[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 24 May 11 - weekly summary

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue May 24 07:37:47 EDT 2011


Ontario/Quebec
Ottawa/Gatineau
24 May 2011

Hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Phone number: 613-860-9000
For the Bird Status Line PRESS * (star)
To report bird sightings PRESS 1 (one)
Coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Canada National Capital Region) E. Ontario,W.
Quebec
Compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca, or sightings at ofnc.ca

A very busy week, with flocks of BRANT beginning to move through on the
20th, as well as small numbers of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on the Ottawa River
and elsewhere. Eight LONG-TAILED DUCKS were in Britannia Bay on the 23rd,
and a single RED-NECKED GREBE was below the Deschenes rapids the same day.

It's long been suspected that BALD EAGLES might be breeding (or attempting
to) in the Shirley's Bay area - a pair was confirmed at a nest near the
GREAT BLUE HERON colony  on the 22nd. RED-SHOULDERED and BROAD-WINGED HAWKS
were noted in forests where they traditionally breed, however a PEREGRINE
FALCON sitting in a bare field north of Navan was an odd sight on the 22nd.

Reports of single SANDHILL CRANES again came from the Constance Bay and Mer
Bleue areas on the 19th and 21st. SHOREBIRD numbers remain low - a couple of
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at the Carp River floodplain in Carp on the 18th,
and a few SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPERS were outnumbered by SPOTTED
SANDPIPERS at the Casselman and St. Albert lagoons on the 22nd. Three UPLAND
SANDPIPERS were found in a long-time breeding area north of Smiths Falls on
the 20th.

On the 23rd, 2 CASPIAN TERNS appeared on the Ottawa River at the Deschenes
rapids and another was at the Moodie Dr. quarry pond, along with 9 COMMON
TERNS and 2 BLACK TERNS. BLACK TERNS were also seen at Petrie Island and a
couple of the eastern sewage lagoons over the past week.

The first local report of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO came from Gatineau Park near
the Champlain lookout trails on the 23rd. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are back
for the 10th consecutive year in Constance Bay -- please be reminded not to
approach or disturb sensitive breeding species.

Lots of news in the songbird world! An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Lac Fortune
in Gatineau Park on the 18th, and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Britannia
on the 20th were 1st local reports. EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES are now
well-established, as are ALDER, LEAST and GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS and
EASTERN KINGBIRDS. PHILADELPHIA VIREOS are no doubt back among the
multitudes of RED-EYED VIREOS in Gatineau Park. A SEDGE WREN was reported
from Vanier Rd. north of Vernon Rd. in Aylmer , Quebec on the 23rd. A
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was a one-day wonder in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood
of Ottawa on the 20th, and all of the expected THRUSHES and MIMIDS are in
full territorial voice. AMERICAN PIPITS and CEDAR WAXWINGS were noted on the
weekend.

WARBLERS began to thin out in the migrant traps as the week went on, though
many TENNESSEE and BLACKPOLL, and a few BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were still
around as of the 23rd. Prime breeding areas such as the Carp hills, the
Larose forest and Gatineau Park are now alive with song - 15 species were
well-represented in Larose and Gatineau on the weekend, and the highlight of
recent visits to the trails between the Champlain and Western lookouts in
the Park were a couple of CERULEAN WARBLERS first reported on the 21st; at
least one was heard on the 23rd.

Nine species of SPARROWS were present south of the international airport on
the 23rd. LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were noted in diverse
locations last week. INDIGO BUNTINGS and BOBOLINKS are now widespread, a
late RUSTY BLACKBIRD was at Constance Creek on the 17th, and a feeder in
Pakenham was mobbed by a flock of 35 - 40 PINE SISKINS on the 19th.

Thank you - Good Birding!





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