Saturday, December 13, 2008

Barrow's Goldeneye, Northern Mockingbird & Yellow-rumped Warbler

December 10, 2008

Today, December 10th, despite the wintery conditions I spent a couple of hours birding around the Ottawa area. There was a female Barrow's Goldeneye present on the Rideau River near the Rideau Tennis Club. It was in a mixed flock of male and female Common Goldeneye. Watch for the distinctive head shape and "pumpkin" orange bill. There was also two female Common Goldeneyes with yellow-orange bills. Great for comparison.

The Northern Mockingbird was still present on Grandview Road sitting in a tree near house # 236, this individual has been there since at least December 4th. The Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler which has been in the ravine behind my home in Carp since November 26th is now coming regularly to my suet feeder. It was present this morning at 11:30 am.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Carp, Ontario

Yesterday, December 9th there was a Northern Flicker hanging around the Ottawa Duck Club feeders near the corner of March Valley Road and Riddell Road.

Good birding,

Directions: From Ottawa take 417 east to the Vanier Parkway and exit north. Follow parkway to Donald Street and turn left (west) and continue to River Road. Turn left on River Rd. and then right on Olga St. which is a dead end. Park and walk over to the open area of water along the Rideau River. There are a small number of Common Goldeneye's and lots of Mallards. If you require additional information, please email me privately.

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