Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23,2013 Sabine's Gull and Ross's Goose in Ottawa!

Hi Everyone 

The  local Ottawa birding continues to be exciting with an adult Sabine's Gull found yesterday evening by Jake Walker. This individual was still present today, Sept.23rd, feeding below  Deschenes Rapids with 11 Bonaparte's Gulls and 100+ Ring-billed Gulls as they were fly-catching or picking emergent insects off the surface of the water. The Ross's Goose was feeding in a sport's field just west of Moodie Drive along Carling Ave. along with 100+ Canada Geese this afternoon at around 3:00p.m. It was still present at 4:00 p.m. 

Good birding, 

The Ross's Goose was first recorded in the Ottawa-Gatineau district in April 1997 and now there are over 40 records .  

This represents the earliest fall record for the Ottawa-Gatineau district  of Ross's Goose. 

Adult Sabine's Gull records are very rare in eastern Ontario. The majority of records are typically juvenile birds.   

The adult breeding plumage Sabine's Gull is unmistakable. The bold wing pattern is obvious at a distance. Unlike other gull species the adults retains its breeding plumage late into the fall season. There are at least 5 records of adults compared to 40+ records of juvenile plumage birds in eastern Ontario. 

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