Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club (OFNC)
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Derek Dunnett at email@example.com
A tale of two vagrants! No, it's not a cut and paste error (this time).
The region's exceptional spring continues with two new mega-rare birds: a
Painted Bunting and an Eurasian Collared Dove. Amazingly, the Purple
Sandpiper and the Neotropical Cormorant continued until at least May 5.
Winter Finches - Common and Hoary Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, and Pine
Siskins continue to hit local feeders. American Tree Sparrows and Fox
Sparrows linger. Shorebirds are beginning to build up, and Richmond is a
good spot to see them. A good selection of warblers was seen.
Greater White-fronted Goose - May 3, Baie Parker, Les
Cackling Goose - May 3, Baie Parker, Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais.
Long-tailed Duck - Parc des Cèdres, Gatineau.
Ruddy Duck - Parc de Plaisance (Tête de la Baie), Papineau.
Sandhill Cranes are passing through, seen or heard flying over many
locations, as well as returning to local breeding areas such as Mer Bleue,
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Seen on May 5 only, as birders were looking for
the Painted Bunting at the Hilda Road feeders, Ottawa.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Rainbow Lake, Lanark. Elm Grove Road, Perth,
Lanark. Kettles Road, Ottawa.
Red-headed Woodpecker (5) - Len Purcell Drive (Woodlawn), Ottawa.
Red-bellied Woodpecker- Chemin Champlain, Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais. In
Ottawa on Monty Drive, Hilda Road feeders, Shirley's Avenue, and Kanata
lakes, Ottawa. Rue de Saint-Malo, Gatineau. Parc de Plaisance, Papineau.
Purple Sandpiper - Continues on the magic rock at the base of the Deschênes
rapids on the Gatineau side.
Iceland Gull - Britannia Point, Ottawa. Moodie Quarry (the northern
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Britannia Point, Ottawa. Moodie Quarry and Trail
Road Landfill, Ottawa.
Caspian Tern - Constance Lake (southern bay), Ottawa. Rapides Deschênes,
Neotropic Cormorant - Continues to spend most days at Dow's Lake, Ottawa,
with the Double-crested Cormorants. Roosts in Gatineau at night, visible
from the Sentier des Voyageurs. Seen most days from April 21-May 05.
Rough-legged Hawk - Breckenridge, Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais.
Carolina Wren - Pair continues in Frank Ryn & Elmhurst Parks, Ottawa.
Britannia CA, Ottawa.
Hoary Redpoll - Applewood Acres, Ottawa. Seen up to May 6, this is
possibly the latest ever Ottawa spring record for this species.
Red Crossbill - Flock continues in Larose Forest, Prescott and Russell.
White-winged Crossbill - Visiting a feeder on Monty Drive, Ottawa.
Painted Bunting - Female plumage, Hilda Road feeders, Ottawa, seen daily
from May 2 to 6. Sightings can be 90 minutes apart.
Cape May Warbler - Hilda Road feeders, and the Arboretum, Ottawa. Parc de
Palm Warbler - Everywhere. The locally less common Yellow or Eastern Palm
Warbler seen at Andrew Haydon Park and Britannia CA on May 02.
Northern Parula - Kizell Pond, Ottawa.
Wondering where to go birding once the lockdown is over? OFNC volunteers
have worked hard to update the 'Where to go birding' section of the
The DND property at Shirley's Bay is now restricted to official business
only. If this changes in the future, there will be an announcement.