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Ottawa and area bird sightings to 19 October 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Hudsonian Godwit, photographed by Howard Morrison at the Carp River reclamation area

The best bird of the week was the HUDSONIAN GODWIT, which reappeared on the 14th and has since been glued to a pond near the Carp River at the west end of Roger Neilson way, as late as the 18th. The other bird of interest was a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at Stony Swamp P6 on the 14th, but it was unfortunately not relocated.

The weather was a mixed bag including rain and the first frost of the season on the 16th, followed by more unseasonal warmth. Strong north winds on the 16th sent quite a few WATERBIRDS into the area, and the summer PASSERINES continue to vacate the area. But, other than the rarities noted above, it was a fairly ordinary week.

WATERBIRDS are building up quite nicely. The best day was the 16th, on the Ottawa River between Britannia and Shirley’s Bay, as usual. All 3 SCOTERS were there, REDHEAD, as well as 2 species of GREBE and many COMMON LOONS. All told, 23 species of DUCK were in the region, and most of the species are still around. The first RED-THROATED LOONS have arrived, at Baie Simard on the 15th, and at Dick Bell Park on the 17th.

A late GREEN HERON was at one of the ponds off Roger Neilson Way on the 17th. This area has had most of the diminishing SHOREBIRD variety, with a late LEAST SANDPIPER on the 14th-15th, and a few other common species. A DUNLIN was at Andrew Haydon Park, but as last week there is only minimal habitat along the Ottawa River. A late COMMON GALLINULE was at the Richmond Conservation Area on the 12th, and another was at Shirley’s Bay from the 14th-17th.

An OSPREY at Stony Swamp on the 15th was getting late, as was a MARSH WREN at Shirley’s bay on the 17th. By contrast, the first NORTHERN SHRIKES of the season were at the Gatineau Airport on the 14th, and Milton Road on the 17th, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have started to move into the area.

Aside from YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, which are themselves getting scarce, few other WARBLERS are left. TENNESSEE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were in Gatineau on the 15th, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Baie Fraser on the 18th.

A very late INDIGO BUNTING was at the Nepean Tent and Trailer Campgrounds on the 14th, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at the Giroux Road Ponds on the 14th, and a NELSON’S SPARROW was at the Carp River Watershed Reclamation area on the 18th.

Finally, a trip to the Eardley-Masham Road on the 18th produced a few singles and a small flock of RED CROSSBILLS south of Ramsey Lake, and a few scattered PINE SISKINS. This is more than a few weeks ago, but it is far from the hoped for invasion.

Greater Yellowlegs, photographed by Tony Beck at the Carp River reclamation area.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 12 October 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, photographed by Eric Leger in his backyard near Beechwood Cemetery

The find of the week was a very late WHIMBREL flying by Andrew Haydon Park on the 8th. The next best was the first HUDSONIAN GODWIT of the year, at the Carp River Reclamation area on the 10th for a few hours, and a single sighting on the 11th.

Generally pleasant and even unseasonably warm weather prevailed early in the week, but it has turned much cooler with winds from the north. There has been a big change in the bird population, more WATERFOWL and a general decline and a much different mix of the PASSERINES. The warmer weather likely was a factor in the number of lingering PASSERINES.

WATERBIRD numbers continue to build up steadily in major spots like Shirley’s Bay and Plaisance, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary has been seen. Interesting was the first of the season, 200 BRANT at Andrew Haydon park on the 7th.

A tiny bit of SHOREBIRD habitat was at Shirley’s Bay, but the best spot was the Carp River Reclamation area, with 8 species on the 10th including SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and the rarity noted above.

Some lingering TERNS were of interest. 2 CASPIAN TERNS were at the Moodie Drive Ponds on the 5th, and there was one at Andrew Haydon a few days later. COMMON TERNS have been lingering off Britannia Point until the 10th.

The first of the fall HAWK watch took place on Greenland Road on the 11th, and they were rewarded with a GOLDEN EAGLE. Early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also there, as well as 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also in the Frank Kenny area on the 10th.

