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   2005 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, March 15, 2006.

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   SIGHTING HIGHLIGHTS

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TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: on 3rd Line Road, south of Kars, ON (from before Dec. 31, 2005 to Mar. 11, 2006)
GREAT GRAY OWL: on Amherst Island, ON (Dec. 27, 2005)
LE CONTE'S SPARROW: on Wolfe Island, ON (Dec. 18, 2005)
PACIFIC LOON: off Wolfe Island, ON (Dec. 18, 2005)
KING EIDER: off Wolfe Island, ON (Dec. 18, 2005)
GYRFALCON: on the Kingston, ON CBC (Dec. 18, 2005)
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: on the Presqu'ile, ON CBC (Dec. 18, 2005)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: on the Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC, west of Ottawa, ON (Dec. 17, 2005)
TUNDRA SWAN: at the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON (Dec. 3, 2005) & along Grandview Road, Ottawa, ON (Dec. 9, 2005)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: near French Hill, east of Ottawa, ON (Nov. 28, 2005)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at Innes Road and Frank Kenny Roads, east of Ottawa, ON (Nov. 26 to at least Dec. 22, 2005)
HARLEQUIN DUCK: at Bate Island, ON (Nov. 21, 2005)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at St. Pierre-de-Wakefield, QC (Nov. 19, 2005 to at least Jan. 7, 2006)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at Addison, ON (Nov. 17, 2005)
HARLEQUIN DUCK: at the Remic Rapids, QC (Nov. 14 and 16, 2005)
TUNDRA SWAN: at the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON (Nov. 13, 2005)
CAVE SWALLOW: at Prince Edward Point, ON (Nov. 9, 2005)
CAVE SWALLOW: at Algonquin Provincial Park, ON (Nov. 7, 2005)
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: at Prince Edward Point, ON (Nov. 6, 2005)
CATTLE EGRET: at Constance Bay, ON (Nov. 6, 2005)
PACIFIC LOON: in Prince Edward County, ON (Nov. 5 or 6, 2005)
SPOTTED TOWHEE: in Algonquin Provincial Park, ON (Oct. 30, 2005)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE: at Constance Bay, ON (Oct. 29, 2005)
HARLEQUIN DUCK: at the Deschênes Rapids, QC (Oct. 28 - 29, 2005)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: near Ottawa Beach, Ottawa, ON (Oct. 28 - 29, 2005)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: near Whitney, ON (Oct. 28, 2005)
ROSS' GOOSE: at the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON (Oct. 23 - 29 & Nov. 20, 2005)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON (Oct. 23 - 29, Nov. 10 - 11 & Dec. 3, 2005)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: along Brophy Drive, south of Ottawa ON (Oct. 19 - 21 and Nov. 10 - 11, 2005)
DICKCISSEL: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Oct. 5, 2005)
ROSS' GOOSE: at Parc de Plaisance, Plaisance, QC (Sep. 28, 2005)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER: at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 25, 2005)
CASPIAN TERN: at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 21, 2005)
PARASITIC JAEGER: at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 17 - 19, 2005)
FRANKLIN'S GULL: at Bate Island and Remic Rapids, Ottawa, ON (Sep. 10 - 14 and Sep. 30, 2005)
LAUGHING GULL: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Sep. 2, 2005)
CASPIAN TERN: at the Petersen Sod Farm, south of Osgoode, ON (Aug. 28, 2005)
CONNECTICUT WARBLER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (c. Aug. 25, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: at Sabourin Marsh, Gatineau, QC (Aug. 17-18, 2005)
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER: at Alert Road, Ottawa, ON (August 7, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: at Bruce Pit, Ottawa, ON (Aug. 6, 2005)
CASPIAN TERN: at Ottawa Beach, ON and Deschênes Rapids, ON/QC (July 20 to 27, 2005)
WESTERN SANDPIPER: at Shirleys Bay, ON (July 17, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: at Shirleys Bay, ON (July 15 to Oct. 2, 2005)
CASPIAN TERN: at Quyon, QC (July 1, 2005)
CASPIAN TERN: at Parc Brébeuf, QC (June 15, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: over Britannia, ON (June 5, 2005)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH: at the Waterfall Trail (Sentier de la Chute), Gatineau Park, QC (June 4 - 10, 2005)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: at Amherst Island, ON (May 30, 2005)
at Wolfe Island, ON (Jun. 1, 2005)
at West Brothers Island, ON (Jul. 3, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: over Huntmar Drive, ON (May 28, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: at the Deschênes Rapids, QC (May 28, 2005)
PIPING PLOVER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (May 21 - 24 & May 28 - Jun. 8, 2005)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (May 18, 2005)
HOODED WARBLER: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (May 17, 2005)
DICKCISSEL: at Big Island, Prince Edward County, ON (May 14, 2005)
WHOOPING CRANE: at Maple Grove, QC (May 3, 2005)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Carp, ON (May 1, 2005)
TUNDRA SWAN: at Marais aux Massettes, Lochabar, QC (Apr. 30, 2005)
GREAT EGRET: at Thurso Marsh, QC (Apr. 28, 2005)
SNOWY EGRET: at the Arboretum, Ottawa, ON (Apr. 19 - 26, 2005)
TUNDRA SWAN: at the Embrun Sewage Lagoons, Embrun, ON (Apr. 16 - 29, 2005)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Marais aux Grenouillettes, near Angers, QC (Apr. 16 - 23, 2005)
CALIFORNIA GULL: at Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON (Apr. 15, 2005)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Twin Elm, ON (Apr. 8, 2005)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: at Pendleton, ON (Apr. 6, 2005)

