Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler:  Gregory Zbitnew at sighti...@ofnc.ca

October 13, 2016

The birding week had no rarities, but there were a few lingering birds to
spice up the days a bit.  Summer-like weather gave way to seasonal
temperatures and the first frost of the season. The week was mostly
characterized by an increasing variety of WATERBIRDS, and the virtual
disappearance of WARBLERS.

WATERBIRDS increased more in variety than numbers, with Shirley’s Bay and
Plaisance being the best areas. 2 EURASIAN WIGEON were at Plaisance along
with good numbers of PUDDLE DUCKS.   Shirley’s Bay had small numbers of
both WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED and
HORNED GREBE along with the usual crowd.  Up to 50 BRANT were along the
Ottawa River west of Britannia the 10-11th, and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
put in a few isolated showings in Russell, Andrew Haydon Park, and the
Moodie Drive Ponds,  but were not reliable anywhere.

The HUDSONIAN GODWIT at Shirley’s Bay was there until the 8th, and the
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was still there on the 12th, but otherwise
SHOREBIRDS were in short supply everywhere.

A GOLDEN EAGLE on Greenland Road on the 13th was the first of the season.
SANDHILL CRANES are being seen in numbers at their usual spots in the
Navan/ Frank Kenny area, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Carp on the 8th
was the first recent sighting. GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen in Goulbourn most
recently on the 10th.

A TREE SWALLOW at Embrun on the 9th was quite late, as were 2 ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAKS in Gatineau Park on the 10th, but a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at
the Experimental Farm on the 10th was by far the most unusual lingerer.

Although 8 species of WARBLER were seen this week, now virtually all have
disappeared except for the still fairly common YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

A CAROLINA WREN was in Carlington on the 10th, and NELSON’S SPARROW was
last seen on the 10th. Among the other SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED and FOX
SPARROW are in reasonable numbers, while there have been huge numbers of
DARK-EYED JUNCO almost everywhere.

Finally, an EVENING GROSBEAK was in Almonte on the 8th, and there have been
a few scattered sightings of PINE SISKIN.

*NOTE RE: ACCESS TO THE SHIRLEY’S BAY CAUSEWAY*. The OFNC has a signed
agreement with DND and PWGSC that gives OFNC members limited access to this
important birding area. You must call the Range Control Office
(613-991-5740) before entering DND property, and you will be informed how
far down the causeway you may go. For your safety, please respect their
instructions, as the shooting patterns vary from day to day.

The OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports owl sightings on the Internet.
We will continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sighti...@ofnc.ca
for the purpose of maintaining local records.

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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