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   2004 RARE BIRD SUMMARY
This is the NeilyWorld rare bird summary. Click to see information on the official RBA's and Listserv's in the Ottawa area.

Last updated: 1800 hrs, April 18, 2005.

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   SIGHTING HIGHLIGHTS

Great Gray Owl - Hull, QC - Dec. 4, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum
Great Gray Owl - Hull, QC - Dec. 4, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum

GREAT GRAY OWL: near Watson's Corners, ON (Dec. 30, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near MacDonald's Corners, ON (Dec. 30, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: east of Carp, ON (Dec. 28, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: in Cumberland, ON (Dec. 27, 2004 to at least Jan. 7, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: on Huntmar Road, Kanata, ON (Dec. 27, 2004 to at least Mar. 28, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: west of Carleton Place, ON (Dec. 27, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Fitzroy and Galetta, ON (Dec. 26 to at least Feb. 21, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: in Chelsea, QC (Dec. 26, 2004)
BOREAL OWL: at Pakenham, ON (Dec. 26, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Carleton Place, ON (Dec. 21, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: along Twin Elm Road, east of Richmond, ON (Dec. 21, 2004)
VARIED THRUSH: at 25 Parker Ave, Nepean, ON (Dec. 21, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Bourget?, ON (Dec. 20, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Parham, ON (Dec. 20, 2004 to at least Jan. 14, 2005)
IVORY GULL: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Dec. 19, 2004)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at Mer Bleue, ON (Dec. 19, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: west of Almonte, ON (Dec. 19, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Vankleek Hill, ON (Dec. 19, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Playfairville, ON (Dec. 18, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Dec. 18, 2004 to at least Jan. 28, 2005 and Mar. 24, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at March Valley and Riddell Roads, Ottawa, ON (Dec. 18, 2004 to at least Mar. 31, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Val-des-Monts, QC (Dec. 17, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Ottawa, ON (Dec. 17 - 19, 2004)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Almonte, ON (Dec. ?, 2004 to at least Mar. 1, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Arnprior, ON (Dec. 15, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Kinburn, ON (Dec. 12, 2004 to at least Apr. 8, 2005)
BOREAL OWL: at Constance Bay, ON (Dec. 12, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Alfred, ON (Dec. 11, 2004)
BOREAL OWL: at the extreme south of Lac des Fées, Hull, QC (Dec. 5, 2004)
GYRFALCON: at Kingston, ON (Dec. 5, 2004)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: on Rideau Valley Drive, south of Manotick, ON (c. Dec. 1, 2004 to at least Mar. 13, 2005)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at Hull, QC (Nov. 30 to at least Mar. 20, 2005)
SABINE'S GULL: at Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, ON (Nov. 23, 2004)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE: at Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, ON (Nov. 23 - 24, 2004)
BOREAL OWL: on Amherst Island, ON (Nov. 22, 2004 and Dec. 20, 2004 - Apr. 5, 2005)
PACIFIC LOON: in the Saint Lawrence River at Longueuil, QC (Nov. 22 to at least Nov. 26, 2004)
ROSS' GOOSE: SE of Reids Mills, ON (Nov. 21 - 26, 2004)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Hull, QC (Nov. 20 to at least Mar. 20, 2005)
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER: at Montreal, QC (Nov. 20 to at least Dec. 3, 2004)
VEGA GULL: at Ottawa Beach, ON (Nov. 17, 2004)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: on Boulevard Wilfred Lavigne, Aylmer, QC (Nov. 10, 2004 to at least Jan. 3, 2005)
SUMMER TANAGER: on Starwood Road, Ottawa, ON (Nov. 10 - 14, 2004)
PACIFIC LOON: in Prince Edward County, ON (Nov. 6 or 7, 2004)
GYRFALCON: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Nov. 3, 2004)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Hallville, ON (c. Nov. 1 to at least Nov. 30, 2004 and again in mid-Feb. 2005)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Ingleside, ON (c. Nov. 1 to at least Nov. 14, 2004)
CATTLE EGRET: west of Carleton Place, ON (Oct. 31, 2004)
GLOSSY IBIS: on Wolfe Island, ON (Oct. 30, 2004)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: on Cartwright Point, east of Kingston, ON (Oct. 28 to at least Nov. 14, 2004 & again Jan. 15 to at least Mar. 2, 2005)
RED PHALAROPE: at Aylmer, QC (Oct. 22, 2004)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE: at Contance Bay, ON (Oct. 19, 2004)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, southwest of Ottawa, ON (Oct. 18, 2004)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at NE sector, QC (Oct. 16 or 17, 2004)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: along Milton Road, southeast of Ottawa, ON;
at Shirleys Bay, ON &
at Contance Bay, ON (Oct. 16 & Nov. 8 - 12, 2004)
WHITE-EYED VIREO: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Oct. 13, 2004)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Oct. 9, 2004 to at least Apr. 12, 2005)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Oct. 7 and Nov. 17, 2004)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Lake Doré, ON (Oct. 4, 2004)
LITTLE GULL: at Lake Doré, ON (Oct. 3 - 4, 2004)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: along Milton Road, southeast of Ottawa, ON (Oct. 2, 2004)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Sep. 22, 2004)
LAUGHING GULL: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Sep. 21, 2004)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Prince Edward Point, ON (Sep. 10, 2004)
SABINE'S GULL: at Lake Doré, ON (Sep. 8, 2004)
SABINE'S GULL: at the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON (Sep. 5, 2004)
DICKCISSEL: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Aug. 29, 2004)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Aug. 23 & Sep. 6 - 7, 2004)
GREAT EGRET: at Shirleys Bay, ON (Aug. 18 - Oct. 16, 2004)
GREAT EGRET: east of Ottawa, ON (Aug. 9, 2004)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: off Owen Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Jul. 25 - 26, 2004)
FRANKLIN'S GULL: at the Deschênes Rapids, QC (July 6, 2004)
GREAT EGRET: at the Bruce Pits and Britannia, ON (June 16 & 17, 2004)
SUMMER TANAGER: at Prince Edward Point, ON (May 31, 2004)
LAZULI BUNTING: at Bell's Corners, ON (May 29 - 31, 2004)
BLACK VULTURE: at Prince Edward Point, ON (May 29, 2004)
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE: at L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet, QC (May 25 - 26, 2004)
FORSTER'S TERN: at Britannia, ON (May 24 - 25, 2004)
GREAT CORMORANT: at Prince Edward Point, ON (May 20, 2004)
WESTERN SANDPIPER: at Sabourin Marsh, Hull, QC (May 18, 2004)
GREAT EGRET: at Touraine Marsh, Gatineau, QC (May 18, 2004)
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER: at Huntmar Road, Kanata, ON (May 16, 2004)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH: in Gatineau Park, QC (May 13 to at least May 29, 2004)
PIPING PLOVER: at Aylmer, QC (May 13, 2004)
PAINTED BUNTING: at Cherry Valley, south of Picton, ON (May 12, 2004)
RUFF (REEVE): at the Embrun Sewage Lagoons, Embrun, ON (May 2 - 3, 2004)
SUMMER TANAGER: along Paxton Drive, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Apr. 29, 2004)
GLOSSY IBIS: at Marais aux Massettes, east of Masson, QC (Apr. 22, 2004)
BLACK VULTURE: at Prince Edward Point, ON (Apr. 19, 2004)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER: at Prince Edward Point, ON (Apr. 19 - 22, 2004)
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE: at Baie de la Pentecôte, Plaisance Provincial Park, near Plaisance, QC (Apr. 17 - 28, 2004)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Lac Carpentier, east of Masson, QC (Apr. 17 - 28, 2004)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: on Barnsdale Road, south of Ottawa, ON (Apr. 13, 2004)
KING EIDER: at Owen Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Apr. 8 - 9, 2004)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Apr. 4 & May 2, 2004)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Cartwright Point East, ON (Mar. 29 & 30, 2004) & Howe Island, ON (Apr. 4 to at least Apr. 7, 2004)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Bear Brook at Milton Road, ON (Mar. 28, 2004)
GULL (possible BLACK-TAILED): at Deschênes Rapids, QC (Mar. 3 & 4, 2004)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Prince Edward Point, ON (Jan. 20, 2004)
BLACK VULTURE: at Prinyer's Cove, Prince Edward County, ON (January 17, 2004)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at Almonte, ON (Dec. 8, 2003 to at least Mar. 7, 2004)
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: on King Pitt Road, near Kingston, ON (Nov. 21, 2003 to January 7, 2004)
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK: SW of Pakenham, ON (Nov. 21? to at least Dec. 28, 2003)