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 Winter

The winter of 2004 - 05 will long be remembered as THE INVASION YEAR for Great Gray Owls. In the Ottawa Checklist Circle alone there have been more than 120 of these magnificent birds sighted. In a one day count in Peterborough County, 83 were seen. And in Simcoe County, at least 180 birds have been tracked. The area around Lake Simcoe had an estimated 250 birds. Farther south, the Durham Region reports 40 birds.

GREAT GRAY OWL: at Carlsbad Springs, ON (Mar. 30, 2005)
VARIED THRUSH: at Aylmer, QC (Apr. 2, 2005)
CALIFORNIA GULL: at Parc Brébeuf, Hull, QC (Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2005)
EURASIAN WIGEON: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Mar. 28 - Apr. 8, 2005)
GYRFALCON: at Amherst Island, ON (Mar. 19, 2005)
GYRFALCON: at Wolfe Island, ON (Mar. 16, 2005)
BOREAL OWL: off Jinkinson Road, west of Ottawa, ON (Mar. 13, 2005)
BOREAL OWL: at Parrott Bay Conversation Area, Bath, ON (Mar. 5, 2005)
GYRFALCON: at Cornwall, ON (Mar. 1, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: north of Richmond, ON (Feb. 27, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Bell's Corners, ON (Feb. 27, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: west of Farm Point, QC (Feb. 24, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: north of Pakenham, ON (Feb. 13 - 26, 2005)
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL: at Riverfront Park, Kanata, ON (Feb. 12, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Green's Creek, ON (Feb. 12, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: in the Sarsfield / Navan, ON area (Feb. 6 - 13, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: in the Rockland, ON area (Feb. 4, 2005)
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: at Beacon Hill North, Ottawa, ON (Feb. 2 to at least Apr. 5, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: between Gatineau and Angers, QC (Feb. 2 - 6, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: between Thurso and Presqu'île Provincial Park, QC (Jan. 31 - Feb. 20, 2005 & Apr. 9, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Quyon, QC (Jan. 29, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Sabourin Marsh, Hull, QC (Jan. 29, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Marchhurst, ON (Jan. 28, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Antrim, ON (Jan. 28, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Brewer Park, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 26, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: northwest of Perth, ON (Jan. 26, 2005)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Papineauville, QC (Jan. 25, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 24, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: south of Carp, ON (Jan. 23, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Kanata South, ON (Jan. 23, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: north of Ashton, ON (Jan. 21, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: north of Merrickville, ON (Jan. 19, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: northeast of Hallville, ON (Jan. 18, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Baseline and Greenbank Roads, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 17, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Lac Leamy, Hull, QC (Jan. 16 & Feb. 6, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: east of Perth, ON (Jan. 16, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Enterprise, ON (Jan. 16 - Mar. 11, 2005)
