[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to February 19, 2015

Gregory Zbitnew k_zbitnew2 at bell.net
Thu Feb 19 19:37:52 EST 2015

Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec

Compiler and transcriber: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 at bell.net or sightings at ofnc.ca

Recent reports to February 19, 2015

Temperatures well below seasonal norms prevailed in Ottawa this week, which in addition to being harder for the more sensitive birds, reduced the enthusiasm of birders for getting out. Generally, reports have been sparse this week.

Still, the following lingering waterfowl were present in the previously reported spots this week:

1. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE west of the Champlain bridge.
2. GREATER SCAUP at Britannia.
3. NORTHERN SHOVELER at Appaloosa Park.
4. WOOD DUCK near the Rideau Tennis Club.

Jack Pine Trail had BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 14th, and a female AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was on Grimes Road in Aylmer last weekend. This makes 2 birds of this species at this locale this winter. The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen again in Beacon Hill this week, the first sighting in a few weeks.

The GYRFALCON was reported at the Laflèche landfill a number of times this week. Birders looking for this bird should ensure that they are off the road and do not block the gate. Being a landfill, this is a busy road with a lot of large trucks. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK WAS SEEN NEAR Kinburn on the 15th.

A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen near the Rockcliffe Airport on the 15th, while a smaller number were in Beacon Hill on the 17th.

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 purpose of maintaining local records.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.

Good birding. 		 	   		  

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