Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 27, 2012 Bald Eagle nesting at Shirley's Bay

After building a nest last spring but not nesting,  Bald Eagles have returned to Shirley's Bay. On March 20th I observed 2 adults around the nest and on March 21st, one of the adults was sitting on the nest. On March 27th one adult was still observed sitting. This is the first nesting record for the Ottawa district and it will be interesting to see how the eagles do. During the previous breeding bird atlas (2001-2005) no nesting was documented in the Ottawa area. Occasionally individuals are observed during the summer months along the Ottawa River and mutiplie birds by late August to early September.

After building a nest during the spring of 2011 the Bald Eagles have returned

Bald Eagle sitting on nest at Shirley's Bay.

March 25, 2012 Presqu'ile Birding

Hi Everyone
Today at Presqu'ile P.P. we observed 2 Snowy Owls off Owen Point, 1 on Gull Island and the second on High Bluff Island. It was interesting that the first one was sitting very close to, two Ring-billed Gulls on a log-maybe the Snowy already had breakfast?? On Owen Point there was a Northern Shrike hunting a Song Sparrow. There were 4 Red-throated Loons on Popham Bay and one off the lighthouse. On a earlier visit to Presqu'ile on March 23rd, I observed a very early Caspian Tern off Owen Point ( not sure what the earliest record is for Ontario?), 1 Virginia Rail calling at the Marsh Boardwalk and a Yellow-rumped Warbler on March 22nd in a flock of Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets at Calf Pasture.
Good Birding, Bruce

Courtesy Fred Helleiner: To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds there. Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

March 23, 2012 Long-billed Dowitcher in eastern Ontario

The recent heat wave to hit eastern Ontario brought with it a number of very early arrivals including a Long-billed Dowitcher just east of Ottawa along Bearbrook Creek off Frank Kenny road. The dowitcher was first observed on March 21st and thought to be a Short-billed Dowitcher. After researching migration data on both short-billed and long-billed is was determined to likely be a Long-billed Dowitcher. The bird wasn't observed on March 22nd but was relocated on March 23rd. It was photographed and studied well and is the first record for March in Ontario with the previous record early date,  April 4th. There was also a Long-billed Dowitcher observed on March 22nd near Hillsman Marsh in southern Ontario and a  dowitcher reported in upper New York state. Another interesting observation was of a  Plegadis (Glossy/White-faced) Ibis on March 23rd  Presqu'ile  Provincial Park. This is another record early date  for any ibis in Ontario. Unfortunately the ibis wasn't relocated.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 Ross's Goose along the Carp River.

Hi Everyone
While doing some yard work late this morning I observed a Ross's Goose fly over in a flock of Canada Geese. I was able to relocate the Ross's Goose along the Carp River off Rivington Street at 12:05pm. It was still present at 12:20pm. There were also 2 Snow Geese, 1 white and 1 blue morph and 1 Cackling Goose among the 1500+ geese.
Good birding, Bruce

From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to the Carp Road exit. and turn right (north) and follow Carp Road to the village of Carp. After crossing the bridge take the first right (east) on Rivington Street and follow to the end. 

Ross's Goose along the Carp River. 

March 19, 2012 Back home!

After 5 weeks on the road leading birding tours in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and 2 Cuba tours, Its now time to catch up on my blog. The past 3 weeks I had no internet access or it was to difficult - to slow to update my blog. It will take a week or so to get caught up. Stay tuned!