Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015 Ottawa: Spring migration underway

Hi Ontbirders

Today , April 2, there was an impressive movement of Canada Geese over Ottawa just west of Deschenes Rapids.  Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. I counted over 15,000 Canada Geese as they flew along the Ottawa River/ Lake Deschenes in flocks ranging from 20-400 from the northwest and continuing southeast. It was like a reverse migration. It appears these birds over shot and found only snow covered fields and frozen water north of the Ottawa region. As flock after flock headed southeast I observed 3 adult Greater White-fronted Geese, 4 Cackling Geese and 1 Snow Goose. I also observed 2 Sandhill Crane, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Bald Eagle, 40+ Bohemian Waxwing and 1 Pine Grosbeak. At the top end of the Deschenes Rapids there were a number of ducks feeding in the rapids including 3 (2 male/1 female) Barrow’s Goldeneye, and 1 male Common X Barrow’s Goldeneye. Due to the prolonged cold winter the Ottawa River is still frozen except for fast flowing water at the rapids. It still looks like mid winter along the river. With milder weather on its way the ice will begin to open quickly.

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