   SIGHTING DETAILS

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Twelve Great Gray Owls were seen on Dec. 30, 2004 on the Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count, centered in Watson's Corners, ON. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Mike Jaques).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen in the middle of an open scrub area next to 4291 Watson's Corners Road, near MacDonald's Corners, Lanark County, ON on Dec. 30, 2004. Received via e-mail 6:50 PM, Dec. 31, 2004, thanks to Howard and Mary Robinson, Mississippi Mills?, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen east of Carp, ON on the morning of Dec. 28, 2004. It flew over Donald B. Munro Drive near March Road. It was still present at 11:00 AM just west of the intersection between the railroad tracks and the bridge. It was perched on top of a spruce tree. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Carp River Floodplain page. Received via ONTBirds 6:50 PM, Dec. 28, 2004, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen along Wilhaven Drive in Cumberland, east of Ottawa, ON on Dec. 27, 2004. Take Highway 417 east to Ottawa 174 (formerly Highway 17) and go east 13.8 km from the split to Trim Road. Turn right or SSE onto Trim and proceed 0.8 km to Old Montreal Road (Ottawa 34). Turn left or northeast onto it and drive 2.3 km to Frank Kenny Road. Turn right or SSE onto it and go 1.2 km to Wilhaven Drive. On Jan. 7, 2005, one was seen at Sarsfield Road and Wilhaven Drive. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 8:43 AM on Jan. 2, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Dec. 27, 2004 a Great Gray Owl was found along Huntmar Drive, north of Richardson Side Road, Kanata, ON. On Feb. 17, 2005, 2 Great Grays were found along Huntmar Road near Kanata, ON. Eight were seen between Richardson Sideroad and Huntmar Road on Feb. 20 or 21, 2005. Five were found on Huntmar near Richardson on Mar. 23, 2005. One still pressent Mar. 28, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Huntmar Road page. Received via ONTBirds 7:42 AM, Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen west of Carleton Place, ON on Dec. 27, 2004. It was at the end of Ramsey Concession 6A off Quarry Road, 4 km west of Carleton Place. Directions: Take Highway 7 southwest to Ramsey Concession 5A (the Montgomery Park turnoff 5 km beyond the Highway 15 junction at Carleton Place. Turn right or northwest on Ramsey 5A and go 2.8 km to Quarry Road. Turn right or northeast on it and proceed 2.1 km to Ramsey Concession 6A. Turn left or northwest on Ramsey 6A and travel about 1 km to its end. Received via e-mail Dec. 30, 2004, thanks to Howard and Mary Robinson, Mississippi Mills?, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   From Dec. 26, 2004 to at least Feb. 21, 2005 there have been up to 5 birds in a few locations around Fitzroy and Galetta, ON. Received via ONTBirds 11:49 AM, Jan. 11, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen near Mill Road in Chelsea, QC on Dec. 26, 2004. It was near the hydro field. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 8:43 AM on Jan. 2, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Ray Garbutt).       Return to Main List

         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl was seen at 4383 Ivy Acres Road, north of Pakenham, on Dec. 26, 2004, but has not been reported since. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 8:43 AM on Jan. 2, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Two Great Gray Owls were seen on Dec. 21, 2004 near the junction of Lake Avenue East and Metcalfe Lane, Carleton Place, ON. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Mike Jaques).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   An owl was seen hunting on the east side of Twin Elm Road, east of the town of Richmond at 3:45 PM on Dec. 21, 2004. The bird was c. 1.6 km north of intersection of Brophy Road, and to the south of the Twin Elm Rugby Club (located on the west side of Twin Elm Road). Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Brophy/Bankfield Road page. Received via ONTBirds 7:07 AM, Dec. 22, 2004, thanks to Gerard Phillips, Merrickville, ON.       Return to Main List

         VARIED THRUSH:   The body of a Varied Thrush was found, the result of a window strike, at 25 Parker Ave, Nepean, ON on Dec. 21, 2004. The bird was delivered to the Museum of Nature in Aylmer, QC. Received via ONTBirds 10:22 AM, Jan. 19, 2005, thanks to Tony Beck, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl was seen on Dec. 20, 2004 near the junction of Highway 138 and Concession # 14, Bourget, ON. (These directions don't make sense to me either.) Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Ken Scott).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   One owl was seen at Parham, ON on Dec. 20 & 22, 2004 on Wagarville Road, 2 to 4 km west of the intersection with Highway 38 at the village of Parham, 16 km south of Sharbot Lake (Highways 38 and 7). On Dec. 27, 2004, one was found nearby, between 1202 and 1228 Cronk Road. At the T intersection of Highway 38 and Wagarville Road, turn left and travel 4.8 km along Wagarville Road, then turn right onto Cronk Road and travel 1.1 km to the wooded area where the owl was seen from the road. On a survey on Jan. 14, 2005, 9 were found along Mountain Road, leading west out of Parham, over the 34 km to Tamworth. Ten km south of Parham, along Fourth Depot Lake Road, were three more. Received via ONTBirds 11:49 AM, Dec. 20, 2004, thanks to Dennis Garratt, Ottawa, ON. January information received via ONTBirds 6:11 PM, Jan. 14, 2005, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Kingston, ON.      Return to Main List

