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

Gregory Zbitnew k_zbitnew2 at bell.net
Thu Nov 19 20:04:41 EST 2015

Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 at bell.net or sightings at ofnc.ca
Recent sightings to November 19, 2015

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was last seen near the Laflèche landfill east of Casselman on the 14th, although only briefly.

Aside from this, the only other notable bird was CANVASBACK, seen at Shirley’s Bay on the 16-17th, and a second one at Andrew Haydon Park on the 17-18th.

The birding week was marked by considerable dullness again, together with quite a bit of apathy among birders as there has been little to look for. Perhaps the weather has been too good. November has been exceptionally sunny with mostly above seasonal temperatures. Most land birds have likely reached their winter levels and will stay that way for the next 4 months.

Waterbird populations in the prime area, Shirley’s Bay, have risen to good levels this week. On the 14th, there were about 3000 ducks of 19 species, including a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE. 90% of the ducks are RING- NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE (in order of abundance). On the 16th in the same spot were 1200 ducks of 18 species. 500 RING-NECKED DUCKS were also seen at the Moodie Drive ponds, with lesser number of other species. Numbers and variety at other locations Is more modest. The only other notable bird was a EURASIAN WIGEON at Baie Noire until the 14th.

The last SHOREBIRD seen this week was a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Andrew Haydon on the 12th.

Most sightings were of the common, regular species, with just a handful of others:

1. BELTED KINGFISHER at Vincent Massey on the 12th.
2. NORTHERN FLICKER AT THE Conroy Pit on the 15th.
3. FOX SPARROW at a feeder in Rockcliffe on the 15th.
4. MARSH WREN at the end of Champlain St. in Orleans on the 15th.
5. COMMON GRACKLE in Barrhaven on the 13th.

The only other activity of note has been among the FINCHES/ BUNTINGS. There was a very large flock of 700 SNOW BUNTING on the 17th at Barnsdale and Moodie. Also on the 17th were a few LAPLAND LONGSPUR on Lockhead Road, and EVENING GROSBEAK at the Mer Bleue. Numbers of PURPLE FINCH seem to be on the rise, and there have been more sightings of COMMON REDPOLL.

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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