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   2011 RARE BIRD ALERTS
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Last updated:
1800 hrs, January 27, 2012.

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   SIGHTING HIGHLIGHTS

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GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Andrew Haydon Park West, Ottawa, ON (Nov. 18, 2011)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at the Champlain Bridge, QC (Oct. 27, 2011)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE: at Dunrobin Shore, ON (Oct. 25, 2011)
WESTERN GREBE: below the Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa, ON (Oct. 23-29, 2011)
NORTHERN GANNET: at the Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa, ONN (Oct. 22, 2011)
RAZORBILL: below the Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa, ON (Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, 2011)
NORTHERN GANNET: at Sand Point, W of Arnprior, ON (Oct. 14, 2011)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at the Nepean Equestrian Park, Ottawa, ON (Oct. 11, 2011)
ROSS'S GOOSE: at the Giroux Road Quarry Ponds, E of Ottawa, ON (Oct. 11, 2011)
NELSON'S SPARROW: at Petrie Islands, ON (Oct. 11, 2011)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Baie Noire, QC (Oct. 9 - 22, 2011)
ROSS'S GOOSE: at the Moodie Drive Quarry Pond, S of Ottawa, ON (Oct. 9, 2011)
NELSON'S SPARROW: at Constance Bay, ON (Oct. 8-17, 2011)
MARBLED GODWIT: at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON (Oct. 3, 2011)
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: S of Eganville, ON (late Sep. 2011 to Dec. 24, 2011)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Pembroke, ON (Sep. 28-Oct. 2, 2011)
SABINE'S GULL: at Ottawa Beach, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 16-23, 2011)
POMARINE JAEGER: at Ottawa Beach, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 15, 2011)
FORSTER'S TERN: at Ottawa Beach, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 9, 2011)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Andrew Haydon Park West, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 7-14, 2011)
KENTUCKY WARBLER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Brighton, ON (Sep. 7, 2011)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Andrew Haydon Park West, Ottawa, ON (Aug. 26, 2011)
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER: at Casselman Sewage Lagoons, ON (Sep. 1, 2011)
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER: near Osgoode, ON (Aug. 30, 2011)
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER: at Pontiac Woods, Ottawa, ON (Aug. 22-23, 2011)
GLOSSY IBIS: at Cornwall, ON (Jul. 23 to at least Aug. 10, 2011)
WESTERN MEADOWLARK: at Panmure and Upper Dwyer Hill Roads, E of Pakenham, ON (Jul. 18 to at least Aug. 2, 2011)
WHITE-FACED IBIS: at Carp, ON (Jul. 4-8 and Jul. 12-13, 2011)
EARED GREBE: at Embrun Sewage Lagoons, then Casselman Sewage Lagoons, ON (Jul. 1 to at least Jul. 21, 2011)
MARBLED GODWIT: on Greenbank Road, S of Ottawa, ON (Jun. 9-10, 2011)
SAY'S PHOEBE: on Amherst Island, ON (Jun. 3, 2011)
PRAIRIE WARBLER: at the Deschênes Rapids, QC (Jun. 2, 2011)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER: at Aylmer, QC (May 29, 2011)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Russell Lagoons, ON (May 28, 2011)
FRANKLIN'S GULL: below the Deschênes Rapids, off Britannia Point, ON (May 26, 2011)
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER: at Britannia Conservation Area, Ottawa, ON (May 25, 2011)
CERULEAN WARBLER: at Champlain Lookout, Gatineau Park, QC (May 21, 2011)
WILLET: at Marais aux Grenouillettes, QC (May 14, 2011)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Baie de Lochaber, QC (May 8, 2011)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: south of Eardley, QC (Apr. 22, 2011)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Baie de la Pentecôte, Plaisance, QC (Apr. 9, 2011)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Cobbs Lake Creek at Russell Road, Bourget, ON (Apr. 3, 2011)
ROSS'S GOOSE: at Carp, ON (Mar. 24-25, 2011)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Kinburn and Carp, ON (Mar. 20 and 21-25, 2011)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: over the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, S of Ottawa, ON (Mar. 19, 2011)
ROSS'S GOOSE: at the Moodie Drive Quarry Pond and Twin Elm, S of Ottawa, ON (Mar. 19-20, 2011)
TRUMPETER SWAN: on the Jock River, SE of Carleton Place, ON (Mar. 11 to at least Mar. 20, 2010)
GYRFALCON: on Wolfe Island, ON (Mar. 9, 2011)
