[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 22 Feb 11 - weekly summary

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Feb 22 17:45:52 EST 2011

22 February 2011

Hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Phone number: 613-860-9000
For the Bird Status Line PRESS * (star)
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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

Among several interesting reports over the past week were out-of-season
waterfowl: a male NORTHERN PINTAIL near the Bridge St. bridge in Manotick on
the 16th was seen again on the 20th but does not seem to favour a particular
location. A female AMERICAN WIGEON was also here from the 18th to at least
the 22nd and may be the same bird re-located from farther north up the
Rideau where there is now very little open water. On the 20th a female
HOODED MERGANSER was on the Ottawa River by the Champlain bridge parking lot
off the Ottawa River Parkway, and another (or the same?) was on the Rideau
in Manotick also on the 21st. Wintering ducks certainly have been quite
mobile this season!

A surprisingly tough GREAT BLUE HERON was still present as of at least the
14th in McEwan Creek near the area of Russell and Blake Rds. GRAY PARTRIDGE
remain elusive, with the only recent report from Forced Rd. near North
Russell Rd. north of Russell, ON on the 17th but not since. Conversely, WILD
TURKEYS continue to be seen just about everywhere in rural areas.

Visits to the Eardley-Masham and Steele Rds. in the Gatineau hills were
again successful for finding BALD EAGLES, and many observers were treated to
great views of up to 2 juvenile GOLDEN EAGLES on the 20th and 21st. On the
16th and 20th an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was also seen along Steele Rd. and
individuals were also noted in Bells Corners north of the Stony Swamp on the
18th and the north end of Boundary Rd. near the Mer Bleue bog on the 20th.
COOPER'S HAWK sightings have outnumbered SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS this winter,
MERLINS were reported from the Beacon Hill neighbourhood on the 20th, and
the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the 22nd.

A single GLAUCOUS GULL was again reported from the Trail Rd. landfill, where
only 3 other gulls - 1 HERRING and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED - were seen on the
20th. A report of a single immature ICELAND GULL came from the nearby frozen
quarry pond on the 18th.

The most recent report of a NORTHERN SHRIKE was on the 21st along Leitrim
Rd. south of the international airport. A GRAY JAY in the Larose forest was
a surprise on the 18th -  it was briefly seen along Martel Rd. near the sign
for "Ferme forestiere Brabant". The wintering HERMIT THRUSH at the feeders
near the Hurdman bridge was still holding its own as of the 19th, and flocks
of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS (up to 400 birds in some locations) continue to grace
the local landscape. A SONG SPARROW was still near the east end of Trail Rd.
on the 18th, where a substantial flock of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and
DARK-EYED JUNCOS has also been hanging out for most of the season.

Lots of action in the "winter finch" department especially COMMON and HOARY
REDPOLLS which continue to be widely reported. Eight PINE GROSBEAKS were at
a feeder on Ch. Roos north of Mayo, Quebec on the 19th. A female RED
CROSSBILL was literally on Eardley-Masham Rd. south of Ramsay Lake on the
20th with a male singing nearby. An immature male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL is
evidently still present in Beacon Hill as of the 20th.

Thank you - Good Birding!

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