[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to March 29, 2018

Gregory Zbitnew gkzbitnew at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 19:55:57 EDT 2018

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 29, 2018

The main highlight of the week was the long-awaited resumption of spring
migration. Up to 12 TUNDRA SWANS were on Milton Road on the afternoon of
the 29th (but not early that morning).  There were also many firsts of the

Mostly seasonal to above seasonal temperatures led to significant melting
of the snowpack. The Cobb’s Lake Creek flood plain was the site of several
thousand SNOW GEESE on the 27th, and smaller numbers on the 29th. Bearbrook
Creek saw almost entirely CANADA GEESE on the 28th, numbering in the 5000+
level.  Unfortunately, while the creeks are running quite freely, there is
only a small amount of flooding on Bearbrook Creek and none at all on
Cobb’s Lake Creek (both on the 29th).  From the looks of things there may
be very little flooding this year, and consequently the massive SNOW GEESE
flocks may pass by without stopping. Also, there are almost no DUCKS yet in
these GEESE flocks.  However, the areas merit daily checking as they are
very dynamic, major flooding or not, and in any case we are still in the
early stages of this process.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was near Brophy and Moodie Drive on the 29th.
Bearbrook Creek at Frank Kenny saw a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the 27th,
while the Carp River floodplain saw 2 ROSS’S GEESE also on the 27th.
Meanwhile, the 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen again on the Rideau River on the
25th, and a single was seen in Carleton Place on the 29th. A male BARROW’S
GOLDENEYE showed up on the Rideau near Hurdman on 23 to the 25th after
being virtually absent all winter.

Arrivals for the year included:

1.      EASTERN MEADOWLARK on the 28th

2.      LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Trail road Landfill on the 27th.

3.      GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the 27th

4.      KILLDEER in several places on the 27th.

5.      AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the 25th

6.      GREAT BLUE HERON on the 25th

7.      SANDHILL CRANE on the 25th.

The Greenland Road Hawkwatch had a great day on the 25th with 3 GOLDEN
EAGLES and 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS.  This latter species was also seen in
Chelsea on the 27th; likely this species has now returned to its nesting
grounds. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in the Bourget area on the 27th and the 29

In other odds and ends:

1.      A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW is continuing at a feeder near Luskville as
of the 23rd.

2.      A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was among a flock of about 500 SNOW BUNTINGS off
Russell road near Cobb’s lake Creek.

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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