         IVORY GULL:   An adult Ivory Gull was seen flying eastwards along the shore towards the Presqu'ile Lighthouse shortly after noon on Dec. 19, 2004. The gull was last seen turning into Presqu'ile Bay, where there is much ice and cold northwest winds. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 7:41 AM, Dec. 20, 2004, thanks to Don Shanahan, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   One bird was seen at Mer Bleue, ON on the Ottawa CBC on Dec. 19, 2004. No details. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 7:04 AM, Dec. 21, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Two Great Gray Owls were seen on Dec. 19, 2004 west of Almonte, ON. One on Old Union Hall Road and one on Ramsey Concession # 12, near Clayton Road. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Mike Jaques).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   One bird was seen on the Vankleek Hill, ON CBC on Dec. 19, 2004. Head south on Highway 34 through Vankleek Hill, turn west on Aberdeen and go to the end. The owl was last seen in the woodlot and adjacent fields north of Aberdeen where it meets Hunter. Received via ONTBirds 4:24 PM, Dec. 21, 2004, thanks to Jacques Bouvier, St-Isidore, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Two Great Gray Owls were seen on Dec. 18, 2004 at Playfairville, ON, 7 km southwest of Lanark, ON. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Mike Jaques).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   One to two Great Gray Owls have been seen from Dec. 18 to at least Jan. 28, 2005 at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Brighton, ON. A bird was reported from Presqu'ile's Jobes' Wood Trail on the 18th. A bird was seen hunting along the Murray Canal, about 250m west of the western bridge on the 19th. One bird was found on Dec. 27 and two on Dec. 28, 2004 at the north end of the Group Campground. There is a bench alongside the heavily used trail. The birds were moving around in that area. Although not seen in the park recently, one that has been seen frequenting in the area around the park gate was still present up to Mar. 24, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 8:04 AM, Dec. 20, 2004, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Beginning with the sighting of two birds in the area of March Valley Road (Fourth Line) and Riddell Road on Dec. 18, 2004, there have been regular reports, especially from March Valley (Fourth Line) of up to 13 birds. Best times to check are near dawn and dusk, but even in midday (especially cloudy ones) there is often one or more birds visible. Many have been seen opposite 1395 March Valley. There is a spruce tree plantation and up to 6 birds have been seen here flying over the field of spruce trees like Short-eared Owls. At least eleven were present on Jan. 9, 2005. Thirteen present Jan. 23, 2005. At least eight still present Mar. 28, 2005. One still present Mar. 31, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the March Valley (Fourth Line) - Klondike page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 7:04 AM, Dec. 21, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl has been seen on Dec. 17, 2004 at Val-des-Monts, QC, south of Proulx Road, 5 km from Concession #6. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Julius Cibula).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl has been seen from Dec. 17 to at least Dec. 19, 2004 at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Ottawa, ON. It was in the northeast corner of the ash woodlot. The bird was not seen on the 18th, but may still be around, as there are bird feeders which also attract mice. A Great Horned Owl has also been seen near this location for the past week. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Fletcher Wildlife Garden page. Received via ONTBirds 9:21 AM, Dec. 19, 2004, thanks to Christina Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse has been coming to feeders east of Almonte, ON from Dec. ?, 2004 to at least Mar. 1, 2005. No details, you must call the homeowner, Rob Goodwin at 256-0551 to arrange a visit for viewing the bird. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 7:04 AM, Dec. 21, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl has been seen on Dec. 15, 2004 from 4:00 to 4:30 PM at Arnprior, ON. It was hunting in the cloverleaf of Highway 417 and County Road 29, on the south side of 417 (towards Pakenham), using perches within 50 metres of shoulder of County Road 29. Received via ONTBirds 8:15 PM, Dec. 15, 2004, thanks to Rich Russell, Arnprior, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   The sightings in the Kinburn, ON area began with a single bird on Dec. 12, 2004 at John Shaw Road about half way between Kinburn Side Road and Galetta Side Road. This was followed by two owls on Dec. 24, 2004, near Torbolton Ridge and Kilmaurs Roads. By Dec. 25, 2004, the two owls in this area had grown to seven along Torbolton Ridge Road. Since then, many sightings have taken place along the sideroads in this general area. Best times are at dusk and dawn and on cloudy days. On Jan. 8, 2005 a total of 14 owls were seen in the area around the intersection of Dunrobin and Kilmaurs Side Roads. At least seven still present Mar. 23, 2005. Two still present on Apr. 8, 2005. This general location can reached by exiting Highway 417 onto Kinburn Side Road and going east. Received via ONTBirds 1:05 PM, Dec. 16, 2004, thanks to Don Wigle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl was seen at Constance Bay, ON on Dec. 12, 2004. It was found being mobbed by Blue Jays at 146 Monty Drive. Drive 1.3 km from the Dunriobin Road on Constance Bay Road to Monty Drive (on the right or southeast, 0.2 km short of Allbirch Road. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Contance Bay page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 8:36 AM, December 12, 2004, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird on Dec. 11, 2004 along Concession # 2, north of LeFaivre Road, near Alfred, ON. It was seen in a woodlot on a farm. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Jacques Bouvier).       Return to Main List

         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl was seen at the extreme south of Lac des Fées, Hull, QC on Dec. 5, 2004. Noted on COO Observations Dec. 12, 2004.      Return to Main List

         GYRFALCON:   A Gyrfalcon was seen the Dupont Plant in Kingston, ON on Dec. 5, 2004. The Dupont Plant is at 255 Front Street in Kingston. From Highway 401, take exit 615 south onto Sir John A. MacDonald and proceed south to King Street West, then turn right or west. Proceed west past Portsmouth Avenue to Cataraqui Bay where King Street becomes Front Street and where the Dupont Plant property begins. Received via ONTBirds 5:14 PM, Dec. 5, 2004, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Kingston, ON.      Return to Main List

         RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:   A female Red-bellied Woodpecker has been coming to a feeder at 6158 Rideau Valley Drive, south of Manotick, ON from c. Dec. 1, 2004 to at least Mar. 13, 2005. The feeder is in the front of the farm house but it is not easily viewable from the road. The bird, though not regular, has usually been seen at the feeder between 1:00 and 2:30 PM, but also spends a lot of time in the trees at the side of the house. Please request permission from the residents to enter the laneway to view the feeder. Received via ONTBirds 4:55 PM, Dec. 6, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle,Ottawa (the Ottawa/Gatineau RBA).      Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   A Northern Hawk-Owl was seen from Nov. 30 to at least Mar. 20, 2005 at Hull, QC. The sightings have been along trail 5 and trail 29, accessed from the new Gatineau Park entrance/parking area off Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, a kilometre or so northwest of Boulevard du Mont-Bleu. Take the bike path west of the parking area to trail 5 (about a 10 to 12 minute walk), then north on trail 5, three minutes to trail 29. This is approximately 1.5 km northwest of the Relais Plein Air sports centre at 397 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes ($3.00 parking fee). The trail is now closed to pedestrian traffic unless you are on skis or snow shoes. Noted on COO Observations Dec. 1, 2004, thanks to Frédéric Bédard, Gatineau, QC.      Return to Main List

         SABINE'S GULL:   A Sabine's Gull was seen at Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, ON, Nov. 23, 2004. Also present in Athol Bay were an immature Black-legged Kittiwake, 5 adult Little Gulls, a first year Glaucous Gull. The birds were seen between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM in Lake Ontario where County Road 12 draws in close to the shore, near the entrance to the Woodlands Campground. To reach Sandbanks Provincial Park, take County Road 12 from Bloomfield and follow the signs, or County Road 10 from Picton. Upon entering the park at the main gate, take the County Road 12 turnoff and follow for a half kilometre to the Lake Ontario shore. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 8:07 PM, Nov. 23, 2004, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton.      Return to Main List

         BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE:   A Black-legged Kittiwake was seen at Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, ON, Nov. 23 and 24, 2004. Also present on the 23rd in Athol Bay were an immature Sabine's Gull, 5 adult Little Gulls, and a first year Glaucous Gull. The birds were seen between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM in Lake Ontario where County Road 12 draws in close to the shore, near the entrance to the Woodlands Campground. To reach Sandbanks Provincial Park, take County Road 12 from Bloomfield and follow the signs, or County Road 10 from Picton. Upon entering the park at the main gate, take the County Road 12 turnoff and follow for a half kilometre to the Lake Ontario shore. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 8:07 PM, Nov. 23, 2004, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton.      Return to Main List

         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl was seen in the Owl Woods on Amherst Island, ON on Nov. 22, 2004. One or two, sometimes three, have also been seen there with some consistency from Dec. 20, 2004 to at least Apr. 5, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Amherst Island page. Received via ONTBirds 1:41 PM, Dec. 20, 2004, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Kingston, ON.      Return to Main List

         PACIFIC LOON:   A Pacific Loon was seen in the Saint Lawrence River off Longueuil, QC from Nov. 22 to at least Nov. 26, 2004. It has been seen from various vantage points along the river, including Île Charron (the little bay by the radar tower and heading toward Île Ste-Hélène), and from the marina in Longueuil (accessable from Boulevard Marie-Victorin). The marina road has vantages at both ends, but the shore at the far end, just beyond the restaurants, seems to be where most people have seen it. It has been seen several times near a green bouy numbered M187. A good scope is necessary as the bird seldom comes close to shore. Noted on Les Oiseaux rares du Québec (Rare Birds of Quebec) Nov. 25, 2004, thanks to Louise Simard, Montréal, QC.      Return to Main List

         ROSS' GOOSE:   Proof that the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect works just as well in Ottawa, an adult white phase Ross' Goose was seen with a flock of around 140 Snow Geese at a pond between 1215 and 1255 Reid Mills Road (County Road 1), SE of Reids Mills, ON at 11:15 AM on Nov. 21, 2004. The bird was still present on Nov. 26. To reach this site go south on Highway 416 to the Kemptville exit at Highway 43. Take 43 east 8.5 km to Kerr's Ridge Road. Turn left and go 0.3 km to Reid Mills Road (County Road 1) in Hallville. Turn left onto it and go north c. 4 km to the pond, on your right or northeast. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Loughlin Ridge Road page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 1:15 PM, Nov. 21, 2004, thanks to Terry Higgins, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   One to three Great Gray Owls have been seen from Nov. 20 to at least Mar. 20, 2005 at Hull, QC. The sightings have been along trail 29 near the junction with trail 5, accessed from the new Gatineau Park entrance/parking area off Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, a kilometre or so northwest of Boulevard du Mont-Bleu. Take the bike path west of the parking area to trail 5 (about a 10 to 12 minute walk), then north on trail 5, three minutes to trail 29. This is approximately 1.5 km northwest of the Relais Plein Air sports centre at 397 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes ($3.00 parking fee). The trail is now closed to pedestrian traffic unless you are on skis or snow shoes. Noted on COO Observations Dec. 1, 2004, thanks to Frédéric Bédard, Gatineau, QC.      Return to Main List

         ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER:   An Ash-throated Flycatcher was found in Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park in the west end of Montreal, QC on Nov. 20, 2004, and was still present on Dec. 3, 2004. (Of interest is that on Dec. 4 an Ash-throated Flycatcher was found in northern New York state.) The bird has been seen at numerous places in the vicinity of the parking lot, openings along the trails, and from the ridge behind the parking lot of the company Miranda, which is adjacent to the park, southwest of the park's entrance. The bird seems to have a preference for the forest edges, perching on low branches of bushes and going to the ground to, presumably, to catch insects. Very easy to see when it is around because it stays almost always in the open. Some small butterflies have been flying around and one observer said he saw the bird swallow a small berry. This bird may therefore survive for a while. Directions: Take Highway 417, then Autoroute 40 toward Montreal. In the west end, take the Henri-Bourassa exit (a few kilometers after Montée-des-sources) and go north on Henri-Bourassa, over Highway 40. Take the first street on the left, Douglas B. Floreani, (there is a sign indicating Bois-de-Liesse before you arrive at that street) and drive to the end of the street (about one kilometer). When you arrive in the park, there is a pay parking lot on the right; some parking outside. Check Les Oiseaux rares du Québec (Rare Birds of Quebec) for the latest updates. Received via email 3:27 PM and 4:00 PM, Nov. 24, 2004, thanks to Frédéric Bédard, Gatineau, QC and Langis Sirois, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         VEGA GULL:   A winter adult Vega Gull was was observed at Ottawa Beach, ON on the morning of Nov. 17, 2004. It was studied from relatively close range, from various angles, in good overcast lighting, for several minutes. The bird was significantly darker backed than surrounding Herring Gulls. But much lighter than a nearby Lesser Black-backed Gull. It was just slightly larger than the Herring Gulls and its eye was slightly darker. The bill was shorter than the average Herring Gull. Dusky streaks on nape and crown were less than average Herring. White tertial crescent was identical thickness to Herring. Leg colour was difficult to observe due to surrounding birds. However, brief views indicate little, or no, difference compared to Herring. It appeared to have only one white mirror on primary tips. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Ottawa Beach page. Received via ONTBirds 11:12 AM, Nov. 17, 2004, thanks to Tony Beck, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:   A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers has been coming to a feeder on Boulevard Wilfred Lavigne, Aylmer, QC from Nov. 10, 2004 to at least Jan. 3, 2005. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 9, 2005.       Return to Main List

         SUMMER TANAGER:   A Summer Tanager was seen at a feeder at 51 Starwood Road, at its junction with Pender Street, SW of Baseline Road and Clyde Avenue, Ottawa, ON, on Nov. 10, 2004 from 1:45 PM to at least 4:30 PM. The suet at the feeder received a great deal of this bird's attention. Still present to Nov. 14, 2004. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 2:25 PM, Nov. 10, 2004, thanks to Chris Traynor, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         PACIFIC LOON:   A Pacific Loon was seen in Prince Edward County, ON, on Nov. 6 or 7, 2004. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 11:28 AM, Nov. 8, 2004, thanks to Bob Sachs, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         GYRFALCON:   A dark-phase Gyrfalcon was seen sitting on Beach # 3 at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, at 11:30 AM on Nov. 3, 2004. Periodically, it chased ducks, gulls, shorebirds and even geese. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 5:17 PM, Nov. 3, 2004, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse has been coming to feeders at 1676 Christina Crescent in Hallville, ON from around Nov. 1 to at least Nov. 30, 2004 and again in mid-Feb. 2005. To reach this site go south on Highway 416 to the Kemptville exit at Highway 43. Take 43 east 8.5 km to Kerr's Ridge Road. Turn left and go 0.4 km to Reid Mills Road (County Road 1) in Hallville. Turn left onto it and go 250 metres to St. John, then west 100 metres to Christina Crescent. Turn right on it and drive to house number 1676. It has been fairly regular throughout the day. It seems to prefer a suet log containing a mixture of lard, dog food and peanuts. It is coming to the back yard at 1676 Christina, where the friendly, but shy, owners have agreed to tolerate birder traffic into their back yard. However, they ask that visitors enter the yard by the east or right side of the house, and that they stay near the pines in the back and do not approach the feeders. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 7:45 PM, Nov. 20, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse has been coming to the Todd feeders in Ingleside, ON from around Nov. 1 to at least Nov. 14, 2004. Ingleside is between Morrisburg and Cornwall off Highway 401. Received via ONTBirds 6:49 AM Nov. 15, 2004, thanks to Tom Todd, Ingleside.      Return to Main List

