[Ontbirds] Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to July 12, 2018

Gregory Zbitnew gkzbitnew at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 17:37:33 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

July 12, 2018

Again there were no major highlights this week, as the summer doldrums
continue. The heat moderated somewhat, but it is now getting very dry.

There are signs of the progress of the season. There are more young seen,
and bird song is noticeably diminishing.

2 SNOW GEESE in Winchester on the 8th were an interesting lingerer.

The lack of rain has resulted in a drop of levels on the Ottawa River, and
it will be interesting to see what things will be like in 4 weeks.  In the
meantime, a few of the more common SHOREBIRDS have been seen:

·         Shirley’s Bay:  2 GREATER and 40 LESSER YELLOWLEGS on the 10th.

·         Russell: 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS in Russell on the 6th.

·         Winchester:  1 each of SEMIPALMATED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER on the

·         Petrie Island: 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER on the 10th.

·         Carp:  1 LEAST SANDPIPER on the 6th.

·         Crysler: 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS on the 8th.

2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were in Chesterville on the 10th, and 2 were on
Franktown Road near Munster on the 7th.

Single GREAT and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at the Moodie Drive ponds
on the 6th.  15 BLACK TERNS were at Plaisance (Baie Noire) on the 8th, and
1 was at Shirley’s Bay on the 7th. 1 CASPIAN TERN was at Petrie Island on
the 9th.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were at Shirley’s bay on the 7th and 1 on the 9th.  BLACK
TERN at Shirley’s Bay on nthe 7th.

EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard at several locations in the Munster area
on the 7th.

A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at Britannia on the 9th, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO
was in Stony Swamp on the 11th.

An early TENNESSEE WARBLER, also a late one as it was unfortunately a
window fatality, was downtown on the 10th.  2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS were in
Gatineau on the 11th.

A PINE SISKIN flew over Britannia on the 7th, and 2 have been in the
western part of Larose forest for several weeks now. Finally, 3 RED
CROSSBILLS were seen on Corkstown Road flying north on the 6th.

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.

*Reminder regarding access to the Shirley’s Bay Causeway:*

DND has amended our access procedure. You must call Range Control
(613-991-5740) for permission, state that you are an OFNC member and give
your name. Finally, you must call again when you have left the area.  DND
would also like to be informed if you see anyone on the property who should
not be there, such as boats in the bay or people fishing on the causeway.
They are trespassing and DND will deal with the situation.

The OFNC has provided DND with a list of OFNC members who HAVE SPECIFICALLY
REQUESTED access. DND will check, so make sure that your membership is up
to date and that you have requested that the OFNC put you on the access
list.  This list has already been sent to DND this spring and will be
updated occasionally.  To get on the next access list, please contact
membership at ofnc.ca.

Good birding.

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