BOREAL OWL: at Sioux Crescent, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 15, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: on Amherst Island, ON (Jan. 14 to at least Mar. 26, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: around Dunrobin, ON (Jan. 10 to at least Apr. 8, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: west of Aylmer, QC (Jan. 9 - Mar. 26, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at the Bruce Pit, southwest of Ottawa, ON (Jan. 9 - 10, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: along Moodie Drive, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 9 and 16, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: east of Pembroke, ON (Jan. 8 - 9, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Prince Edward County, ON (Jan. 8 to at least Mar. 22, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Chelsea, QC (Jan. 8, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Orleans, ON (Jan. 7 to at least Feb. 11, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: north of Aylmer, QC (Jan. 4 to Mar. 28, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: on the Larose Forest - Casselman CBC, ON (Jan. 4, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: south of Pakenham, ON (Jan. 4, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: in Gatineau Park, QC (Jan. 3 - 9, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: near Vars, ON (Jan. 3 & 23, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: west of Beech Grove, QC (Jan. 3, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: in Manor Park, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 2, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: north of Gatineau, QC (Jan. 1 - Mar. 25, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Alta Vista, Ottawa, ON (Jan. 1 - 21, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Shirleys Bay, ON (Jan. 1 - Mar. 31, 2005)
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: near Parham, ON (Dec. 20, 2004 to at least Jan. 14, 2005)
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)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Almonte, ON (Dec. ?, 2004 to at least Mar. 1, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: around Kinburn, ON (Dec. 12, 2004 to at least Apr. 8, 2005)
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)
BOREAL OWL: on Amherst Island, ON (Nov. 22, 2004 and Dec. 20, 2004 - Apr. 5, 2005)
GREAT GRAY OWL: at Hull, QC (Nov. 20 to at least Mar. 20, 2005)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: on Boulevard Wilfred Lavigne, Aylmer, QC (Nov. 10, 2004 to at least Jan. 3, 2005)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Hallville, ON (c. Nov. 1 to at least Nov. 30, 2004 and again in mid-Feb. 2005)
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)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON (Oct. 9, 2004 to at least Apr. 12, 2005)


   SIGHTING DETAILS

Townsend's Solitaire - 7389 3rd Line Road, south of Kars, ON - Feb. 19, 2006 - Photo courtesy Rubby Neville
         TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE:   A Townsend's Solitaire has been coming to a home at 7389 3rd Line Road, south of Kars, ON since before Dec. 31, 2005 to Mar. 11, 2006. From Ottawa, take Highway 416 south to Exit 42 (Dilworth Road), then drive east approximately 1 km to 3rd Line Road. Turn left and house number 7389 will be on your right less than 500 meters. The bird visits a warm water outflow on the left side of the house as you face it. It is quite possible to see the bird from your car on the roadway. When facing the north edge of the property, which abuts a woodlot, one can make out the depression in front of a kind of box-like structure in the property's garden. It may take a while to see the solitaire. It spends much of its time in the woodlot. It occasionally perches high (and conspicuously), but is more often at mid-levels where it can be very hard to make out against the grey trunks and branches. Fortunately, it moves about a fair bit. Received via Ottawa e-RBA 3:41 PM, February 22, 2006, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.
Photo taken Feb. 19, 2006 on the left is courtesy Rubby Neville.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Dec. 27, 2005, one was found was seen on the 2nd Concession on Amherst Island, ON. Not seen on the CBC on Dec. 30, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Amherst Island page. Received via ONTBirds 10:59 AM, Jan. 14, 2005, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Kingston, ON.      Return to Main List