GRAY JAY: on Ramsay Lake Road, QC (Jan. 6 and Jan. 11, 2011)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: end of Goodin Street, Constance Bay, ON (Jan. 2 to at least Apr. 30, 2011)
NORTHERN HAWK OWL: near Quyon, QC (Dec. 26, 2010 to at least Mar. 4, 2011)
NORTHERN HAWK OWL: near Luskville, QC (Dec. 19, 2010 to at least Mar. 12, 2011)
NORTHERN HAWK OWL: W of Brennan's Hill, QC (Dec. 18, 2010 to at least Mar. 8, 2011)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: on 6th Line Road (c. Nov. 21, 2010 to at least Jan. 4, 2011)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: Chemin Fer-a-Cheval in Masson-Angers, QC (Oct. 31, 2010 to at least Jan. 8, 2011)


SIGHTING DETAILS

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Nov. 18, 2011 at Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Andrew Haydon Park page. Received via Ontbirds 5:54 PM, Nov. 19, 2011, thanks to Wilson Hum, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
Parasitic Jaeger - Champlain Bridge, QC - Oct. 27, 2011
         PARASITIC JAEGER:   On Oct. 27, 2011 an intermediate juvenile Parasitic Jaeger was seen on the Ottawa River, at the base of the Champlain Bridge, Gatineau, QC. A rarity for jaegers in Ottawa, this one was not a flyby, enabling numbers of birders to see and try to identify a sitting jaeger. Spent most of its time perched on the rocks exposed in this portion of the Ottawa River, making occassional brief flights. Seen from the Bate Island, the base of the Champlain Bridge and from above on the Champlain Bridge. A flyby jaeger was seen here on Oct. 29, but was not identified to species. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Champlain Bridge and Bate Island pages. Received via OFNC phone-alert 11:40 AM, Oct. 27, 2011, thanks to Gary McNulty, Aylmer, QC. Originally reported by by Tony Beck & Giovanni Pari.       Return to Main List
         BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE:   On Oct. 25, 2011 an adult Black-legged Kittiwake was observed flying upriver from Dunrobin Shore, ON. The sighting was made from the northeast end of the Thomas Dolan Parkway on the Ottawa River. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Dunrobin Shore page. Received via Ontbirds 12:53 PM, Oct. 25, 2011, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. Found by Ray Holland.       Return to Main List
         WESTERN GREBE:   On Oct. 23, 2011 a Western Grebe was discovered below the Deschênes Rapids, QC/ON. It was seen sporadically at least until Oct. 29. It can be seen from many vantage points on both sides of the river. It usually keeps out toward the middle and up to a km or two below the rapids. Perhaps the best spots are the boat launch at the end of Rue Houle on the Quebec side and the Deschênes Rapids Lookout on the Ontario side. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids, QC, the Britannia and the Deschênes Rapids Lookout pages. Received via Ontbirds 1:06 PM, Oct. 22, 2011, thanks to Mike Tate, Ottawa, ON. Found by Mark Gawn.       Return to Main List
         NORTHERN GANNET:   A juvenile Northern Gannet was seen on Oct. 22, 2011 flying west over the Deschênes Rapids, QC/ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids, QC and the Deschênes Rapids, ON pages. Received via Ontbirds 3:21 PM, Oct. 22, 2011, thanks to Richard Waters, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
Razorbill - Below the Deschênes Rapids, ON/QC - Oct. 23, 2011
         RAZORBILL:   On Oct. 22, 2011 a first winter Razorbill was discovered below the Deschênes Rapids, QC/ON. It was still present at least until Nov. 1. It can be seen from many vantage points on both sides of the river. Though it usually keeps out toward the middle, it has been seen reasonably close to the QC shore. Perhaps the best spots are the boat launch at the end of Rue Houle on the Quebec side and the Deschênes Rapids Lookout on the Ontario side. The bird has been actively diving, and has been seen flying up and down the river. This represents the first record for the Ottawa-Gatineau district and one of the few records for eastern Ontario. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids, QC, the Britannia and the Deschênes Rapids Lookout pages. Received via Ontbirds 1:06 PM, Oct. 22, 2011, thanks to Mike Tate, Ottawa, ON. Found by Mark Gawn.       Return to Main List
