[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to February 16, 2017

Gregory Zbitnew gkzbitnew at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 17:21:51 EST 2017


Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler:  Gregory Zbitnew at sightings at ofnc.ca

February 16, 2017

After a number of weeks without, Ottawa finally had a birding highlight. On
the 11th a GYRFALCON was seen on Appleton Side Road, but rather predictably
it was not seen again.  Also, a GRAY JAY was reported in Gatineau on the 13
th but not since.

While temperatures were seasonal to above seasonal, steady and often heavy
snowfall, with about 60 cm added in the last week, was a strong
disincentive for birders to get out.  So there are rather fewer reports and
not so many birds to see either.  Still, over 60 species have been seen in
the region in the last week. Although the days are getting noticeably
longer, unfortunately it only means that we can see the snow and clouds
longer.

Some of the lingering waterfowl have either disappeared or are not being
searched for. However, WOOD DUCK continues at Billings Bridge, while
HARLEQUIN DUCK and BARROW’S GOLDENEYE are still regular at Hurdman.
BUFFLEHEAD are still regular off Bate Island.

9 GRAY PARTRIDGE continued near Cope and Robert Grant on the 14-15th, and a
GOLDEN EAGLE was on Appleton Side Road on the 15th.

A HERMIT THRUSH in Elmvale Acres on the 12th was the first recent sighting
of this species, while a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD is still coming to a feeder
in Orleans. Other continuing sightings include the CHIPPING SPARROW in
Carleton place on the 12th, and up to 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS are still making
chance appearances in Kanata, most recently on the 16th.

WINTER FINCHES are mostly in the northern forests, with still not many
sightings.  4 PINE SISKIN were north of Wakefield on the 12th, while 2 were
in Richmond on the 14th.  80 EVENING GROSBEAKS were coming to a private
feeder north of Wakefield.  There were 18 PINE GROSBEAKS near Masham on the
10th.   2 COMMON REDPOLL were in Gatineau on the 14th and 1 was in
Constance Bay on the 11th.  There was a PURPLE FINCH in Constance Bay on
the 11th.

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. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.

Good birding.


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