There were a number of late sightings:

  • COMMON GALLINULE at the Richmond Conservation area on the 12th.
  • EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Petrie island on the 5th.
  • A WOOD THRUSH was at the Rockcliffe Airport on the 7th. Another was at Shirley’s bay on the 8th.
  • A MARSH WREN was at the Bruce Pit on the 9th.
  • A BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER was at Britannia on the 7th.
  • A ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK was in Richmond on the 10th.
  • A BROWN TRHASHER was in the Westboro area on the 10th.

Red-breasted Merganser, photographed by Keith Wickens at Plaisance

SPARROW numbers were high early in the week, but numbers seem to have dropped considerably. The first AMERICAN TREE SPARROW of the season was on the Osgoode Link Trail on the 6th with 6 other species of SPARROW. Probably the last NELSON’S SPARROW of the year was at Constance Bay on the 5th. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, the first of the season, were at the Carp River Reclamation area on the 6th.

 


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 5 October 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

The find of the week was a juvenile SABINE’S GULL, found on a birding outing at Shirley’s Bay on the morning of the 29th. Unfortunately, it proved to be a flash in the pan, and 20 minutes later it was gone for good. The PARASITIC JAEGER was last seen on the 3rd. The first 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS of the year were found at Baie Noire on the 3rd, in the same spot they have occurred for years, and will likely be around for a while. The only drawback is that a 5 Km round-trip walk is required to see them.

Somewhat cooler weather prevailed this week, but it is still well above seasonal. It was dry except for the 4th, and river levels have dropped a bit. Generally the weather conditions were excellent for lingering birds and movement of PASSERINES but WATERBIRDS are just starting to build up.

The 29-30th saw a bit of WATERBIRD activity. There was some noticeable movement of flocks of SCOTERS. SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were in the west, and the first BLACK SCOTERS of the year were seen from the boat launch at the west end of Massey Lane in the east, along with some SURF SCOTERS, both on the 30th. On the 4th, there were considerable numbers of WATERFOWL at Shirley’s Bay, mostly hundreds of SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCKS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The peak there is undoubtedly some weeks away. Baie Noire had about 300 AMERICAN WIGEON, but rather small numbers of other species. SNOW GEESE are being seen in a number of spots, but in very small numbers.

GULL numbers are building up a bit, with up to 15 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the Moodie Drive ponds. A CASPIAN TERN there on the 5th was rather late.

Mostly just the regular SHOREBIRDS have been seen, and there are no places with very many. On the 5th, 17 birds of 7 species were at the Carp River Reclamation area, including the first DUNLIN of the season. One exception was 27 GOLDEN PLOVERS at the Moodie Drive Ponds on the 5th. On the 4th, slightly lower water levels meant, finally, a few SHOREBIRDS were at Shirley’s Bay, but so far they are just some common ones.

13 species of warbler have been seen since October 1st, but generally fewer than 5 species per trip are now being seen now. One notable rather late sighting was a MOURNING WARBLER at the Fletcher wildlife garden on the 4th.

Some other interesting late sightings include:

  • EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Petrie Island as late as the 5th
  • INDIGO BUNTINGS in Carp and at the Giroux Road Ponds on the 1st
  • BOBOLINK at Shirley’s bay on the 29th

This week was quite notable for a huge movement of SPARROWS. The most sought after were NELSON’S SPARROWS, which were seen at the mouth of Constance Creek as late as the 1st. In the woods and fields, dozens to more than a hundred SPARROWS, mostly WHITE-THROATED, WHITE-CROWNED and SONG SPARROWS, have been seen on longer trips.