         NORTHERN GANNET:   A juvenile Northern Gannet was seen on Oct. 14, 2011 from Sand Point along the Ottawa River at Braeside (west of Arnprior) between 1:30 and 2:00 PM. Received via Ontbirds 6:55 PM, Oct. 14, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Oct. 11, 2011 at the Nepean Equestrian Park, at Moodie Drive and Corkstown Road, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Corkstown Road page. Received via Ontbirds 8:21 AM, Oct. 12, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         ROSS'S GOOSE:   Three Ross's Geese were seen on Oct. 11, 2011 at the Giroux Road Quarry Ponds, E of Ottawa, ON. The 2 adults and 1 juvenile were found in a flock of 150 Snow Geese. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Giroux Road Quarry Ponds page. Received via Ontbirds 1:29 PM, Oct. 9, 2011, thanks to Nina Stavlund, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         NELSON'S SPARROW:   On Oct. 11, 2011 a Nelson's Sparrow was seen at the south end of the causeway to Petrie Islands, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Petrie Islands page. Received via Ontbirds 1:29 PM, Oct. 9, 2011, thanks to Nina Stavlund, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A Eurasian Wigeon was seen on Oct. 9, 2011 at Baie Noire, QC. Two drakes were being seen there as late as Oct. 22. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Baie Noire page. Received via Ontbirds 8:21 AM, Oct. 12, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         ROSS'S GOOSE:   A Ross's Goose was seen on Oct. 9, 2011 at the Moodie Drive Quarry Pond, S of Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via Ontbirds 3:04 PM, Oct. 9, 2011, thanks to Nina Stavlund, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         NELSON'S SPARROW:   On Oct. 8, 2011 9 Nelson's Sparrows were seen at the mouth of Constance Creek in Constance Bay, ON. There were 11 the following day, and at least two birds lingered until Oct. 14, and one to Oct. 17. You will need boots for this. Normally you would need waders but the water is very low this year. To get to these birds, go to the east end of Baillie where it turns into Allbirch Road. Continue east to the dead end. Park out of the way of everyone's driveway and walk the fire trail due east (off the south side of the road) to Constance Creek. Then either walk north up the shoreline or through the Silver Maple swamp to the area of reeds and grasses at the river mouth. The birds are all through this area and were easy to see using quiet pishing. Morning is better for these birds since they react more to pishing then but you may be able to see them anytime. The coordinates of the site are: 45.477453 N, 76.066583 W (using Google Earth). Note that the fire access roads are public access but landowners do not always see it that way. Reassessing the possible impact on local landowners, it is suggested that you park at the fire access road at the corner of Sand Bay Street and Baillie. Do not block the fire road. Then walk east down the beach along the Ottawa River for about 400 m until you get to the grassy area just past the last house. This is where you should look for the Nelson's Sparrows. This is an easier and drier walk than the previous directions and will be less invasive for the locals. To get there, follow Constance Bay Drive in from Dunrobin Road. Turn right on Baillie just past the liquor store. Sand Bay is about 400 m east. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Constance Bay page. Received via Ontbirds 12:22 PM, Oct. 8, 2011, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Constance Bay, ON who found them with his dad, Richard.       Return to Main List
         MARBLED GODWIT:   On Oct. 3, 2011 around 0900 hrs a Marbled Godwit was reported from Shirleys Bay dyke, Ottawa, ON. It was never relocated, but those who went to search for it were rewarded by up to 31 Hudsonian Godwits. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay Dyke page. Received via Ontbirds 10:43 AM, Oct. 3, 2011, thanks to Brian Mortimer, Ottawa, ON who found it.      Return to Main List
         RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD:   A Rufous Hummingbird was has been coming to a feeder at 773 Sand Road, south of Eganville, ON since late Septemeber 2011. It was last seen Dec. 24. Directions: From Eganville, take 41 S to 512. Follow 512 until it takes a 90 degree turn left. Go straight onto Sand Road. The place is about 4 km up on the left at 773 Sand Road. Received via Ontbirds 1:31 PM, Dec. 11, 2011, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Constance Bay, ON.       Return to Main List
         PARASITIC JAEGER:   On Sep. 28, 2011 a juvenile Parasitic Jaeger was seen resting on the sand flats at the mouth of the Muskrat River beside the Pembroke Marina, Pembroke, ON. It has been seen chasing other birds, but spends much of its time loafing on the sand. Directions: Pembroke Marina is located in the town of Pembroke at the end of Albert Street. Received via Ontbirds 2:07 PM, Sep. 30, 2011, thanks to Mark Dojczman, Pembroke, ON.       Return to Main List