         LE CONTE'S SPARROW:   On the Kingston CBC on Dec. 18, 2005, a Le Conte's Sparrow was found and photographed on Wolfe Island by Mike Runtz and Kurt Hennige. Received via ONTbirds 10:16 AM, December 23, 2005, thanks to Peter Good, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         PACIFIC LOON:   On the Kingston CBC on Dec. 18, 2005, an immature male King Eider was sighted off Wolfe Island. Received via ONTbirds 10:16 AM, December 23, 2005, thanks to Peter Good, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         KING EIDER:   On the Kingston CBC on Dec. 18, 2005, an immature male King Eider was sighted off Wolfe Island. Received via ONTbirds 10:16 AM, December 23, 2005, thanks to Peter Good, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         GYRFALCON:   On the Kingston CBC on Dec. 18, 2005, a white phase Gyrfalcon was one of the highlights. No details. Received via ONTbirds 10:16 AM, December 23, 2005, thanks to Peter Good, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD:   A female Yellow-headed Blackbird was seen Dec. 18, 2005 on the Presqu'ile, ON CBC. The bird was seen at a feeder on County Road 64, just east of the Barcovan Golf Course. Almost certainly the same bird was seen on Jan. 11, 2006 near Carrying Place, ON. It was with a nice mixed flock which included 60 Rusty Blackbirds, 60 Red-winged Blackbirds, 45 Brown-headed Cowbirds and 2 Starlings. It was quite brown in body plumage with a small but fairly bright area of yellow restricted to the throat and upper breast. It appeared no larger than the adjacent Rusty's, which seemed somewhat surprising to the observer. The bird was sitting with the other blackbirds in the tops of several large maples, then all flew off over the extensive fields that border Weller's Bay. Directions: The general area of this sighting is near the shore of Weller's Bay between Brighton and Trenton, or about 2 km WSW of Carrying Place. Specifically it was seen about 100m east of the junction of County Road 64 and Alyea Road, but the flock is obviously moving around and they may be feeding in nearby corn fields much of the time. There are also several houses with feeders in this area as well. If it is not where the flock was seen, a slow cruise on nearby roads may well turn it up again. This may possibly be the same female Yellow-headed Blackbird that was seen on the Presqu'ile CBC on Dec. 18, 2005. Received via ONTbirds 3:10 PM, December 19, 2005, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton, ON.       Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   On Dec. 17 a Northern Hawk-Owl was found on the Dunrobin-Breckenridge CBC, west of Ottawa, ON. No details. Received via ONTBirds 6:43 AM, Dec. 18, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.      Return to Main List

Tundra Swan - Grandview Road, Ottawa, ON - Dec. 9, 2005
         TUNDRA SWAN:   A Tundra Swan was seen on Dec. 3, 2005 at the large pond on the east side of Moodie Drive, south of the Trail Road landfill, south of Ottawa, ON. Likely the same bird was with a small group of Canada Geese in one of the few remaining slots of water along Grandview Road, Ottawa, ON. This is along the shore at the end of the first boat launch access. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds and Grandview Road pages.       Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen at lunchtime on Nov. 28, 2005 on French Hill Road, just east of O'Toole Road, in a large flock of Canada Geese. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the map on the O'Toole Road pages. Received via ONTbirds 7:47 AM, November 29, 2005, thanks to Steve Ansell, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

