Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club (OFNC)
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Derek Dunnett at email@example.com
Spring roared into town, and the dawn chorus rings with drama! The first
warbler and hummingbird of the season were photographed this week.
Suddenly Woodcock skydance nightly, Eastern Phoebes bob away, and Fox
Sparrows kick the leaves. Six species of geese reported on the 25th. Too
many early FOY to list.
Ross's Goose - Cobb Lake Creek flood plain, Prescott and Russell (along
with 45,000 Snow Geese) on the 25th.
Greater White-fronted Goose - Frank Kenny, Milton Road, and Thomas Dolan at
Carp River, Ottawa.
Barnacle Goose - Sorry about mixing up my Aylmers last time, but this week
there really is a Barnacle Goose on the Carp flood plain, March 22-25.
Honestly. Check John Shaw / Grant Side Road.
Trumpeter Swan - Dunrobin (Constance Creek), Greenland Road Hawkwatch, and
Heaphy Road (Marlborough Forest), Ottawa.
Tundra Swan - (5) Cobb Lake Creek flood plain, March 23, Prescott and
Barrow's Goldeneye - Anywhere from Strathcona Park to Billings Bridge,
Redhead - Britannia Yacht Club, and Milton Road (Vars), both Ottawa.
Many other duck species hit town, including Northern Shoveler, Northern
Pintail, Long-tailed Duck, and Gadwell, all seen from the Britannia Yacht
Club, Ottawa. Pintails and Shovelers seen from Milton Road as well.
White-winged Scoter - Britannia Point, Ottawa.
Golden Eagle - Migrating through now. Reported this week over the Cobb
Lake Creek flood plain, Prescott and Russell, as well as Milton Road,
Preston Street, Perrault Road, Brophy Drive, Ottawa.
Sandhill Crane - Heritage Drive (Montague), Lanark. Chemin Therien, Les
Lesser Black-backed Gull - As many as 4, seen from Parc Moussette, to the
Rapides Deschênes, Gatineau.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Milton Road, Ottawa, March 22.
Red-headed Woodpecker - Continue on Bayview and/or Goodin Street, Ottawa.
Lark Sparrow - After a mysterious two week absence, the Lark Sparrow is
back on McCaffrey Trail, Ottawa, near Ashton.
Pine Warbler - Well photographed in Monaghan Forest, Ottawa, March 20.
Look for other early warblers.
With the arrival of spring, you have probably enjoyed our local birds
beginning to breed. Many more species will be arriving in the weeks ahead.
Did you know that your observations are valuable to the Third Ontario
Breeding Bird Atlas? It’s a province-wide volunteer-based project to map
the distribution and abundance of Ontario’s approximately 300 breeding
birds. Data from the previous two Ontario Atlases have provided enormous
contributions to bird and environmental conservation over the last 40 years.
For more information and to register for this important citizen science
effort, please visit: https://www.birdsontario.org/