         CATTLE EGRET:   A non-breeding adult Cattle Egret, still having some orange on its head, was seen on the ground among the cattle and also on the back of one of the cattle, on a farm west of Carleton Place, ON from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Oct. 31, 2004. To reach this site from Ottawa, take Highway 417 and then Highway 7 west. Eight and a half kilometres west of the junction of Highways 7 and 15 at Carleton Place turn left on the Scotch Corners Road. The egret was seen between the barns at 371 McCann Road, which is left off the Scotch Corners Road about 2 km from Highway 7. The lane is very muddy after rain so boots are needed. There are other cattle farms further along the Scotch Corners Road where the bird could be. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 6:00 PM, October 31, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GLOSSY IBIS:   A Glossy Ibis was found in the marsh by Sand Bay (2nd Line), on Wolfe Island, ON on Oct. 30, 2004. Not seen on Oct. 31. Wolfe Island is in the St. Lawrence River, southeast of Kingston, ON, from which it is reached by ferry. Upon reaching the island at Marysville, turn right or southwest on Highway 96 and follow it 6 km to 2nd Line Road. Turn left or SSE onto 2nd Line and in 1.2 km Sand Bay will be visible on your right. Received via ONTBirds 7:19 AM Nov. 1, 2004, thanks to Bob Sachs, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   Two Tufted Titmouse have been coming to feeders at 14 Point Road on Cartwright Point, east of Kingston, ON, from Oct. 28 to at least Nov. 14, 2004, then seen again from Jan. 15 to at least Mar. 2, 2005. From Kingston take Ontario Street (Highway 2) east over the Cataraqui River Causeway past Fort Henry. Continue east past Highway 15 and the next traffic light at the MacDonalds and turn right or south off Highway 2 at the next and last traffic light at the Vimy Gates and turn right or west again after only 8 m onto Caen Crescent. Turn left or south at the next road (Canal du Nord) and continue south past Lundy's Lane to Casino Court. Follow Casino Court down the hill and on up the narrow paved road called "The Point Road". Turn right off The Point Road at number 14 onto the lane leading west to the Sachs house. Park on the paved pad by the garage or on the grassy sides of the lane. For help call 547-6210. Received via ONTBirds 7:19 AM Nov. 1, 2004, thanks to Bob Sachs, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         RED PHALAROPE:   A Red Phalarope was found on the west side of the Aylmer Marina on the small rocks at Aylmer, QC at 11:30 AM on October 22, 2004. Not seen again. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lac des Chênes Marina page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 2:00 PM, October 22, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE:   A first year Black-legged Kittiwake was seen at Contance Bay, ON, on Oct. 19, 2004. It was seen off the northwest end of Bayview Drive, then rounding the point into Buckham's Bay or heading upriver. Not seen again. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Contance Bay page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 2:00 PM, Oct. 19, 2004, thanks to Bruce Di Labio via Gordon Pringle, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   An adult Greater White-fronted Goose was seen in the large pond at the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, southwest of Ottawa, ON at 11:00 AM on Oct. 18, 2004, along with several thousand Canada Geese, c. 100 Snow Geese, as well as a few Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, and the usual gulls. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via Ontbirds at 5:03 PM, October 18, 2004, thanks to Roger Clark, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A Eurasian Wigeon was found in the northeast sector of the Fall Count in QC on October 16 or 17, 2004. No further information known. Received via Ontbirds at 3:35 PM, October 19, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa (the Ottawa/Gatineau RBA).      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen near Milton and Smith Roads southeast of Ottawa, ON at 9:00 AM on Oct. 16, 2004, along with around 1000 Canada Geese, 27 Snow Geese and 10 Sandhill Cranes. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Milton Road page. Received via Ontbirds at 11:45 AM, October 17, 2004, thanks to Chris Lewis and Bob Bracken, Ottawa.
         Another Greater White-fronted Goose was seen at Shirleys Bay, ON on the morning of Oct. 16, 2004. The bird flew in and joined a small flock of Canada Geese, then left with them 30 minutes later. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay Dyke page. Received via Ontbirds at 11:56 AM, October 17, 2004, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Ottawa.
         Yet another Greater White-fronted Goose report comes from Constance Bay, ON in the late evening of Oct. 16, 2004, where is was seen flying with a flock of Canada Geese. Quite probably this bird, or perhaps yet another, was seen Nov. 8 - 12, 2004 off the east end of Constance Bay Road. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Contance Bay page. Received via Ontbirds at 11:56 AM, October 17, 2004, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         WHITE-EYED VIREO:   A White-eyed Vireo was seen near the junction of Lakeshore and Paxton Drives, near the lighthouse, at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, just before noon on Oct. 13, 2004. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 3:21 PM, Oct. 13, 2004, thanks to Don Shanahan, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse has been coming several times a day to the feeders at 191 and 186 Bayshore Road and in the bushes around the nearby lighthouse, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, from Oct. 9, 2004 to at least Mar. 29, 2005. One also seen Apr. 11-12, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 11:40 AM, Oct. 12, 2004, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE:   An immature Black-legged Kittiwake was seen just off Salt Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, on Oct. 7, 2004. To reach Salt Point, take Bayshore Road and follow it to the base of Salt Point. If you can't see the bird from here, try walking out Salt Point and looking from there. This same bird, or another immature, was seen off Beach 1 on Nov. 17, 2004. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 3:37 AM, Oct. 7, 2004, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         PARASITIC JAEGER:   An immature Parasitic Jaeger was seen on Oct. 4, 2004 at Lake Doré, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lake Doré page. Received via ONTBirds, Oct. 5, 2004, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp.      Return to Main List

         LITTLE GULL:   A Little Gull was seen on Oct. 3, 2004 and two were seen on Oct. 4 at Lake Doré, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lake Doré page. Received via ONTBirds, Oct. 5, 2004, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp.      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen along Milton Road southeast of Ottawa, ON on Oct. 2, 2004. Two Sandhill Crane were also seen there. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Milton Road at Bear Brook and Milton Road pages. Received via Ontbirds at 1:37 PM, October 4, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa (the Ottawa/Gatineau RBA).      Return to Main List

         PARASITIC JAEGER:   An adult Parasitic Jaeger was seen around Sebastopol Island, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, on Sep. 22, 2004. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 9:16 AM, Sep. 24, 2004, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         LAUGHING GULL:   A juvenile Laughing Gull was seen at about 11:30 AM on the easternmost part of Gull Island in Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON on Sep. 21, 2004. The gull could be seen by scope from Owen Point and was still there shortly after noon. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 1:31 PM, Sep. 21, 2004, thanks to Don Shanahan, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         PARASITIC JAEGER:   A Parasitic Jaeger was seen at Prince Edward Point, ON, Sep. 10, 2004. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 9:43 AM, Sep. 20, 2004, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton.      Return to Main List

         SABINE'S GULL:   A juvenile Sabine's Gull (pronounced SAB-in's) was seen on Sep. 8, 2004 at Lake Doré, ON. It was found offshore, closer to the Point Church Road on the east side. An adult Little Gull was also seen between the middle and Biederman Park on the west side. With its black underwings, the Little Gull can be seen from a distance. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lake Doré page. Received via ONTBirds 8:01 PM, Sep. 8, 2004, thanks to Chris Mitchener, Golden Lake.      Return to Main List

