[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau 8 Nov 11 - Recent reports

bob cermak robertcermak9 at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 8 19:03:02 EST 2011

08 November 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: Bob Cermak for Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca, or sightings at ofnc.ca
No report of the WESTERN GREBE this past week and the last sighting of the RAZORBILL was on November 1st on the Ottawa river east of the Deschenes rapids.
There was a bit of a Finch movement throughout eastern Ontario this week with numbers of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS seen on November 6th at Mer Bleue, Rothwell Heights and Qualicum-Graham Park. PINE SISKINS were also at Mer Bleue on the 6th.
Species reported at various locations on the Ottawa river this past week were RED-THROATED LOON, COMMON LOON, all three SCOTERS (BLACK, SURF and WHITE-WINGED), all three MERGANSERS (HOODED, COMMON and RED-BREASTED), two Grebe species (HORNED and RED-NECKED), LESSER SCAUP and increasing numbers of COMMON GOLDENEYE and BUFFLEHEAD.
On November 4th 4 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen in the corn stubble at the corner of Barnsdale and Twin Elm. Late shorebirds seen at the Casselman lagoon on the 4th were; 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 DUNLIN, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. There were also 5 AMERICAN COOTS at the Embrun lagoon on that date.
150 SANDHILL CRANES (an OTTAWA record number) were seen south of Smith road and west of Milton road on November 7th.
5 TRUMPETER SWANS (2 adults and 3 juveniles all unbanded) were seen on the Mississippi river in Carlton Place on the 7th. These are likely the same adults that nested on the Jock River south east of Carlton Place this spring.
A female LONG TAILED duck was seen all week at Andrew Haydon Park and more could usually be found at Shirley's Bay.
On November 6th around 10:30 am a Jaeger (species unknown) was reported harassing gulls at the east end of the Deschenes rapids for a few minutes then was last seen flying west up the Ottawa river.
A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Bate Island on the 8th. BRANT were seen at various locations on the Ottawa river as well as 2 at Andrew Hayden on the 5th and the 7th and 1 at the Deschene lookout on the 5th. On the 5th at Shirley's Bay there were 78 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 10 GADWALLS and 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. On the 7th 200 SNOW GEESE were seen at Burnside Pit on Moodie and 2000 were seen near km 54 along Hwy 417 east of Casselman. 
Thank you - Good Birding!



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