The birding along the Ottawa River continues to be unpredictable this winter in spite of the extreme cold and ice conditions. A total of 3 Red-necked Grebes were discovered this morning, two at Deschenes Rapids and one at Remic Rapids. Mid winter records for the Ottawa-Gatineau district are very rare and usually associated with mild conditions. There was also one Horned Grebe observed at Deschenes Rapids which there are only a few winter records for the Ottawa-Gatineau district too. There have a been a few other sightings of but grebes over the past week in eastern Ontario including, the Kingston area, Presqu'ile Provincial Park and a couple towards the Toronto region. Since there has been no mild weather are these birds being forced out of there wintering areas on the Great Lakes due to the ice conditions?
|photo courtesy of John Cooper|
One of 3 Red-necked Grebes found along the Ottawa River today.