[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - 13 December 2012 - Recent Reports

Bob Cermak robertcermak9 at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 13 19:56:33 EST 2012

13 December 2012

Hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (OFNC)
Phone number: 613-860-9000
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Coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Canada National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler & transcriber Bob Cermak robertcermak9 at hotmail.com or sightings at ofnc.ca

The first winter male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen on Ottawa River rapids north of Bate Island just east of the Champlain Bridge. 

 COMMON REDPOLL continue throughout the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Single HOARY REDPOLL were seen on Cambrian Rd on the 11th and at a Barrhaven backyard feeder on the 12th. Flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWING continue to be seen throughout our area. There were a few reports of PINE GROSBEAK, EVENING GROSBEAK (50+ near Limoges) and RED CROSSBILL (along the Eardley-Masham Road) this week.

BOREAL CHICKADEE (2+) were found again on the 7th and 9th along trail 56 near Ramsay Lake on the Eardley-Masham Road in Gatineau Park.

GLAUCOUS and ICELAND Gulls were seen with RING-BILLED, HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the Rideau River between Strathcona Park to the Hurdman bridge, on the ice at the Moodie Drive pit  and from Trail Road.
Interesting birds on the Ottawa River from Dick Bell Park  on the 9th were; RED-THROATED LOON (1 winter plumage), COMMON LOON (1), RED-NECKED GREBE (1) and GREATER SCAUP (6).
Other interesting sighting were;
- LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the Rideau River from Strathcona Park on the 7th
- BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (2 males) on the Rideau River between Strathcona Park and the Hurdman bridge
- BALD EAGLES (4) and GOLDEN EAGLE (1) were seen on Loggers Way south of Thymes Rd on the 9th
- LONG-TAILED DUCK on the rapids north of Bate Island and east of the Champlain Bridge on the 7th

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations - Good Birding!


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