         SABINE'S GULL:   A juvenile Sabine's Gull (pronounced SAB-in's) was seen between 12:25 and 12:35 PM at the large pond at the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds south of Ottawa, ON on Sep. 5, 2004. It was last seen flying high into the air, not to return. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 1:35 PM, Sep. 5, 2004, thanks to Langis Sirois, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         DICKCISSEL:   A Dickcissel was heard at about 9:45 AM on Aug. 29, 2004, flying south over the Beach 4 region of Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON. Its distinct "electric buzz" flight note was repeated about 6 or 8 times. Seen from a distance. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 8:56 AM, Aug. 30, 2004, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         PARASITIC JAEGER:   An immature Parasitic Jaeger was seen chasing Common Terns around Sebastopol Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, between 7 and 8 AM on Aug. 23, 2004. After several minutes it appeared to settle behind Sebastopol, either landing on the water or on shore on the far side. Of note also now at Presqu'ile are unusually high numbers of Baird's Sandpipers (83 on the morning of Aug. 22), mostly between Owen Point and Beach 3. Another report is of one Parasitic Jaeger in Popham Bay on Sep. 6, 2004 and the following morning, Sept. 7, 2004, at Owen Point. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 9:28 AM, Aug. 23, 2004, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was seen on Aug. 18, 2004 at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON. It was joined by a second bird on Aug. 24. On Sep. 1, 5 birds were seen there, and from Sep. 3 to Sep. 6 there were 6. By Oct. 11, there were still 5 birds, and at least 1 lingered until Oct. 16. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay Dyke page. Received via Ontbirds at 7:17 PM, August 18, 2004, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was seen on Aug. 9, 2004 at a quarry near Highway 8 and Boundary Road, just off Highway 417, east of Ottawa, ON. Received via Ontbirds at 3:48 PM, August 16, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa (the Ottawa/Gatineau RBA).      Return to Main List

         AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN:   An American White Pelican was seen off Owen Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON on Jul. 25, 2004. It was swimming between Gull Island and Sebastopol Island and roosting on the shores of both Gull and High Bluff Islands. Also seen in flight between the islands and Presqu'ile Bay. Still present on the 26th. Lookouts 2 or 3 on the Owen Point Trail provide fairly good vantage points from which to scrutinize the north shores of Gull and High Bluff Islands. On two of the four previous occasions (all in August) when this species was at Presqu'ile, the bird(s) remained in the area for several days. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 6:41 AM, Jul. 26, 2004, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         FRANKLIN'S GULL:   An adult Franklin's Gull was seen on the evening of July 6, 2004 at the Deschênes Rapids, QC, where it was seen hawking over the rapids and the Quebec side of the shore, before heading off to the west. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids - Quebec page. Received via phone at 9:30 PM, July 6, 2004, thanks to Jean Dubois, Gatineau.      Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was seen on June 16, 2004 at the Bruce Pits and on the morning of June 17, 2004 at Mud Lake in Britannia, ON, where it was seen in the east end of the pond. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Bruce Pits and Britannia pages. Received via Ontbirds at 9:33 AM, June 17, 2004, thanks to Bev McBride, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         SUMMER TANAGER:   A Summer Tanager was seen near the lighthouse at Prince Edward Point on May 31, 2004. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 1:30 PM June 2, 2004, thanks to Bob Sachs, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         LAZULI BUNTING:   A male Lazuli Bunting was seen from May 29 to 31, 2004 at 11 Cherrywood Drive, Bell's Corners, ON. It has not been seen since. Received via e-mail at 7:00 PM, June 1, 2004, thanks to Tony Beck, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         BLACK VULTURE:   A Black Vulture was seen twice at Prince Edward Point in Prince Edward County, ON on May 29, 2004. See the Prince Edward Point site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via ONTBirds, 8:30 PM May 30, 2004, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton.      Return to Main List

         EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE:   A Eurasian Collared Dove was seen at at L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet, QC on May 25 - 26, 2004. No indication of where on the island the bird was seen. This was the first record for Quebec. (With records from here and Derby Hill, N.Y., it is inevitable that this bird will be coming soon to Ottawa.) Directions for L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet (Grand Calumet Island) follow. Take Highway 417 west from Ottawa until it becomes Highway 17, then continue on 17 to Highway 653, a total of 111 km. Take 653 c. 12 km to Route 30, about 2 km beyond the bridge into Quebec. Travel 301 for about 9.3 km to the turnoff for Bryson and L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet. Received via newspaper at 7:00 PM, June 13, 2004, thanks to Elizabeth Le Geyt, Manotick.      Return to Main List

         FORSTER'S TERN:   An adult breeding plumaged Forster'sTern was seen between 2:45 and 3:15 PM at Britannia, ON on May 24, 2004. Also seen here during this time were 11 Arctic Terns and 7 Whimbrel as fly-bys, and 1000 Brant near the yacht club. The Forster's Tern was also seen on the morning of May 25, 2004, but not since. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Britannia page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 6:00 PM, May 24, 2004, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GREAT CORMORANT:   A Great Cormorant was seen flying north past the lighthouse at Prince Edward Point, ON at 5:55 AM on May 20, 2004. It was with some Double-crested Cormorants. See the Prince Edward Point site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via ONTBirds 12:25 PM, May 21, 2004, thanks to Dave Okines, Prince Edward Point.      Return to Main List

         WESTERN SANDPIPER:   A Western Sandpiper was seen between noon and 2:00 PM at Sabourin Marsh, Hull, QC on May 18, 2004. This marsh is behind the Sporthèque de Hull at 72 Jean-Proulx, off Boulevard St.-Joseph, just north of where it passes under Autoroute 5. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Sabourin Marsh page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 6:00 PM, May 18, 2004, thanks to Jean Dubois, Gatineau.      Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was found at Touraine Marsh, Gatineau, QC on May 18, 2004. To reach this marsh, take Autoroute 50 to La Verendyre, go left on it until you see the red walls. The marsh is just past them on the right. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 6:00 PM, May 18, 2004, thanks to Jean Dubois, Gatineau.      Return to Main List

         BLUE-WINGED WARBLER:   A Blue-winged Warbler was found at Huntmar Road, Kanata, ON on May 16, 2004. The bird was seen two hydro poles to the east of the road, along the railroad tracks, near where it was found in 2002. There is also a 1999 record from this area. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Huntmar Road page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 9:10 AM, May 16, 2004, thanks to Jean Brisbois, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH:   A Louisiana Waterthrush was found along the Waterfall Trail (Sentier de la Chute), Gatineau Park, QC on May 13, 2004 and was still on territory there at least until May 29, 2004. It was first seen on the east side of the Waterfall Trail between a large rock and the 1st wooden bridge, approximately 200 metres south of the pay parking lot. The following day it was seen past the second bridge, near the junction of the Lauriault and Waterfall Trails, about 100 metres farther south. Easily localized by its song, 3 or 4 clear whistles (teer, teer, teer) followed by a quick jumble of notes, though patience is necessary; but harder to actually see. The territory seems to extend along the stream, from below the falls to above the large rock (almost to the road). Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lauriault Falls and Mulvihill Lake Trail page. Received via ONTBirds at 11:00 AM, May 17, 2004, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         PIPING PLOVER:   A Piping Plover was found on the sandy beach north of the Aylmer Marina at Aylmer, QC at 8:15 AM on May 13, 2004. Still present at 3:00 PM, but shortly thereafter was not found. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lac des Chênes Marina page. Received via phone at 2:45 PM, May 13, 2004, thanks to Chris Traynor, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         PAINTED BUNTING:   A male Painted Bunting was seen feeding on a deck at Cherry Valley, south of Picton, Prince Edward County, ON in the afternoon and evening of May 12, 2004. Not seen thereafter. No details of location. See the Prince Edward Point site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via ONTBirds 10:37 AM, May 17, 2004, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton.      Return to Main List