Finally, a single RED CROSSBILL was seen on the Eardley Masham Road on the 4th.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 28 September 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Prothonotary Warbler photographed at Britannia by Nina Stavlund

It was the best birding week in Ottawa for some time. The highlight was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (photo at right), found in Britannia the morning of 24th, then refound that evening and again the next day, leaving dozens of birders well chuffed. Reminiscent of the situation in 2015, the adult PARASITIC JAEGER has been long-staying, and was still present as of the 28th, spending its time between Andrew Haydon Park and Britannia pier. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (photo below) was quite cooperative in a storm outlet on Strandherd Road on the 23-24th.

Long-billed Dowitcher photographed by Michelle Martin on Strandherd Road.

Extremely warm summer-like weather continued until the 27th, with the hottest day of the year on the 25th. While it may have been a factor in the appearance of the rarity noted above, generally it has only kept the next wave of birds from arriving from the north, and has maintained the supply of biting insects well beyond the norm. The winds finally shifted on the 28th, but there are too few sightings yet to determine how much change there has been.

16 species of DUCKS were seen this week, but no significant concentrations have been noted yet.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at the Moodie Drive ponds on the 23rd, and there have been a few sightings of CACKLING GEESE among the CANADA GEESE, now in numbers up to several thousand.

SHOREBIRDS continue to be in poor supply. LESSER YELLOWLEGS is by far the most common one around now. Desperate for a place to land, they are showing up in obscure small habitats like on Strandherd Road. Other places like the Carp River and Embrun still have a few birds but only common stuff. The Ottawa River shore is not yet exposed enough to be useful. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER has had a few sightings, 2 being at the Moodie Drive Ponds and the Giroux Road ponds.

3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were on Steele Line on the 24th, and a movement of RAPTORS was noted on the 28th at Petrie Island, with 40 TURKEY VULTURES and 4 BALD EAGLES. A late RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was on the Trans Canada Trail near Abbot St. on the 22nd.

1 BARN SWALLOW was at Andrew Haydon Park on the 23rd, and 3 TREE SWALLOWS were at Dick Bell park on the 24th : these may well be the last of the season. EASTERN PHOEBES are still around in numbers, and EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES have had a few scattered reports, but it seems that the other FLYCATCHERS are gone.

22 species of WARBLER were sighted this week, and 3 of the summer regulars have probably left. Still, 5-10 WARBLERS per trip are being seen, with ORANGE-CROWNED being seen regularly but still infrequently. Sightings of the formerly common YELLOW WARBLER and OVENBIRD are now rare in their nesting grounds.

Another sure sign of fall is the annual flocking, as some species leave their nesting grounds and start to form huge flocks. 1500 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were in Russell on the 25th, along with 2000 EUROPEAN STARLINGS.

Quite a number of PASSERINES have their populations on the seasonal rise, some of the most noticeable being both species of KINGLETS, WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and AMERICAN PIPIT. An INDIGO BUNTING in Carp on the 27th is getting late, and there are still a few late sightings of BOBOLINK, which seem to be lingering a bit later this year.

Of the 12 species of SPARROW seen this week, a few were scarce sightings:

  • A FOX SPARROW in Kanata on the 27th (early)
  • 3 EASTERN TOWHEE on the Ottawa Carleton trailway on the 24th (late)
  • CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW at Hornet’s Nest trail (late).
  • NELSON’S SPARROW: small numbers are being see regularly at the mouth of Constance Creek.

Finally, 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS were in Gatineau on rue Caron on the 22nd, and there have been a couple of sightings of PINE SISKIN.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 21 September 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

This news flash is just in: a PARASITIC JAEGER at Andrew Haydon Park/ Ottawa Beach on the 21st. The other highlight of the week was 2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, the first being in Britannia on the 16th and the second in the Richmond area on the 19th. Neither was found again, and it is too early to know if this is a coincidence or a sign of something. A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, seen in Maple Hill Park on the 18th, was also a good find.

The week was entirely sunny and warm, and while birders enjoyed the weather, it was not particularly good for migration. Birds just trickled in with no significant influx. Likewise, with no significant influx of WATERFOWL, and a noticeable decline of PASSERINES like WARBLERS, there was a bit less variety this week.

