[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 14 Jul 11 - recent reports

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Thu Jul 14 21:32:13 EDT 2011

14 July 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

The rarities that were found in the Ottawa area in the 1st week of July are
evidently still around! The WHITE-FACED IBIS first discovered in the Carp
River floodplain in the village of Carp on July 4th was not seen for
a few days after the 8th, but returned to this location on the afternoon of
the 12th and was seen again on the the morning and afternoon of the 13th. In
the interim, a Plegadis sp. ibis was briefly observed on the Ottawa River
near the Britannia filtration plant early on the morning of the 12th. The
EARED GREBE found at the Embrun sewage lagoons on July 1st was also still
present on the 13th.

A single BRANT that has apparently been hanging around at the Remic rapids
area was most recently reported on the 10th. Up to 4 GREAT EGRETS have been
seen in the past few days in the vicinity of the Deschenes rapids on the
Ottawa River, and BLACK-CROWNED-NIGHT-HERONS continue to be reported from
the Britannia area. An adult BALD EAGLE flew over Petrie Island on the 9th.

The Carp floodplain area has been a magnet for locally breeding shorebirds
such as KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and WILSON'S SNIPE, as well as several
migrant LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Recent vists to the eastern sewage lagoons were
not very productive for shorebirds, but it's still early in the season for
southbound migrants. A juvenile UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen along Ferry Rd.
near Fitzroy Harbour on the 10th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen & heard singing in the Manotick area during the 1st
week of July. Most of the other recent local reports were about SPARROWS
with good numbers of  CLAY-COLOURED and GRASSHOPPER noted among other more
common species south of the international airport, and at least four
LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were singing in the Mer Bleue Conservation Area on the

Thank you - Good Birding!

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