         SABINE'S GULL:   On the morning of Sep. 16, 2011 a juvenile Sabine's (Sab'-ins, not Say'-bynes or Saa-beens') Gull was seen at Ottawa Beach, Ottawa, ON. Seen again on Sep. 18 below the Deschênes Rapids with a Bonaparte's Gull, flying around fishermen on the QC side of the river. It was present again on Sep. 19 all day, and a second juvenile Sabine's Gull flew by going west at 6:50 PM. Still being seen until at least Sep. 23. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids, QC, the Deschênes Rapids, ON and the Ottawa Beach pages. Received via phone (OFNC RBA) 10:00 AM, Sep. 16, 2011, thanks to Brian Daly, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         POMARINE JAEGER:   On Sep. 15, 2011 at 0930 hrs a juvenile Pomarine Jaeger was seen at Ottawa Beach, Ottawa, ON. It was seen harassing gulls, but then moved off northwest toward Shirleys Bay. There were no rufous tones in the plumage, it appeared quite greyish-brown overall with crisp feather emargination and barring on the underparts. A bulky bird with a heavy bill and tiny rounded cental rectrices. The bird took off at 0940 hrs, flying rapidly NW over the river into the brisk NW wind. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Ottawa Beach, Andrew Haydon Park West, Dick Bell Park and Shirleys Bay Dyke pages. Received via phone 10:30 AM, Sep. 15, 2011, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. Found by Bob Bracken and Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         FORSTER'S TERN:   On Sep. 9, 2011 a 1st-year Forster's Tern transitioning from juvenile to near winter plumage was seen off Ottawa Beach, ON, flying & feeding towards Dick Bell Park between 1245 and 1630 hrs. Roosting on the small rocks to the west of Britannia Point, fishing and ranging between Deschênes Rapids in the east to Dick Bell Park earlier in the afternoon. The Tern's dark eye patch and dark bill was clearly seen along with the pale upper wings, dark primary under wing trailing edge, the bird was seen well roosting on the rocks, showed a light gray cap and nape and some traces of juvenile plumage on the mantle and wing coverts. However, overall it resembles a winter plumage bird. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Ottawa Beach, Andrew Haydon Park West, Dick Bell Park, Deschênes Rapids, ON and Britannia Pier pages. Received via Ontbirds 1:19 PM, Sep. 9, 2011, thanks to Roger Clark, Ottawa, ON. Found by Paul Matthews.       Return to Main List
Parasitic Jaeger - Andrew Haydon Park West, ON - Sep. 12, 2011
         PARASITIC JAEGER:   On Sep. 7, 2011 an intermediate juvenile Parasitic Jaeger was seen at Shirleys Bay, ON. Seen along the Ottawa River from the Deschênes Rapids to Dick Bell Park repeatedly through to at least Sep. 14. It patrols the waterfront along the Ottawa River between Britannia Pier and Dick Bell Park. It has been spending most of the time loafing a few 100 meters offshore, but has flown close by a few times while in pursuit of Ring-billed Gulls. Best viewing from the north end of Scrivens Road and Andrew Haydon Park East and West. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Ottawa Beach, Andrew Haydon Park West, Dick Bell Park, Shirleys Bay Dyke and Britannia Pier pages. Received via Ontbirds 11:22 AM, Sep. 7, 2011, thanks to Michael Tate, Ottawa, ON. Found by Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List
         KENTUCKY WARBLER:   On Sep. 7, 2011 a Kentucky Warbler was seen on the Jobes' Woods trail at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Brighton, ON. It could not be re-located the following day. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via Ontbirds 8:21 PM, Sep. 8, 2011, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton, ON.       Return to Main List
         PARASITIC JAEGER:   On May 28, 2007 an adult light morph Parasitic Jaeger was seen flying along the Ottawa River at the Deschênes Rapids. The jaeger flew in from the east, spooked all the gulls that were resting on the exposed rocks at the Deschênes Rapids, then continued west and disappeared. It was relocated off Dick Bell Park from upper Deschênes Rapids, but could not be found there later. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids, ON, Deschênes Rapids, QC and Dick Bell Park pages. Received via Ontbirds 10:29 AM, Aug. 26, 2011, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List
         BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER:   On Sep. 1, 2011 a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen at Casselman Sewage Lagoons, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Casselman Sewage Lagoons page. Received via Ontbirds 10:10 AM, Sep. 6, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER:   On Aug. 30, 2011 at around 11:30 AM a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen on a sod field on Snake Island Road north of Osgoode, ON. Directions: from Ottawa take Highway 416 South to Roger Stevens Drive (County Road 6) east toward Kars and Osgoode. Following CR6 across the Rideau River and River Road. Shortly CR6 turns left off of the road to Osgoode. You are now on Snake Island Road. In five kilometres or so Snake Island Road (CR6) crosses Manotick Station Road. In approximately 200 m there is a sod farm field on the left (northwest) where the bird was seen. Received via OFNC eAlert 1:13 PM, Aug. 30, 2011, thanks to Gordon Pringle Ottawa, ON. Found by Bob Cermak and Bruce Di Labio.       Return to Main List
         BLUE-WINGED WARBLER:   On August 22, 2011 a Blue-winged Warbler was seen in Ottawa West, ON. It was in the wooded area north of Pontiac Street and south of the Ottawa River Parkway. It was just off the main east-west trail on a short side trail that goes south to an opening in the fence that borders Pontiac Street on the north side. This opening is between Cowley and Keyworth Avenues. The bird was a bit dull-plumaged (presumably a female or young bird) but still quite recognizable. It was foraging very actively slightly above eye level or maybe a little higher. It was seen in the same general area on the following day Aug. 23. Received via Ontbirds 2:03 PM, Aug. 23, 20117, thanks to Paul Matthews, Ottawa, ON. Found and photographed by Barb Robertson.       Return to Main List
         GLOSSY IBIS:   A Glossy Ibis was discovered at 7:15 PM on July 23, 2011 out on the marsh at Richmond Drive bog, a few kilometers west of Cornwall, ON. The same bird was present in good viewing from the railroad spur which runs through the area most of the day on July 24. It appears to be an immature ibis, but clearly shows the facial distinguishing marks. It was still present until at least Aug. 10. Directions: To get to this area from the west, take Highway 401 and exit at Power Dam Drive. (You can't exit Power Dam Drive coming from the east.) Go south to the old Highway 2, which is now called Vincent Massey Drive. At the stoplight, turn right (west) and drive approximately 1 mile to Richmond Drive. Go north on Richmond Drive and take a sharp left. At the bottom of the hill, is a walking path up to the abandoned spur line. If you cross the railroad you have gone too far. Once you reach the spur line turn left and walk the tracks to the marsh area. Please stay on the tracks for your observations. The ibis has been in various locations on the north side of the tracks. Coming from the east, exit Highway 401 at Brookdale Avenue. Go south over the 401 until you come to the first stoplight. Turn right on Tollgate Road. Follow Tollgate Road until you come to Vincent Massey Drive. Turn right (west) and proceed to Richmond Drive, approximately 2 kilometers. Follow directions above. Local birders use this area as a sanctuary. It is private property. Please respect the area and do not play loud recording devices and above all enjoy the birding. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Cornwall page. Received via Ontbirds 12:07 PM, Ju1. 25, 2011, thanks to Bob Scranton, Cornwall, ON.       Return to Main List
         WESTERN MEADOWLARK:   A Western Meadowlark was discovered on Ju1. 20, 2011 at Panmure and Upper Dwyer Hill Roads, E of Pakenham, ON. It was singing from the top of the telephone pole near the vegetable stand. It has apparently been there for at least three days. It was still present until at least Aug. 2. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Panmure Road Heronry page. Received via OFNC RBA 1:35 PM, Ju1. 20, 2011, thanks to Colin Bowen, Ottawa, ON. Found by Ray Holland, Pakenham, ON.       Return to Main List
         WHITE-FACED IBIS:   An ibis, first believed to be a Glossy Ibis, was determined to be a White-faced Ibis when closer looks were had and detailed photos taken. Showing clearly were the pinkish "knees" and face, along with reddish eyes. The non-breeding one year old bird was seen on Jul. 4, 2011 along the Carp River at Carp, ON. Best viewed from the dead end on Rivington Street in Carp. If you walk down the field to the creek edge, you may get even better views. The bird is not skittish. It flies in from the east in the early morning and flies back east in the evening, presumably to a favorite roost. It was still present on July 8, and again from the afternoon of July 12 to July 13. A pelgadis ibis, likely this bird, was seen from a distance at the Pinecrest Creek outflow just east of Britannia on the morning of July 12. The is the first record for this species in the Ottawa Checklist Circle. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Carp River Floodplain page. Received via the OFNC RBA 2:20 PM, Jul. 4, 2011, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. Found by Ben Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List
