[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to September 1, 2016
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Thu Sep 1 18:46:59 EDT 2016
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at sightings at ofnc.ca
September 1, 2016
The only highlight was a fairly modest one, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Britannia
on the 30th. There were 2 sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (early) at
Britannia and 1 in Richmond.
Weather was again mostly above seasonal temperatures with limited rain. This
was not conducive to any major movement of birds. WATERBIRDS and SHOREBIRDS
were in limited supply, the latter despite a reasonable amount of habitat.
There was a good variety of PASSERINES, with some excellent and mediocre days.
WATERBIRDS again were not notable for the most part. A SNOW GOOSE west of the
Rockcliffe airport was early, or perhaps a sign of the increasing numbers of
this species. 2 REDHEAD at the Moodie Drive ponds on the 28th and LESSER SCAUP
at Shirley’s Bay on the 28th-1st were a little more than ordinary.
There were no real concentrations of SHOREBIRDS anywhere. The best spots are
Shirley’s Bay (up to about 40 birds), Embrun (up to about 55 birds) and the
Richmond Conservation areas (up to 50 birds). Notable this week were:
1. Shirley’s Bay: BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was there until the 26th, STILT
SANDPIPER most of the week, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER until the 29th, and RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE on the 31st-1st.
2. Embrun: BAIRD’S and STILT SANDPIPER on the 27th.
3. Richmond: STILT SANDPIPER on the 28th.
4. Andrew Haydon Park: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on the 30th, and HUDSONIAN GODWIT on
5. Blakeney: WHIMBREL on the 28th.
Among the PASSERINES, this will likely be the last week before significant
declines in many species such as FLYCATCHERS. A single sighting of OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER was in Britannia on the 25th, but by contrast there have been a
number of sightings of YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER in various places this week.
24 species of WARBLER were seen this week. There was an exceptional
single-observer sighting of 20 species in Britannia on the 27th, including the
first-of-the season BLACKPOLL WARBLER. More generally there is good variety but
not large numbers. The better areas are seeing 10-15 species of WARBLER in a
Finally, a CAROLINA WREN was in Carlington on the 28th.
Note re: Access to the Shirley’s Bay causeway. The OFNC has a signed agreement
with DND and PWGS that gives OFNC members limited access to this important
birding area. You must call the Range Control Office (613-991-5740) before
entering DND property, and you will be informed how far down the causeway you
can go. Please respect their instructions for your safety, as the shooting
patterns vary from day to day.
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