Northern Hawk-Owl - Innes and Frank Kenny Roads, east of Ottawa, ON - Dec. 4, 2005
         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   On Nov. 26 a Northern Hawk-Owl was found near the intersection of Innes and Frank Kenny Roads, east of Ottawa, ON. Still present at least to Dec. 22. Is sometimes seen farther east at Innes and O'Toole Roads. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Frank Kenny Road page. Received via ONTBirds 10:38 AM, Nov. 28, 2005, thanks to Tony Beck, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         HARLEQUIN DUCK:   A female or immature was seen on Nov. 21 off Bate Island, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Bate Island page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 2:32 PM, November 22, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON (reported by Dave Moore).       Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   On Nov. 19, 2005 a Northern Hawk-Owl was perched on a hydro wire along Highway 307, 1.5 km past the north end of St. Pierre-de-Wakefield, and another 1.5 km past the "Lake McMullen" sign. It was still present in the same area at least to Jan. 7, 2006, hanging around the Steele's feeding station on Rue Colline. Received via ONTBirds 1:41 PM, Nov. 21, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   On Nov. 17, 2005 a Northern Hawk-Owl was seen in a tree on the east side of County Road 29, between Peterson Road and Dixie Road (south of house #9073), 18 km NW of Brockville, ON. From exit 696 on Highway 401 at Brockville, take County Road 29 northwest c. 18 kms, past Addison, ON. Received via ONTBirds 5:17 PM, Nov. 17, 2005, thanks to Mike & Joyce Jaques, Carleton Place, ON.       Return to Main List

         HARLEQUIN DUCK:   A male Harlequin Duck was seen on Nov. 14 and 16, 2005 at Remic Rapids, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Remic Rapids page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 5:39 PM, November 14, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON (reported by Martin Aube).       Return to Main List

         TUNDRA SWAN:   A Tundra Swan was seen late on Nov. 13, 2005 at the large pond on the east side of Moodie Drive, south of the Trail Road landfill, south of Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 5:39 PM, November 14, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON (reported by Mick Panesar and Tony Beck).       Return to Main List

         CAVE SWALLOW:   A Cave Swallow was seen on Nov. 9, 2005 at Prince Edward Point, ON. It flew into a patio window of a house along County Road 12 at West Lake. It was photographed and then flew off. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via Ontbirds 7:54 PM, November 10, 2005, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton, ON.       Return to Main List

         CAVE SWALLOW:   A Cave Swallow was seen on Nov. 7, 2005 at Algonquin Provincial Park, ON. It was found on the roadside, at kilometre 38 of Highway 60, very weak and eventually taken for help. It died. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Algonquin Provincial Park page. Received via Ontbirds 8:45 AM, November 8, 2005, thanks to Ron Tozer, Dwight, ON.       Return to Main List

         TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE:   A Townsend's Solitaire was seen on Nov. 6, 2005 at Prince Edward Point, ON. No details. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via Ontbirds 7:54 PM, November 10, 2005, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton, ON.       Return to Main List

         CATTLE EGRET:   A Cattle Egret was seen on Nov. 6, 2005 flying SW out of Constance Bay, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Constance Bay page. Received via Ontbirds 8:49 AM, November 6, 2005, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Constance Bay, ON.       Return to Main List

         PACIFIC LOON:   An immature Pacific Loon was seen in Prince Edward County, ON, on Nov. 5 or 6, 2005. No details. One has been reported here on this same weekend in 2002, 2004 and 2005. 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 Terry Sprague, Picton, ON.      Return to Main List

         SPOTTED TOWHEE:   A Spotted Towhee was seen and photographed on Oct. 30, 2005 at Algonquin Provincial Park, ON. It was found north of Highway 60, in the area of the Sanitary Station near the kilometre 37 mark. Photo can be view on the Muskoka Bird Board. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Algonquin Provincial Park page. Received via Ontbirds 9:03 PM, November 1, 2005, thanks to Theodore Smith, Muskoka, ON and Mark Cranford, Mississauga, ON.       Return to Main List

         BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE:   A freshly dead, first winter Black-legged Kittiwake was found on the beach at Constance Bay, ON on Oct. 29, 2005. Specimen to the ROM. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Constance Bay page. Received via email December 18, 2005, thanks to Jeff Skevington, Constance Bay, ON.       Return to Main List

         HARLEQUIN DUCK:   Two male Harlequin Ducks were seen on Oct. 28 and 29, 2005 at the Deschênes Rapids, QC at the south end of Vanier Street. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids - Quebec page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 5:10 PM, October 28, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Oct. 28, 2005 off Scrivens Street, Ottawa, ON, west of the Britannia Pier. And at 8:15 AM on Oct. 29, 2005, it was seen off Andrew Haydon Park (Ottawa Beach) with hundreds of Canada Geese. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Britannia Pier and Ottawa Beach pages. Received via OFNC RBA Email 5:10 PM, October 28, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   On Oct. 28, 2005 a Northern Hawk-Owl was seen at an old beaver pond at the junction of Old Highway 127 and Highway 60, near Whitney, ON east of Algonquin Provincial Park. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Algonquin Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 1:45 PM, Oct. 28, 2005, thanks to Ron Tozer, Dwight, ON. Reported by David Bree.      Return to Main List

         ROSS' GOOSE:   A Ross' Goose was seen at the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON around 6 PM on Oct. 23, 2005. It was near the large pond on the east side of Moodie Drive, south of Trail Road with from 45 to 130 Snow Geese. The bird was also seen there until at least Oct. 29, 2005. Another or possibly the same bird was seen at the pond on Nov. 20, 2005, with around 400 Snow Geese. A Greater White-fronted Goose was also seen at this location (see below). Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 19:35 PM, October 23, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON. Reported by Gerard Phillips, Merrickville, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen at the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds, south of Ottawa, ON around 6 PM on Oct. 23, 2005. It was not far from the gate/road among the many thousands of Canada Geese coming in to roost near the large pond on the east side of Moodie Drive, south of Trail Road. The bird was still present daily to Oct. 29, 2005. It, or another bird, was seen here on Nov. 10 and 11, 2005. It, or another bird, was also seen here on Dec. 3, 2005. A Ross' Goose, with up to 130 Snow Geese, was also seen at this location. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moody Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 19:35 PM, October 23, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON. Reported by Gerard Phillips, Merrickville, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen at 3:30 PM on Oct. 19, 2005 in the fields immediately north of the Park 'n' Ride off Brophy Road just west of Highway 416, south of Ottawa, ON. There were also 5,000 to 6,000 Canada Geese, 4,000 Mallard, 2,000 Herring Gulls and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. It was still present on Oct. 21, 2005 until at least 1:00 PM, feeding in the fields with a couple thousand Canada Geese. The location was the north side of Brophy Drive, between Cedarview Road and Moodie Drive. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Brophy / Bankfield Road page. Received via ONTBirds 11:20 PM, Oct. 19, 2005, thanks to Gerard Phillips, Merrickville, ON.       Return to Main List

         DICKCISSEL:   A calling Dickcissel was seen heading SW (more or less toward Gull and High Bluff Island) overhead from the beach areas at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, on the morning of Oct. 5, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 13:30 PM, Oct. 5, 2005, thanks to Doug McRae, Brighton, ON.      Return to Main List

