Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 22, 2011 Razorbill at Deschenes Rapids!

The Razorbill found by Mark Gawn was still present at dusk tonight. It had drifted a little east of Deschenes Lookout (west end lookout of the Ottawa River Parkway) and was out in the middle of the river where the gulls were resting/roosting. It appeared to be in good condition and was observed diving numerous times earlier during the afternoon. At dusk it appeared to be settling in for the night. This represents the first record for the Ottawa-Gatineau district and one of the few records for eastern Ontario. There is a specimen record from October 14,1950 in Big Rideau Lake,Lanark County, a photographic record of a specimen from Wolfe Island on November 29, 1984, and sight record from Lake Dore from December 1-5,1989, and another sight record from the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall on November 27, 1987. I would watch out for anything along the Ottawa River since this bird is likely from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. So anything is possible!

Immature Razorbill: First record for the Ottawa-Gatineau district.

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