Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010 Snowy Owls, Barrow's Goldeneye and Song Sparrows east of Ottawa.

Spent the morning birding various sites around the Ottawa area. Along Eagleson Road near Brownlee road we observed a flock of 300+ Snow Bunting and 1 Red-tailed Hawk at Hwy. 416 and Bankfield Road. The most interesting area near Ste. Rose just east of Casselman. We observed 4 Snowy Owls, 1 Cooper's, Rough-legged, and 1 Red-tailed Hawk. There was also a large flock of Snow Buntings. The biggest surprise was 4 Song Sparrows , a flock of three and a single birds feeding along the shoulder of the road where the grass was exposed. Along the Rideau River at the Rideau Tennis Club 1 male Barrow's Goldeneye was still present feeding in the remaining small area of open water along with 20+ Common Goldeneye and 200+ Mallards and a few Am. Black Ducks.

Snowy Owl resting on telephone pole along Cons. 20.

Great views of a male Barrow's Goldenye along the Rideau River at the Rideau Tennis Club.

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