Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 3, 2012 Ottawa'a first ever Cave Swallow!

The Ottawa-Gatineau districts first ever Cave Swallow was discovered along the Ottawa River off Bate Island at the Champlain Bridge during the morning on November 3, 2012. Two swallows were observed feeding off the south east corner of Bate Island over the channel by Ian Davidson and others.  Due to the distance a positive ID  wasn't possible. Ian phoned me and I was there in minutes. With a scope we identified the swallows, 1 Cave and 1 Cliff. The birds were enjoyed by many who where able to make it down. Below is a series of Cave Swallow photos. More later!  
 
Hi Everyone
Lots of bird activity along the Ottawa River yesterday, November 3rd. During a hour period, 9:00-10:00am a group of us birding at Dick Bell Park recorded 14 Red-throated Loon, 6 Common Loon, 60+ Long-tailed Duck, 4 Golden Eagle, and 1 Peregrine Falcon. All the birds were migrating south except for the flock of Long-tailed Ducks which stayed on the river.
Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Dick Bell Park is located along Carling Ave. just west of Holly Acres Road and Andrew Haydon Park. 
 
 
 
 

Ottawa district's first ever Cave Swallow.






3 comments:

Alex MacDonald said...

Excellent shots, Bruce!

Dianne C., Humano-gaian said...

Cool! Did you hear BC got its first? http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/2012/11/11-nov-cave-swallow-at-iona.html

Jacques said...

Thanks to your prompt post Bruce, I was able to see and photograph the Cave Swallow. Also a very big thank you to the discoverers for sharing this amazing sighting.

Jacques Bouvier