         RUFF (REEVE):   A Reeve was found in southwest cell at the Embrun Sewage Lagoons, Embrun, ON at 3:30 PM on May 2, 2004. Still present on the morning of May 3. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Embrun Sewage Lagoons page. Received via ONTBirds 8:08 AM, May 3, 2004, thanks to Tony Beck, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         SUMMER TANAGER:   A young male Summer Tanager was found in the tall trees along Paxton Drive behind 85 Bayshore Road (about one kilometre from the lighthouse, where a paved trail goes off to the south) late in the day on April 29, 2004. This is the first record of that southern species for Presqu'ile in several years and by far the earliest. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 8:18 AM, Apr. 30, 2004, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         GLOSSY IBIS:   An adult Glossy Ibis was found at 10:00 AM and was still present through to 6:30 PM, April 22, 2004 at Marais aux Massettes, along Highway 148 between Masson and Thurso. It was on the south side of the highway, around 100 m west of the driveway for house # 849. See the Marais aux Massettes site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 11:30 AM, Apr. 22, 2004, thanks to Bob Gorman, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         BLACK VULTURE:   A Black Vulture was seen flying and perched at Point Petre in Prince Edward County, ON on April 19, 2004. See the Prince Edward Point site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via ONTBirds 4:52 PM, Apr. 19, 2004, thanks to Lloyd Paul, Kingston (?).      Return to Main List

         YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER:   A Yellow-throated Warbler was seen and photographed in the trees near the lighthouse at Prince Edward Point, ON at 10:30 AM on Apr. 19, 2004. It was well into the second woodlot. (The lighthouse, then the first woodlot, then the houses, then second woodlot and then turn the corner with the wetlands. These are all past the banding station and working back.) Still present at least to Apr. 22, when it hung around the trees on the front lawn of the BSC Bird Banding Station. See the Prince Edward Point site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via ONTBirds 5:29 PM, April 19, 2004, thanks to Paul Mackenzie, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         PINK-FOOTED GOOSE:   An adult Pink-footed Goose was found at Baie de la Pentecôte, Plaisance Provincial Park, near Plaisance, QC at 3:30 PM on Apr. 17, 2004. Still present on Apr. 28. It has been well observed and photographed by many, sometimes only 100 m from the wooden observation blind at Le Promontoire. All salient field characteristics were clearly seen. This bird is unbanded, with immaculate plumage and is free-flying. Observers believe that this bird likely represents a bona fide wild Pink-footed Goose from Greenland or Iceland. Directions and other information can be found at Grande & Petite Presqu'île. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 9 PM, Apr. 17, 2004, thanks to Langis Sirois, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A male Eurasian Wigeon was found on Lac Carpentier, east of Masson, QC at 3:30 PM on Apr. 17, 2004. Two males were found here a few days later. They were both still present on Apr. 28, 2004. (They are usually seen in the body of water off the end of the road and to the right or east.) This body of water can be better seen in the afternoon from Marais aux Grenouillettes, just to the east. (You must take the track across from the parking area and walk in c. 800 m to where you can view Lac Carpentier from the west - scope required.) This is the same spot one of these birds, quite probably the same bird, stopped for a while last spring, when it was seen until at least May 4. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 9 PM, Apr. 17, 2004, thanks to Langis Sirois, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen among a thousand Canada Geese in a field along Barnsdale Road, just west of Moodie Drive. Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also in the same area resting in a mixed flock of Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Directions: From Ottawa take Highway 417 west to the Moodie Drive exit and follow Moodie south (c.10 km) to Barnsdale Road. Turn right and check fields. Received via ONTBirds 11:36 AM, Apr. 13, 2004, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         KING EIDER:   A female King Eider was seen at Owen Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON on the morning of Apr. 8, 2004. It was with 7 White-winged Scoters about 150 m from Owen Point, roughly in line with the big willow bush on Sebastopol Point. The Barrow's Goldeneye was seen in its "usual" place (south side of Gull Island, often in line with duck hunting blind #16 on Gull Island or # 24 on High Bluff Island). Still present on the 9th. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 4:50 PM, Apr. 8, 2004, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A male Eurasian Wigeon was seen at Coot Lookout, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON at 2 PM on Apr. 4, 2004. It was with American Coots and Ring-necked Ducks near the vegetation on the far side of the water (200+ metres away) directly across from Coot Lookout. A Barrow's Goldeneye, found Apr. 3rd, was taking shelter in the lee of Gull Island's eastern tip (which reaches toward Owen Point). Coot Lookout is the small gravel pulloff on Bayshore Road, about 200 m beyond the first cluster of 6 or 7 homes. On May 2, 2004, a brilliant male was seen at Owen Point at 10:00 AM (it was actually standing on the natural beach about 50 m north of Owen Point, and swimming nearby). It was with a female wigeon that may also have been Eurasian, but couldn't be seen well enough to be sure. They were looked for within an hour but were not relocated, however the view was pretty hazy to the islands and they could easily be tucked out of view somewhere. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 7:45 AM, Apr. 5, 2004 & 11:03 AM, May 2, 2004, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton.      Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse was seen and heard giving its "peter, peter" call near the mail boxes by The Point Road, along Cardinal Lane and in the Cartwright Point East, ON area around 8:15 AM, Mar. 29, 2004. A singing Carolina Wren was also present. Seen again on March 30. A Tufted Titmouse was seen at a feeder on Howe Island at 5 PM, April 4, 2004. It might be the same bird seen at Cartright Point last weekend. Also seen there on Apr. 5 and 7. It seems to prefer feeding on the sunflower seed feeder hanging in the cedars on the road side of the house. Directions to the latter site: The ferry dock for Howe Island is at the south end of the Joyceville Road. The ferry fee is about $2. It debarks at the north end of Howe Island Drive. Turn right onto Baseline Road and drive left onto Good Friend Road, which leads to Havenwood Trail. The Tufted Titmouse is around 80 Havenwood Trail. Red-bellied Woodpeckers are usually found in this same area. Received via ONTBirds 9:07 AM, Mar. 29, 2004, thanks to Bob Sachs, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         BLACK VULTURE:   A Black Vulture was seen at Prinyer's Cove in Prince Edward County, ON on January 17, 2004. See the Prince Edward Point site page for further information regarding the area and directions. Received via ONTBirds 7:49 PM, Apr. 26, 2004, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton.      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen among the thousands of Canada Geese along Milton Road at Bear Brook southeast of Ottawa, ON at 3:00 PM on March 28, 2004. Received via ONTBirds 8:35 AM, Mar. 30, 2004, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         GULL, (possible BLACK-TAILED):   An unusual immature gull was seen at approximately 4:30 to 5 PM on both Mar. 3 and 4, 2004 with the Ring- billed Gulls above the Deschênes Rapids at the south end of Chemin Vanier, Aylmer, QC. Its identity is unconfirmed but its plumage and shape led to speculation that it might be a first or second year Black-tailed Gull. The bird has not been seen since, but may still be around. Received via ONTBirds at 1:35 PM, Mar. 8, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa (the Ottawa/Gatineau RBA).      Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse was seen on Jan. 20, 2004 at Prince Edward Point, in Prince Edward County, south of Belleville, ON. It was seen on the shoulder of the road just as you pass the main sign to the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, which is just past the Ducks Dive House. Take exit 566 from Highway 401 and go south on County Road 49 to Picton. Take County Road 8 to County Road17 to County Road16 to County Road 13. Follow County Road 13 to the end until you reach the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. Received via ONTBirds at 7:07 PM, Jan. 20, 2004, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   A Northern Hawk-Owl was seen on Dec. 8, 2003 on Clayton Road near Almonte, ON. It was seen twice the following week, Dec. 16 and 18, not far away, at Old Union Hall Road and Ramsey Concession 7. And then, was seen on Dec. 20 at the Almonte Sewage Lagoons and on Dec. 21 along Old Union Hall Road near Ramsay Concession 6. It was seen from Dec. 27 through to at least January 10 around the barn at 283 Old Union Hall Road. And most recently, has been seen on Feb. 18, 19 and 22 and March 3, 6 and 7 at Ramsay Concession 7 and Old Union Hall Road and from nearby Clayton Road (seen near # 840). Take the 417 west to exit 155, March Road (Regional 49), and proceed 15.5 km through beautiful downtown Almonte to Regional 29. Continue west on Wolf Grove Road. After passing Almonte Sewage Lagoon on your right (the Dec. 20 location of the owl), turn right or northwest afteer 1.5 km onto Ramsay Concession 8. Follow it for 0.4 km to Camelon Road and turn left or southwest. Follow Camelon 1.3 km to Ramsay Concession 7B and then drive northwest 1.0 km on 7B to Old Union Hall Road. Check near the intersection. Then turn left or southwest onto Old Union Hall and go 1.3 km to Ramsey Concession 6. Clayton Road, where the bird was first noted, is the next northwest road parallel to Old Union Hall, about 1.1 km via 7B. The sightings closest to Almonte, including Concession 7B, are inside the 50 km OFNC checklist circle. The junction of Old Union Hall and Concession 6 is just outside. Received via ONTBirds at 1:36 PM, Dec. 9, 2003, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp.      Return to Main List

         RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD:   A male Rufous Hummingbird has been seen coming to a feeder at 24 King Pitt Road, near Kingston, ON from around the Nov. 21 to Jan. 7, 2004. It was quite rufous-brown all the way up the back and breast, eliminating the similar Allen's Hummingbird. The Yandt's, the home owners, advise that the bird has been seen frequently leaving the feeder and flying up into the large cedar that is to the west of the feeder. It comes at around 15 minute intervals and may require some patience to get a definitive look. They have recently put up a heat lamp to keep the feeder from freezing. Directions: from Highway 401 take exit 623 and go south on Highway 15 to the T-junction at Highway 2, and then east on it to King Pitt Road. Then south on King Pitt Road to number 24 at the end of the road. The owners are birder-friendly. They request that visiting birders not block the streets or driveways. Please visit in small groups, 5 or 6 persons at a time are welcome to watch the hummingbird feeder on the south side of the house from a distance of 20 ft. A good vantage point is the row of rocks at about that distance south of the feeder. Received via ONTBirds 8:25 AM, Nov. 21, 2003, thanks to Bob Sachs, Kingston.      Return to Main List

         BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK:   Note: As of Sunday, December 28, at 5:00 PM the feeder where the grosbeak is visiting will be relocated. The new location is NOT accessible to birders. Please respect the decision of the property owners, who have been very cooperative. The bird has been seen with a small flock of Evening Grosbeak, so it may still be possible to see it in the surrounding trees from the road without disturbing the homeowners. A 1st or 2nd winter male Black-headed Grosbeak was seen from around Nov. 21 to at least Dec. 9, 2003, and again from Dec. 12 to at least Dec. 28, 2003, SW of Pakenham, ON. For Ottawa listers, note that both feeding stations are outside the Ottawa Checklist circle by 2 or 3 kilometres. It was last seen at the Jurmain's at 305 Klondike Road on Dec. 9. The Jurmain's graciously hosted many birders, mosted of whom saw the bird, from the warmth of their living room. Thank you, Bob and Iris. The second location, not far away, has hosted the bird from Dec. 12 to at least Dec. 24. At 339 Bellamy Road the feeding station is easily visible from the road. From Highway 417 take exit 155 and go southwest on March Road. Follow March Road 16.1 km to Almonte. Go through the town and turn right or northwest onto Christian Street or County Road 29. Follow 29 for 10 km toward Pakenham and turn left or southwest onto Cedar Hill Side Road. Drive 4.3 km to a "T" junction. Turn right or northwest onto 6th Concession Pakenham, which turns into Bellamy Road, 2.2km to number 339. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 7:00 PM, Nov. 28, 2003, thanks to Louise Campagna, Ottawa. Second location update received via ONTBirds at 2:34 PM, Dec. 18, 2003, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp.      Return to Main List


Go to Birding Ottawa Past Years' Rare Bird Summaries.
Go to Birding Ottawa Current Year's Rare Bird Summary.
Check the Birding Ottawa 2004-05 Winter Specialty Status page.
Check the 2004-05 Winter Finch Forecast courtesy Ron Pittaway.
Return to Birding Ottawa Table of Contents.


Ash-throated Flycatcher - Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park in the west end of Montreal, QC - Nov. 28, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum
Ash-throated Flycatcher - Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park in the west end of Montreal, QC
Nov. 28, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum


Tufted Titmouse - 1676 Christina Crescent, Hallville, ON - Nov. 26, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum
Tufted Titmouse - 1676 Christina Crescent, Hallville, ON
Nov. 26, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum


Summer Tanager - 51 Starwood Road, Ottawa, ON - Nov. 12, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum
Summer Tanager - 51 Starwood Road, Ottawa, ON
Nov. 12, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum


Summer Tanager - 51 Starwood Road, Ottawa, ON - Nov. 11, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum
Summer Tanager - 51 Starwood Road, Ottawa, ON
Nov. 11, 2004 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum


Lazuli Bunting - 11 Cherrywood Drive, Bell's Corners, ON - May 31, 2004 - photo courtesy Lois Knaggs
Lazuli Bunting - 11 Cherrywood Drive, Bell's Corners, ON
May 31, 2004 - photo courtesy Lois Knaggs


Piping Plover at the Lac des Chênes Marina, Aylmer, QC - May 13, 2004
Piping Plover at the Lac des Chênes Marina, Aylmer, QC
May 13, 2004 - photo courtesy Chris Traynor


Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl


Black-headed Grosbeak - SW of Pakenham - Nov. 30, 2003
Black-headed Grosbeak - SW of Pakenham - Nov. 30, 2003


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