[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 01 Jun 10 - weekly update

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Jun 1 07:52:45 EDT 2010

01 June 2010

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Another week of mostly very warm and very dry weather brought in a nice
variety of bird sightings.

No real news in the waterfowl dept., although a single SNOW GOOSE was still
at the Alfred lagoons on the 30th, a BRANT was literally on the rocks in the
Deschenes rapids of the Ottawa River on the 28th, and seven WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS were seen on the river north of Petrie Island. AMERICAN BITTERN was
reported from the eastern lagoons and the Constance Creek marsh by the
Thomas Dolan Parkway, and the first local report of LEAST BITTERN came from
Constance Creek on the 29th and 30th. At least one GREAT EGRET was at
Shirley's Bay on the 28th and another was in the Petrie Island marsh on the
30th. A pair of SANDHILL CRANES, followed by a group of seven, flew over
Pakenham on the evening of the 28th.

A good movement of shorebirds occurred from the 26th through the 31st,
including up to 10 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 7 RUDDY TURNSTONES in the
Deschenes rapids and a RED KNOT that made a brief appearance at the west end
of Andrew Haydon Park on the 29th. Numerous SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen
at Shirley's Bay and the Embrun sewage lagoons. SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS
began to outnumber the LEAST SANDPIPERS in several locations. Three
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at Shirley's Bay on the 26th and two were at
Embrun on the 30th along with 20 DUNLIN. A few local showers on the 26th
extensive mud flat at Shirley's Bay. Eight female WILSON'S PHALAROPES were
reported from Embrun on the 25th and a female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was also
at Alfred on the 30th. Approx. 15 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Deschenes rapids on
the 30th were joined by a BLACK TERN on the 31st. A highlight on the 30th
was a CASPIAN TERN at Andrew Haydon Park. Now is prime time for ARCTIC
TERNS - two were observed at the rapids on the 28th.

Two separate sightings of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO came from the trails off the
Champlain lookout in Gatineau Park on the 26th, and the same observer had an
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the park at Champlain Rd. and the road to Lac
Fortune. Two or three transient OLIVE-SIDED'S were vocalizing and
fly-catching along a trail off Timm Dr. in Bells Corner's the same day.
ALDER and WILLOW FLYCATCHERS are in good voice on their breeding grounds,
SEDGE WRENS were found in traditional areas in the Richmond-Munster and
Kilmaurs-Woodlawn areas. Additional waves of SWAINSON'S and a few
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES flew over during several clear nights last week, and a
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD popped up at Timm and Haanel Dr. in Bells Corners on
the 26th.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were buzzing away on the Carp Ridge along the Thomas
Dolan Parkway on the weekend, and the Larose forest as well as forests on
the Quebec side were as usual great places to find breeding songbirds.
Eighteen species of warblers, mostly breeders, were found in the Lac
Lablanche area north of Mayo, Quebec on the 29th along with other species of
northern affinity such as BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and
PURPLE FINCH. Field species of interest included five CLAY-COLOURED and two
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in the Burnt Lands near Almonte, and BOBOLINKS are
displaying in their typical habitats.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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