White-faced Ibis at Carp, ON - Ju1. 7, 2011
White-faced Ibis at Carp, ON - Ju1. 7, 2011
Eared Grebe at Embrun Sewage Lagoons, Embrun, ON - Ju1. 3, 2011
         EARED GREBE:   An Eared Grebe was discovered on Ju1. 1, 2011 at Embrun Sewage Lagoons, Embrun, ON. It was in the pond immediately behind the small white building and to the west, otherwise described as the southwest pond. It kept as far away from people as possible, sticking to the middle of the pond. The bird was present there on July 4, and returned again July 7, staying until at least July 21. On July 5 it was found at the Casselman Sewage Lagoons, Casselman, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Embrun Sewage Lagoons and Casselman Sewage Lagoons pages. Received via email 9:43 AM, Ju1. 2, 2011, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. Found by Mark Patry, Ottawa, ON. Refound in Casselman by Nina Stavlund. Refound at Embrun by Roger Clark.       Return to Main List
Marbled Godwit along Greenbank Road, S of Ottawa, ON - Jun. 9, 2011
         MARBLED GODWIT:   A Marbled Godwit was seen on Jun. 9-10, 2011 along Greenbank Road, S of Ottawa, ON. It was in the flooded field to the west of Greenbank, between West Hunt Club and Fallowfield Roads. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Greenbank Road N of Fallowfield page. Received via OFNC RBA 5:38 PM, Jun. 9, 2011, thanks to Garry McNulty, Aylmer, QC. Found by Rick Poulin, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         SAY'S PHOEBE:   An alternative/breeding plumaged Say's Phoebe was seen on Jun. 3, 2011 along the south side of 2nd Concession, on the north/south fence line to the west of the house number 4725, Amherst Island, ON. An hour later it was in a small treed area half a km to the east of the barns at 4295. Please do not leave the road as it private property. The rancher who visits the farm daily does not want people going onto the property. Go south from the ferry dock to the fourway stop. Proceed south on Stella 40 Foot Road to 2nd Concession Road. Turn west and drive four or five km looking for the bird along the wires near barns at 4295. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Amherst Island page. Received via Ontbirds 12:59 PM, Jun. 3, 2011, thanks to Pete Read.       Return to Main List
         PRAIRIE WARBLER:   On June 2, 2011 a male Prairie Warbler was seen along the bike path near the gull colony at the Deschênes Rapids, QC. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids, QC page. Received via Ontbirds 7:21 PM, Jun. 7, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER:   On May 29, 2011 a Yellow-throated Warbler was seen at 22 Rue St. Malo, Aylmer, QC (the area is north of Chemin McConnell, adjacent Parc St. Malo). It was seen briefly before it headed south. Not seen again. Received via the email RBA at 4:31 PM, May 29, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON. Found by Gilles Seutin, Aylmer, QC.       Return to Main List
         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A drake Eurasian Wigeon was seen on the evening of May 28, 2011 at the Russell Sewage Lagoons, Russell, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Russell Sewage Lagoons page. Received via email RBA 7:30 AM, May 29, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON. Found by Giovanni Pari.       Return to Main List
         FRANKLIN'S GULL:   On May 26, 2011 a adult Franklin's Gull was seen below the Deschênes Rapids, off Britannia Point, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Britannia Conservation Area, Deschênes Rapids, ON and Deschênes Rapids, QC pages. Received via the OFNC RBA at 3:15 PM, May 26, 2011, thanks to Garry McNulty, Aylmer, QC. Found by Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List
