2nd. At least three COMMON TERNS were back at Shirley's Bay as of the 2nd,
and the first local report of CHIMNEY SWIFTS came in on the 30th.

Lots of action on the passerine front certainly livened up the local
landscape. GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED, WARBLING and RED-EYED
VIREO, HOUSE WREN, WOOD THRUSH and GRAY CATBIRD are all back.  A NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD was somewhat elusive at Shirley's Bay on the 2nd, but BROWN
THRASHERS and CEDAR WAXWINGS are now widespread. An AMERICAN PIPIT flew over
Shirley's Bay on the 1st.

Thirteen species of warblers have now been reported, with NASHVILLE, YELLOW,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN
REDSTART and OVENBIRD new since the 30th. No doubt many more species will be
reported soon. EASTERN TOWHEES are back on territory in the Carp hills, and
seven breeding species of sparrows were singing in their typical habitats on
the weekend, with only CLAY-COLOURED and GRASSHOPPER yet to arrive.  A major
influx of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS was noted on the 1st, a couple of
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were seen at Britannia on the 2nd, and single RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were present at Shirley's Bay and Britannia on the 4th.

Thank you - Good Birding!








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