Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 8-14 ,2011 Parasitic Jaeger still present at Andrew Haydon Park.

The juvenile Parasitic Jaeger is still present along the Ottawa River between Dick Bell Park and Britannia Pier. This is the longest stay for any jaeger and if you haven't seen it yet and need it for a lifer or your Ottawa district list don't wait any longer! Most jaeger observations in the Ottawa district are "one day wonders". On Monday morning it was seen from the east entrance of Andrew Haydon Park (the old Ottawa Beach site) as it made several attempts chasing Ring-billed Gulls and tried to force them to drop food. In the afternoon I did see it successfully harass a Ring-billed Gull which finally dropped its food and the jaeger picked it up off the water. Also present is a very tame Red-necked Phalarope that has been spending most of its time feeding in the small bay just east of Ottawa Beach.

A quick fly-by as the Parasitic Jaeger heads east towards Britannia Pier.

Juvenile Parasitic Jaeger

Juvenile Parasitic Jaeger in hot pursuit of a Ring-billed Gull.

The Red-necked Phalarope is a rare but regular fall migrant along the Ottawa River.

Red-necked Phalarope successfully catches food.

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