Among the WATERBIRDS, 240 SNOW GEESE were reported in Gatineau on the 18th, early for such a large flock. There were a fewer somewhat earlier birds, such as HORNED GREBE at Constance Bay on the 17th, and 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS there on the 20th. A CACKLING GOOSE at the Eagleson Storm water ponds on the 17th and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in LUSKVILLE on the 20th were the first of the season for these species.

A STILT SANDPIPER was an unexpected addition to an otherwise bland collection of SHOREBIRDS at a storm outlet on Strandherd on the 19-20th. 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were briefly at Peterson’s turf farm on Snake Island road on the 16th. As last week, generally the supply for SHOREBIRDS remains poor, with a few at Embrun and the Carp River and almost none at Almonte.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Parc du Lac Beauchamp on the 20th was getting a bit late.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was in Chelsea on the 17th. 200 AMERICAN PIPITS were on some bare fields on Frank Kenny on the 17th, a sure sign of the advancing season. Others were scattered here and there.

Both SWAINSON’S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH have been audible night migrants, but there has been no major flyover yet.

5 species of VIREOS and 22 species of WARBLERS were seen this week; a few hours in the better areas are still producing over 10 species of WARBLERS.

Some summer bird sightings are getting a bit late. An EASTERN TOWHEE was on Jack Pine trail on the 17th, and another 2 were reported in Kanata on the 15th. An INDIGO BUNTING was at the Cope Drive Ponds on the 20th, and CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW was with 7 other species of SPARROW in the fields off Robert Grant.

Finally, the first NELSON’S SPARROW was at the mouth of Constance Creek on the 17th, but it was not relocated. It is hoped that this is not the last!


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 14 September 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

The highlight of the week was a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, seen in Britannia on the 12th. Also, while the bird itself is not rare, the first sighting reported from an airplane was of a BALD EAGLE in Luskville (at 2000 feet) on the 2nd.

It was mostly a sunny week with above average temperatures, more summer-like than most of the summer, although ironically it was not particularly good for migration. Mostly there was a decent variety with birds continuing to trickle through.

Among the water birds, CANADA GEESE are becoming more conspicuous, with small skeins of 10-100 being seemingly everywhere. Among the hundreds of CANADAS, single SNOW GOOSE was on Greenbank north of Hunt Club. Other species are becoming a little more common. The first recent report from Plaisance (Baie Noire) on the 10th was of 100 AMERICAN WIGEON, 75 RING-NECKED DUCKS and smaller numbers of others. This area will be excellent in a few weeks. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Britannia on the 8th.

8 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER in a field on Frank Kenny north of Giroux on the 12th and 7 were on Snake Island Road on the 9th, but none stuck around. Embrun and the Carp River Reclamation area continue to have a few shorebirds, but nothing worth chasing. Almonte had virtually none, but BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and 2 SANDERLING were at Constance Bay on the 8th.

An early ICELAND GULL was at the Trail Road landfill on the 8th. SANDHILL CRANES are starting to congregate on Smith near Milton Road.

A GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH was on Trail 10 near Shirley’s bay on the 13th.

The first of the season, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen on an OFO field trip on the 10th. 10+ WARBLERS can be seen on better trips in places like Britannia.

5 CLAY-COLOURED SPARROWS were at the “Sparrow fields” of Robert Grant in Goulbourn on the 12th. Finally, the first RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (7) were in Plaisance on the 13th and 3 were at Britannia on the same day.

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.

Common Nighthawk, photographed by Michelle Martin in Britannia.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 7 September 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher photographed by Eric Leger in Vanier.

The highlight of the week was a TUFTED TITMOUSE reported at the Arboretum on the 5th. Aside from the continuing RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, as late as the 5th, there has not been anything particularly rare seen in the area.

