[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to April 21, 2016

k_zbitnew2 k_zbitnew2 k_zbitnew2 at bell.net
Thu Apr 21 18:47:40 EDT 2016


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

April 21, 2016

A BARNACLE GOOSE was seen and photographed on a golf course in Pakenham on the
20th, associating with large numbers of CANADA GEESE.  Unfortunately it was not
refound later.   The next best bird was a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at Mer Bleue
on the 16th. 

Consistently spring-like weather and the warmest temperatures so far this year
has resulted in a stream of birds arriving, including at least 12 firsts of the
year (FOY).  Bare ground and increasing numbers of insects have greatly expanded
the food supply.  None of the other birds have been exceptional, however. 

A good variety of waterbirds have been present in the rivers and now melted
ponds, but there have not been huge numbers, less than 100.  21 species of DUCKS
have been found at various times and places, with LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD and
RING-NECKED DUCK being the most common.  Shirley’s Bay to Andrew Haydon Park is
the best area in terms of variety and numbers, as is normal.  BLACK SCOTER in
Gatineau on the 14th was the FOY. 

Among the HERONS, GREAT EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS are back at their
breeding grounds in Britannia and Deschênes.  A FOY AMERICAN BITTERN was at
Marais aux grenouillettes on the 18th and at Mer Bleue on the 20th. 

VIRGINIA RAIL (FOY) was in at least two spots starting on the 17th.  GREATER
YELLOWLEGS in a few spots, LESSER YELLOWLEGS AT Marais aux Laîches on the 17th,
and PECTORAL SANDPIPER IN Pakenham on the 20th were the FOY among the waders. 

There were several sightings of BROAD-WINGED HAWK, but otherwise the raptors
seen were of the previously established species.  GULLS were not notable aside
from a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Trail Road Landfill on the 20th. 

PURPLE MARTIN at Andrew Haydon and BANK SWALLOW at Britannia on the 18th were
the FOY. 

Passerines have begun their long-awaited arrival into the region. A number have
become well-established, such as HERMIT THRUSH,  RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAMP and
CHIPPING SPARROWS.  A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, seen near 279 Concession 12 in
Pakenham, was the first recent regional report.  Most importantly, we have now
had 4 WARBLERS for the year. The long awaited parade of colourful birds has
begun. 

The following were the FOY:

1.	WARBLING VIREO in Britannia on the 18th (very early)
2.	BROWN THRASHER in Luskville on the 17th.
3.	PALM WARBLER in multiple locations.
4.	NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the Morewood bog on the 20th (very early) 
5.	FIELD SPARROW in multiple locations. 

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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