         BLUE-WINGED WARBLER:   On the morning of May 25, 2011 a singing Blue-winged Warbler was seen in the open area north of the sumac field on the west side of the Britannia Conservation Area, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Britannia Conservation Area page. Received via Ontbirds 12:28 PM, May 26, 2011, thanks to Paul Matthews, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         CERULEAN WARBLER:   On the morning of May 21, 2011 a pair of Cerulean Warblers were seen and heard at the Champlain Lookout, Gatineau Park, QC. The confusing directions from the Rare Birds of Quebec website are: "The pair was observed halfway from the parking lot along the main trail that leads to the Western Lodge trail. It is interesting to note that this species has been absent from this location for the past three years." Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Champlain Lookout page. Received via OFNC email alert 9:16 PM, May 21, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         WILLET:   A Willet was seen on May 14, 2011 at Marais aux Grenouillettes, Quebec side of the Ottawa River east of Gatineau. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Marais aux Grenouillettes page. Received via Ontbirds 8:57 AM, May 17, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A drake Eurasian Wigeon was seen on May 8, 2011 on Baie de Lochaber, Quebec side of the Ottawa River east of Thurso. It was seen from the constructed viewing area with the large cross and the funny little outhouse along Hwy 148. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Baie de Lochaber page. Received via Ontbirds 5:42 PM, May 8, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON. Discovered by Anouk Hoedeman, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Apr. 22, 2011 in a marsh along McKibbon Road, south of Eardley, QC. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Chemin Parker page. Received via Ontbirds 7:39 AM, April 26, 2011, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Apr. 9, 2011 in Baie de la Pentecôte, Plaisance, QC. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Plaisance Sector of the Plaisance Provincial Park page. Discovered on the Rare Birds of Quebec website May 10, 2011, thanks to Louise Simard, QC.       Return to Main List
         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Apr. 3, 2011 at Cobbs Lake Creek at Russell Road, Bourget, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Cobbs Lake Creek at Russell Road page. Received via Ontbirds 10:41 AM, Apr. 4, 2011, thanks to Bob Cermak, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         ROSS'S GOOSE:   Two Ross's Geese were seen on Mar. 24, 2011 along the Carp River at Carp ON. They were with a flock of 100's of Canada Geese, 4 Greater White-fronted Geese, a Cackling Goose and 4 Snow Geese that can be viewed from either Carp Road or Rivington Street in Carp. On March 25, four Ross's Geese were present. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Carp River Floodplain page. Received via Ontbirds 11:52 AM, Mar. 24, 2011, thanks to Pat Blake, Ottawa, ON and at 5:01 PM, Mar. 21, 2011, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List
         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A flock of six Greater White-fronted Geese were seen on Mar. 20, 2011 along John Shaw Road just east of the Kinburn Sideroad along the Carp River near Kinburn, ON. On March 21 presumably the same six were found 11 km downstream at Carp ON. They were with a flock of 1500+ Canada Geese and 4 Cackling Geese that can be viewed from either Carp Road or Rivington Street in Carp. They were still present to Mar. 25. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Carp River Floodplain page. Received via Ontbirds 4:00 PM, Mar. 20, 2011, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Constance Bay, ON and at 5:01 PM, Mar. 21, 2011, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List
         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen flying over the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON on Mar. 19, 2011. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via Ontbirds 5:38 PM, Mar. 19, 2011, thanks to Mark Gawn, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
Ross's Geese among Canada Geese at Twin Elm, ON - Mar. 27, 2011
         ROSS'S GOOSE:   An adult (white) Ross's Goose was seen on Mar. 19, 2011 on 3rd Line, just south of Brophy Drive. In the evening, 2 Ross's Geese flew in with the flocks of Canada Geese to the Moodie Drive Quarry Pond, S of Ottawa, ON and not far north of the first sighting. Probably the same pair was found Mar. 20 at the north end of Twin Elm Road, in a flooded field off the end of the road. Please park at the end of the road, just where it turns right into a residence. Do not block their driveway. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, the Twin Elm and the Brophy / Bankfield Road pages. Received via Ontbirds 5:38 PM, Mar. 19, 2011, thanks to Mark Gawn, Ottawa, ON. Photo coutesy Antoinette Neily.      Return to Main List