The week was rather cool and cloudy with some wet days. The remnants of hurricane Harvey on the 3rd gave promise of good things, but in the end it was just a wet fizzle. The 3rd was also the day of the Ottawa-Gatineau Seedathon which tallied 115 species, not that bad considering the mediocre weather conditions. There have been some decent days for migrating PASSERINES, which continue to stream through, including some early sightings. Unfortunately, next week will likely see the last sightings of the year for a number of species, as fall inexorably approaches.

A few early SNOW GEESE sightings were of interest, including one at Giroux Road as late as the 4th. A few somewhat early sightings of both species of SCAUP at a few places including the Moodie Drive Ponds. These ponds also had REDHEAD.

The supply of SHOREBIRDS at Embrun is deteriorating due to shrinking habitat. However, the Carp River Reclamation area has some developing good habitat, and some of the better species found this week have been BAIRD’S, STILT and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, as well as a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Almonte still has only a handful of common species. A tour of the sod farms south of the city on the 5th was quite bleak, with only a single field yielding 25 KILLDEER, or 26 including the one snatched by a rampaging PEREGRINE FALCON.

The LEAST BITTERN was seen in Carp as late as the 2nd, and there was one in Kanata on the same day. One was at Baie Mclaurin on the 1st. A late BLACK TERN was at the Moodie Drive Ponds on the 5th.

A few COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still passing through. An OLIVE-SIDED flycatcher was on Calypso Road on the 3rd, and one was at the Old Quarry Trail on the 6th. The most recent sightings of YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were from Vanier and Britannia, both on the 6th.

SWALLOWS, mostly TREE SWALLOWS, were still present in the hundreds in Embrun on the 3rd.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was in Plaisance on the 2nd.

4 species of VIREO were present this week, as were 22 species of WARBLER, with 19 of them on the 3rd. The population has shifted this week with PALM WARBLERS becoming increasingly common.

An early WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Rockcliffe Airport on the 6th. 5 PINE SISKINS were in Baie Simard on the 6th, with a few sightings of RED CROSSBILL in the northern reaches of the area.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 31 August 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Black and white warbler photographed at Britannia by Keith Wickens

The highlight of the week was a WHIMBREL seen and heard briefly at the Carp River Reclamation area. Also of interest at Embrun were continuing RED-NECKED PHALAROPES (2 on the 30th) and WILSON’S PHALAROPE (as late as the 29th).

The week was dry with mostly seasonal temperatures. However, there are signs of fall with some cool mornings and the 31st was especially bad, being a very dreary cool day with low cloud. Like last week, there was a good variety of PASSERINES, and a very poor selection of SHOREBIRDS. Some of the insectivore numbers have risen as they pass through, and these numbers will be plummeting very soon.

The first SNOW GOOSE of the season was near Richmond on the 31st, but the numbers of other WATERBIRDS has been relatively constant.

Embrun continues to be useful for SHOREBIRDS, with the BAIRD’S SANDPIPER present on the 27th, and a modest variety other species in addition to the rarities noted above. The Carp River had a few species this week, and a few of the storm water basins had a few, but nothing else of note. However, the Ottawa River continues to be devoid of habitat.

Least Bittern photographed by Howard Morrison in Carp

The LEAST BITTERN was seen in Carp as late as the 27th (photo at right).

There have been some decent sized flocks of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS all over the region, travelling south. There are scattered sightings of YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and 2 recent sightings of OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, one at Ferme Moore on the 30th, and another near the Dewberry Trail parking lot on the 31st.

The first GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH of the season was heard in Britannia at night on the 29th, while a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was on Dolman Ridge Road on the 30th.

4 species of VIREOS were seen this week, and 23 species of WARBLER, with a particularly good single trip to Britannia on the 27th yielding 20 species.

Lastly, RED CROSSBILLS were still near Lac McGregor on the 29th, and 3 were in Carp on the 30th.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 24 August 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Wilson’s Warbler photographed at Britannia by Nina Stavlund

The highlight of the week was a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER seen in the Baie Simard area on the 19th. Also of interest, at Embrun, were continuing RED-NECKED PHALAROPES (as late as the 20th), WILSON’S PHALAROPE (23rd), STILT SANDPIPER (20th and 23rd) and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (23rd).

