Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012 Local birding around Ottawa.

Hi Everyone
Spent a number of hours birding along the Ottawa River and a couple of nearby woodlots. Overall it was quiet except for numerous flocks of Bohemian Waxwings flying over. I observed one flock of 100+ near the corner of Moodie Drive and Carling Ave. and another flock of 50+  near Carleton University. With the number of fruit/berry trees in the Ottawa area I'm sure the waxwings will be around for some time.
 Still 1000's of Canada Geese along the Ottawa River and feeding in fields on the outskirts of the city. I've noticed on birding list servers there has been a few Pink-footed Geese in north-eastern United States and Newfoundland. I know it's tedious but it's worth checking all the flocks of geese. There is a spring record of Pink-footed Goose at Plaisance, Quebec back in late April 2004. This maybe the next new species for Ontario. With the Pink-footed Goose record from  Plaisance and a Barnacle Goose record (banded) further east at Bainsville near the Ontario-Quebec border be sure to check all Canada Geese flocks.   Anything is possible!

Good birding, Bruce

1 comment:

dwaynejava said...

Thanks for the great reports Bruce. I hope these Bohemian Waxwings make it down to Essex County this Winter. I saw a flock of Waxwings at Rondeau last week, but they had white undertail coverts! (boring!)
Good birding, Dwayne