Trumpeter Swan breeding pair - Jock River, SE of Carleton Place, ON - Mar. 27, 2011
         TRUMPETER SWAN:   On Mar. 11, 2011 a family of Trumpeter Swans, 2 adults and four first year birds, was discovered in Carleton Place, ON on the Mississippi River. By Mar. 20, the pair of adults had returned to last year's breeding site along 9th Line Beckwith Township on the Jock River, SE of Carleton Place, ON. No doubt they plan on breeding in this area again this year. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Jock River at 9th Line Beckwith page. Received via email 5:05 PM, Mar. 11, 2011, thanks to Michael Jaques, Carleton Place, ON via Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         GYRFALCON:   On Mar. 9, 2011, a Gyrfalcon was seen on Wolfe Island, ON. No further details. Directions: Wolfe Island is located off Kingston, ON and the ferry is located along the waterfront. Received via email 8:54 AM, Mar. 11, 2011, thanks to Peter Good, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List
         GRAY JAY:   On Jan. 6 and Jan. 11, 2011, one and two Gray Jays respectively, were seen on the Eardly-Masham Road, Gatineau Park, QC; the first near Ramsey Lake and the pair farther south. Two of these birds were seen along the same road on Oct. 10, 2010. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Chemin Eardley-Masham (Ramsay Lake Road) page. Received via email 5:27 PM, Jan. 11, 2011, thanks to Christina Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:   From Jan. 2 to at least Feb. 27, 2011 a male Red-bellied Woodpecker has been seen around the end of Goodin Street, Constance Bay, ON. Likely the same bird was seen and heard here on Apr. 22 to at least Apr. 30, 2011. Directions for, and further information about, this area can be found on the Constance Bay page. Received via Ontbirds 5:27 PM, Jan. 11, 2011, thanks to Christina Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         NORTHERN HAWK OWL:   A Northern Hawk Owl was seen Dec. 26, 2010 just east of Quyon, QC at the corner of Highway 148 and Chemin Murray. It was seen near Trudeau's garage on Highway 148 at Quyon on Dec. 30. It was seen again on Feb. 20 and Mar. 4 along Route 148. Discovered on the Rare Birds of Quebec website Jan. 28, 2011, thanks to Louise Simard, QC.       Return to Main List
         NORTHERN HAWK OWL:   A Northern Hawk Owl was found Dec. 19, 2010 SE of Luskville, QC at the corner of Highway 148 and Chemin Tremblay. Almost certainly the same bird was found one kilometre away at Chemin des Dominicains and Chemin de la Rivière on Jan. 4-6, 2011. Seen again Mar. 4, 6 and 12, 2011. Discovered on the COO's Observations website Jan. 28, 2011, thanks to Robert LeBrun, QC.       Return to Main List
         NORTHERN HAWK OWL:   A Northern Hawk Owl was found Dec. 18, 2010 and was present until at least Mar. 8, 2011 near Blackwater River on Chemin Neely, west of Brennan's Hill, QC. Directions: Go north on Autoroute de la Gatineau or Highway 5 as far as it has been extended (presently just west of Cascades). Take the exit road to Highway 105 and go left or north on it. Follow 105 north to Wakefield, where it joins Highway 366 (may be called Autoroute 5 here as well). Continue north on 105/366/5 for about 3 km where they part ways again. Turn left or north and continue on Highway 105 for 16.5 km to reach the Chemin McDonald in Brennan's Hill. Turn left or west and go 8.5 km on McDonald to Chemin Neely, then go north about a kilometre on Neely to Blackwater River. Discovered on the Rare Birds of Quebec website Dec. 21, 2010, thanks to Louise Simard, QC.       Return to Main List
         RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:   From around Nov. 21, 2010 to at least Jan. 4, 2011 a male Red-bellied Woodpecker has been regular at a property on the 6th Line Road, near Riddell Drive, in the Kanata/Dunrobin, ON area. Directions for, and further information about, this area can be found on the Riverfront Park page. Received via Ontbirds 8:57 AM, Dec. 14, 2010, thanks to Christina Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List
         RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:   On Oct. 31, 2010 to at least Jan. 8, 2011 a Red-bellied Woodpecker was seen at a feeder on Chemin Fer-à-Cheval in Masson-Angers, QC. Directions for, and further information about, this area can be found on the Chemin Fer-à-Cheval (Masson Ferry Dock) page. Received via Ontbirds 10:07 AM, Nov. 2, 2010, thanks to Christina Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List


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