[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to March 9, 2017

Gregory Zbitnew gkzbitnew at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 17:56:38 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

March 9, 2017

There were no real highlights this week. The weather was unseasonably cold
most of the week, putting a screeching halt to the early migration, but
fortunately the snowpack did not enlarge. A very sunny and mild day on the 8
th did result in some raptor migration.  Unfortunately more cold is
predicted for the next few days, so spring is at least a week away still.

The general rise in the Rideau River was accompanied by some expansion of
the amount of open water. As a result it appears that some of the winter’s
lingering DUCKS may have skedaddled or are at least temporarily missing in
action.  The HARLEQUIN DUCK at any rate has moved downstream to Strathcona
Park as late as the 9th.  One exception to the general migration halt was a
PIED-BILLED GREBE in Almonte as late as the 8th.  A CACKLING GOOSE was
among the CANADA GEESE in Barnsdale on the 8th.  2 TRUMPETER SWANS were in
Carleton Place as late as the 4th.

In general this is now the season for RAPTOR movement.  Strong sunshine and
south winds on the 8th made it a good day for RAPTORS on Greenland Road.
The highlight were 2 GOLDEN EAGLES.  The Gatineau Escarpment is a hotspot,
the latest sightings on the 4th were of 4 of this species.  NORTHERN
GOSHAWK was seen this week in Orleans, Dunrobin and Packenham.

GRAY PARTRIDGE continue in the Cope Drive area; 5 were seen on the 5th.  An
early YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continues in Fitzroy Harbour as of the 5th.

The TUFTED TITMOUSE was still on Lac des Loups Road as of the 3rd, with
EASTERN BLUEBIRD on Bleeks Road on the 4th.  Missed in the report last week
was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in Richmond on the 2nd.

Finally, scattered sightings of FINCHES continue, most sightings being in
the northwest part of the region.  50 EVENING GROSBEAK were in Rupert, with
17 in north of Wakefield. Small numbers of PINE SISKIN were in Wakefield
and Gatineau, and a single PINE GROSBEAK was in Gatineau Park north of
Chelsea on the 6th.

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.

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