The week was marked by damp conditions and seasonal temperatures. Migration of PASSERINES was in full swing this week, but mostly expected birds were seen. Migrant traps like Britannia have become choice areas to bird, but SHOREBIRD habitat continues to be poor. While we don’t want to say this too loudly, the next week is pretty much the last week of summer from a birding perspective. Soon after that, many species will quickly vacate the region.

A few early WATERBIRDS added some birding variety. At Embrun, there was RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE. There were GREATER SCAUP and RED-NCEKD GREBE at Dick Bell Park on the 22nd. COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Britannia on the 19th. BUFFLEHEAD at Casselman on the 20th. A HORNED GREBE was in Russell on the 21st. There were also 4 REDHEAD at the Moodie Drive Ponds.

Turkey Vulture photographed by Eric Leger at Richelieu Park in Vanier

Embrun is far and away the best spot for SHOREBIRDS in the region. Despite a rather restricted area of habitat, 13 species have been seen at various times this week. The mix varies, and there are at most about 30 birds at any given time. Other areas are more or less worthless, which includes Almonte and Casselman. The Carp River flood plain has become rather unproductive. The water purification plant at Masson has a handful of SHOREBIRDS, and this area is only mentioned because it is the only area in Quebec that has anything at all.

A LEAST BITTERN continues off Rivington in Carp.

The week was marked by scattered (and brief) reports of sought-after migrants like YELLOW-BELLIED and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, and more common ones like PHILADELPHIA VIREO. An early RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was at Britannia.

A good variety of WARBLERS has been seen. There were 10 species of warbler at the Moore farm in Gatineau on the 23rd, and a single trip’s tally gave 16 species in Britannia on the 21st.

Finally, RED CROSSBILLS were seen near Carp and again near Lac McGregor.


Ottawa and area bird sightings to 17 August 2017

by Greg Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

Common Gallinule photographed at the Embrun lagoon by Sai Wai Ip

There were two minor highlights this week. A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen in Carp this week, but unfortunately not seen again. On the 13th there were 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at Embrun and 1 at St. Albert.

There was some good news for birding this week. The Shirley’s Bay causeway is now accessible for birders, but there are new access rules. Please see the note at the end of this report for details.

It was a relatively dry week in the region, but SHOREBIRDS are in poor supply everywhere. PASSERINE variety has noticeably increased but there has been little but the expected birds.

Of the WATERBIRDS, there has been nothing to write home about except for a HORNED GREBE at Embrun on the 14th and a REDHEAD at the Moodie Drive Ponds on the 12th.

Unfortunately, as of the 17th, there were NO mudflats at Shirley’s Bay and NO SHOREBIRDS. A slight rise in the Ottawa River has eliminated even the tiny emerging mudflats of last week. However, a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was in the area on the 13th before the water levels rose. Aside from what was noted above, Casselman, Embrun and St. Albert had only a small number of common species this week. The same was true for the Carp River.

Up to 3 or 4 LEAST BITTERNS are still being seen regularly off Rivington in Carp.

There has definitely been a movement from the north. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was in Richmond on the 13th, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was in Britannia on the 10th. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and gathering flocks of SWALLOWS are becoming a little more conspicuous.

Canada Warbler photographed at Mud Lake by Nina Stavlund

 

PASSERINES are becoming a little more conspicuous too in the “hot” areas like Britannia and Trail 10 near Shirley’s Bay. PHILADELPHIA VIREOS have been seen a few times this week, and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS are fairly regular.

WARBLERS have been of interest this week. We are now in the season where any of the 25 regulars can be seen almost anywhere. This last week, 23 species have been seen and an additional one is probably around. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in Aylmer on the 11th was of interest. WILSON’S WARBLER and BLACKPOLL WARBLER were some of the non-breeders seen.

Finally, 5 RED CROSSBILLS were near Lac McGregor on the 16th.

 


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