[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 11 Jan 11 - weekly summary

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Jan 11 17:27:01 EST 2011

11 January 2011

Hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Phone number: 613-860-9000
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Coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Canada National Capital Region) E. Ontario,W.
Compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca, or sightings at ofnc.ca

A few winter lingerers and a few new reports made for an interesting week in
the Ottawa-Gatineau area for this time of year.

Areas of open water have seriously diminished with the recent colder
weather, but still continue to host a few waterfowl species. Single CANADA
GEESE are hanging on in several locations, 2 male RING-NECKED DUCKS reported
on the Ottawa River below the Deschenes rapids on the 6th were not seen on
the 9th, but a male LESSER SCAUP was still here along with 3 COMMON
MERGANSERS. A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE remains on the Rideau River between
Riverain Park and the Hurdman bridge, also with a few Common Mergansers.

WILD TURKEYS continue to be seen mainly in rural areas, and a very large
flock numbering over 100 birds was noted in the Pakenham area last week. Two
adult BALD EAGLES were seen at March Valley Rd. in Kanata on the 10th. Very
few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have been seen recently, and a dearth of gulls has
also been noted by several observers so far this year - single immature
ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS were found at the Trail Rd. landfill on the the
10th and even HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL numbers appear to be
unusually low. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, however, seem to be unusually common
this winter! Record high numbers were reported from several Christmas Bird
Counts in southern Ontario, and at least 6 individuals have appeared in the
Ottawa-Gatineau area since November - the most recent report was from
Constance Bay where a bird found on the 2nd was still present on the 10th.

A GRAY JAY was reported from Ramsay Lake along Eardley-Masham Rd. in
Gatineau Park on the 6th, and 2 were seen farther south along the same road
on the 11th. A HERMIT THRUSH continues to be seen occasionally
in Hurdman Park along the Rideau River as of the 8th, and possibly 2 were at
Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec on the 10th. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
were most frequently reported from Rifle Rd. near Shirley's Bay in recent
days. The YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in Deschenes, Quebec, and the PINE WARBLER
on William McEwen Rd. south of Bankfield Rd. were still present on the 6th
and 7th respectively. Several LAPLAND LONGSPURS were still in the Ste-Rose
area east of Ottawa along Concessions # 19 and 20 on the 9th, and a
singleton was found along Old Coach Rd. between Diamondview Rd. and Donald
B. Munro Rd. on the 10th. Some very impressive flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS have
also been found in rural areas on both the Ontario & Quebec sides.

New arrivals on the local "winter finch" scene included 8 PINE GROSBEAKS
near the south end of Eardley-Masham Rd. on the 9th, and 10 RED-CROSSBILLS
farther north along this road at Ramsay Lake on the 6th. Numbers of COMMON
REDPOLLS and HOARY REDPOLLS continue to increase - a report of at least 8
Hoary's at a single feeder in Constance Bay on the 9th was remarkable and
several were seen in this area by multiple observers on the 10th. PINE
SISKINS and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES have been also become more regular at
feeders, and the only local reports so far of EVENING GROSBEAKS have come
from the Larose forest.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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