Friday, November 27, 2009

November 26, 2009 Gulls , Goldeneyes and feeders

On November 26th, at noon the two male Barrow's Goldeneye were still frequenting the Rideau River north of Hwy 417 near the Rideau Tennis Club. There in a flock of 60+ Common Goldeneye. Spent an hour towards dusk observing gulls coming in to roost on the Ottawa River off Andrew Haydon Park. The viewing conditions were excellent and I counted 17 Glaucous (various ages), 7 Iceland (various ages), 4 adult Lesser Black-backed, and 350+ Great black-backed Gull. Also, still 1000's of Canada Geese coming in to roost at dark.
Good birding, Bruce

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 Rideau Tennis Club/Rideau River.

Directions: AHP: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Greenbank Road exit. Turn north and follow to Carling Ave. Turn left and follow to Andrew Haydon Park (Holly Acres Road) and turn right.

The House Finch was unknown in Ontario prior to 1970 and first recorded in Ottawa in 1977.

The female House Finch in easily recogonzed by its gray/brown coloration, slim appearance and streaking on the breast.

The American Goldfinch like many of the finches enjoy niger feed.

The male Barrow's Goldeneyes are still present on the Rideau River in Ottawa.

During the winter months many birders come to the Ottawa area to record their "lifer" Barrow's Goldeneye.

Note the blacker side and distinct head shape of the male Barrow's Goldeneye.

The purplish sheen on the head and black and white checkered pattern on the scapulars are helpful identification marks.

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