[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 30 Nov 11 - recent reports

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Wed Nov 30 08:09:45 EST 2011


Ontario/Quebec
Ottawa/Gatineau
30 November 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. Quebec
Compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis hagenius at primus.ca, or sightings at ofnc.ca

As we head into December there's still lots of life out there. A flock of
100 - 200 SNOW GEESE continued to favour the large quarry pond on Moodie Dr.
south of Trail Rd. as of at least the 27th, and an adult ROSS'S GOOSE was
still associating with this flock on that date. All 3 species of SCOTERS
(mostly singletons), a few LONG-TAILED DUCKS and all 3 MERGANSERS were still
present on the Ottawa River from Shirley's Bay to Britannia Bay on the
weekend. The numerous RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED
and COMMON MERGANSERS on our local ponds, lakes and rivers usually linger
until a serious freeze-up, which seems unlikely to happen anytime soon. A
count of 28 RUDDY DUCKS on the 28th at the Moodie Dr. pond
was an impressive number for this date in Ottawa.

A RED-THROATED LOON was at Shirley's Bay on the 28th along with 5 COMMON
LOONS. A few HORNED GREBES were still here on the 26th and a GREAT BLUE
HERON has been hanging around the west end of Andrew Haydon Park for at
least a week. From the 24th to the 28th, 3 BALD EAGLES of various ages were
noted at both Britannia and Shirley's Bays. Over 90 SANDHILL CRANES were
reported in the fields along Smith Rd. west of Milton Rd. in the Navan area
on the 23rd.

PURPLE SANDPIPER is a rare but annual visitor to the Ottawa River in late
fall, usually during adverse weather conditions. A brief blast of winter on
the 23rd brought at least one to the rocky shores at Dick Bell and Andrew
Haydon parks - perhaps the same bird that lingered here until the 26th.
GULLS of interest included ICELAND, THAYER'S, LESSER BLACK-BACKED and
GLAUCOUS, with most observations from the the Trail Rd. landfill and the
east end of Andrew Haydon park.

Several reports of NORTHERN SHRIKES came in during the past week, again from
various locations. A late EASTERN BLUEBIRD was spotted at Old Montreal Rd.
and the Camelot golf course on the 23rd, and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen
in the Crystal Bay area on the 26th. On the 27th, flocks of WAXWINGS in
different areas west of Ottawa (approx. 120 CEDARS in Carleton Place and 19
BOHEMIANS in Pakenham) represented the "outgoing" and the "incoming". The
only recent local report of "winter finches" came from the Qualicum-Graham
Park neighbourhood in the west end of Ottawa where a flock of approx. 25
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was feeding in the conifers on the 27th.

Thank you - Good Birding!





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