[Ontbirds] Ottawa/Gatineau - July 10, 2014 - Recent Reports

Bob Cermak robertcermak9 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 10 18:54:31 EDT 2014


Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 at hotmail.com or sightings at ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 10, 2014

The early shorebird migration has started but high water levels throughout our area makes finding habitat for these birds difficult.

- Carp River flood plain just south of Carp: LESSER (6) and GREATER (1) YELLOWLEGS
- Winchester lagoons on the 9th: LEAST (40) and SPOTTED (3) SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS (24), SNOW GOOSE (1), RUDDY (1 m) and RING-NECKED (1) DUCK
- Embrun Lagoons (extensive construction underway weekdays): LESSER (3) and GREATER (1) YELLOWLEGS and AMERICAN WIGEON (2)
- CASSELMAN lagoons on the 9th: LEAST (80), SPOTTED (7+) and SOLITARY (1), LESSER (8) and GREATER (1) YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1), RUDDY DUCK (pair)
- Moodie Dr ponds (south of Trail Rd) on the 10th: SOLITARY (4) and LEAST (3) SANDPIPER
- Alfred lagoon (east of the OFNC area) on the 8th: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (2)

Interesting sightings:
- Moodie Dr quarry pond south of Trail Rd on the 10th: RING-NECKED (1 m) and RUDDY (1 m) DUCK, GADWALL (1), LESSER BLACK-BACKED (1 3rd year) and GREAT BLACK-BACKED (1) GULL, CASPIAN (2) and COMMON (5) TERN and PIED-BILLED GREBE (3)
- Conroy Island in the Deschenes rapids: at least 2 GREAT EGRET nests with 2 to 4 juveniles, many DOUBLE-CREASTED CORMORANT nests, 8 juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and many RING-BILLED GULLS
- Russell lagoons on the 8th: NORTHERN SHOVELER (3), PIED-BILLED GREBE (2), COMMON GALLINULE (1), RUDDY DUCK (3) and AMERICAN COOT (1)
- Corkstown marsh (north of the equestrian farm) on the 5th: Sedge Wren continue, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and GREEN HERON and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO
- a CAROLINA WREN was singing in Alta Vista (Wesmar Dr) on the 8th

There are large numbers of a variety of swallows at the Casselman lagoons and on the 9th at the Deschenes rapids there were BANK (150), BARN (40), CLIFF (75), NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED (12) with CHIMNEY SWIFT (60).  

Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, the OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports OWL sightings on the internet. We will continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings at ofnc.ca for the local records.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.
 		 	   		  



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