         ROSS' GOOSE:   A Ross' Goose was seen off the north shore of Baie de la Pentecote in the Parc National de Plaisance, just east of the town of Plaisance, QC in the afternoon of Sep. 28, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Plaisance Sector page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 9:48 PM, September 29, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER:   A Yellow-throated Warbler was seen along the fence at the base of the dyke at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON, at 10:30 AM, and again at 4:15 PM, on Sep. 25, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay page. Received via OFNC telephone RBA 12:20 PM, September 25, 2005, thanks to Langis Sirois, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         CASPIAN TERN:   Three Caspian Terns were seen at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON, on Sep. 21, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 9:21 PM, September 21, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         PARASITIC JAEGER:   An intermediate juvenile Parasitic Jaeger was seen flying over the pond inside the end of the dyke at Shirleys Bay, Ottawa, ON, from 10:30 to 10:50 AM on Sep. 17, 2005. It was relocated at the Shirleys Bay boat launch at noon, and seen there the following day in the late morning as well. On Sept. 19, 2005 it was seen off Ottawa Beach. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Shirleys Bay and Ottawa Beach pages. Received via OFNC telephone RBA 11:40 PM, September 17, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

Franklin's Gull - Bate Island, ON - Sep. 13, 2005
         FRANKLIN'S GULL:   A immature Franklin's Gull was seen hanging out on the rocks looking southwest from Bate Island, Ottawa, ON, from Sep. 10 to 13, 2005. It was also seen from the north end of Scrivens Street on Sep. 14, 2005. It reappeared on Sep. 30, 2005 at Remic Rapids, just downstream from Bate Island. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Bate Island and Remic Rapids pages. Received via OFNC RBA Email 13:24 PM, September 11, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         LAUGHING GULL:   A Laughing Gull was seen at Owen Point, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON, on the evening of Sep. 2, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 8:37 PM, Sept. 2, 2005, thanks to Don Shanahan, Brighton, ON - reporting for Brenda Carter and Gerard Phillips.      Return to Main List

         CASPIAN TERN:   A Caspian Tern was seen with the Ring-billed Gulls at the Petersen Sod Farm, on River Road, south of the town of Osgoode, on the morning of Aug. 28, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the South Gower Boundary Road (sod and turf farms) page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 6:42 AM, August 29, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         CONNECTICUT WARBLER:   A Connecticut Warbler were seen at 186 Bayshore Road, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON around Aug. 25, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 7:34 PM, Aug. 26, 2005, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   Four Great Egrets were seen at Sabourin Marsh, Gatineau, QC on Aug. 17 and 18, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Sabourin Marsh page. Noted on COO Observations August 22, 2005.       Return to Main List

         SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER:   An adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen along the fence at the airport at the sharp turn on the Hylands Golf Club side of Alert Road, Ottawa, ON at 7:10 PM on August 7, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Alert Road page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 1:35 PM, August 8, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   Two Great Egrets were seen flying into the Bruce Pit on Cedarview Road, Ottawa, ON on the morning of Aug. 6, 2005 and leaving 15 minutes later, headed in a southerly direction. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Bruce Pit page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 6:23 AM, August 8, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         CASPIAN TERN:   An adult Caspian Tern was seen along the Ottawa River at Ottawa Beach on July 20 and 26, 2005 and at the Deschênes Rapids on July 27, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Ottawa Beach, ON, the Deschênes Rapids, ON or the Deschênes Rapids, QC page. Received via ONTBirds 3:10 PM, July 27, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON and via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 12:23 PM, July 29, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         WESTERN SANDPIPER:   An adult Western Sandpiper was seen with a group of Semipalmated Sandpipers at the base of the dyke at Shirleys Bay, ON at 12:30 PM on July 17, 2005. At 2:00 PM the bird was not seen, and many of the Semipalmated Sandpipers had also left. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay Dyke page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 17:17 PM, July 17, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   One to three Great Egrets have been seen repeatedly between the back bay and the islands on the west side of the causeway at Shirleys Bay, ON from July 15, 2005 into late August. On August 27, 2005 six of them were found here. Five on Sept. 17, 2005; and 7 on Sept. 19 and 21, 2005. Still two present Oct. 2, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Shirleys Bay Dyke page. Received via OFNC RBA Email 7:43 PM, July 15, 2005, thanks to Chris Lewis, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         CASPIAN TERN:   Two adult Caspian Terns were seen along the Ottawa River near the ferry dock at Quyon. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Quyon page. Received via ONTBirds 6:19 PM, July 1, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         CASPIAN TERN:   A Caspian Tern was loafing on the rocks with the Ring-billed Gulls in the rapids off Parc Brébeuf, Hull, QC on June 15, 2005. Not seen again. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Parc Brébeuf page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 6:36 AM, June 20, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was seen flying over Britannia, ON on June 5, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Britannia Conservation Area page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 10:50 AM, June 7, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH:   A Louisiana Waterthrush was found along the Waterfall Trail (Sentier de la Chute), Gatineau Park, QC on June 4, 2005. It was seen near the waterfall. It was still singing on territory to at least June 10, 2005. It is 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. Last year the territory seemed 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 Ottawa email RBA at 10:12 AM, June 4, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa.      Return to Main List

         AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN:   On May 30, 2005 around 4:00 PM, an American White Pelican was seen off the south shore of Amherst Island, ON. It soared around for a few minutes before flying north over the lake. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Amherst Island page. Received via ONTBirds 8:34 PM, May 30, 2005, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Amherstview, ON.
       On June 1, 2005, two American White Pelicans were seen from Port Metcalf at the eastern tip of Wolfe Island. The birds flew in formation upriver from the US side out of sight toward Howe Island (Canada), a distance of c. 4 kms. Received via ONTBirds 4:15 PM, June 3, 2005, thanks to George Bryant, Toronto, ON.
       On July 3, 2005, an American White Pelican was seen on the west end of West Brothers Island, near Kingston, ON. It still had the knob on the upper surface of its bill. It was present on the island or nearby water from 7:44 AM to 8:20 AM. Although seen from a boat, it should be visible from Bath Road with a scope. Directions: From Hwy 401, go south at the Sir John A. McDonald Blvd Exit to Bath Rd. Go right (west) on Bath Road past the community of Collins Bay. Once past Collins Bay, where the road heads due west following the shore of Lake Ontario (as opposed to Collins Bay), watch for three islands in Lake Ontario on your left. West Brothers is the right-hand most. It is devoid of nearly all trees and vegetation and appearing very "white" from cormorant guano. The pelican was staying on the right-hand end of the island among the many cormorants there. Received via ONTBirds 6:43 AM, July 4, 2005, thanks to Chip Weseloh, Kingston?, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was seen flying over Huntmar Drive, west of Kanata, ON on May 28, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Huntmar Drive page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 10:50 AM, June 7, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   A Great Egret was seen flying by headed west on May 28, 2005 at the Deschênes Rapids, QC. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Deschênes Rapids - Quebec page. Noted on COO Observations May 31, 2005.      Return to Main List

         PIPING PLOVER:   A Piping Plover has been seen on Beaches 1 and 3 at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON from the morning of May 21 to May 24, 2005. This or another bird was seen from May 28 to June 8, 2005. Not seen when there is activity on the beaches. Both birds wore identically coloured leg bands, which indicate a Michigan origin. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 10:25 PM, May 22, 2005, thanks to Don and Ian Shanahan, Brighton, ON.       Return to Main List

         YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER:   A Yellow-throated Warbler was seen at 2:30 PM along the laneway which connects the lighthouse parking lot with Bayshore Road at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON on May 18, 2005. After moving up Paxton Drive for 100+ metres, it re-appeared at the original location and was still in that vicinity at 5:00 PM. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 6:13 PM, May 18, 2005, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton, ON.       Return to Main List

         HOODED WARBLER:   A male Hooded Warbler was seen near the lighthouse at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, ON on May 17, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 6:13 PM, May 18, 2005, thanks to Fred Helleiner, Brighton, ON.       Return to Main List

         DICKCISSEL:   A Dickcissel was seen near the west end of Big Island, Prince Edward County, ON on May 14, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 7:45 AM, May 20, 2005, thanks to Terry Sprague, Picton, ON.       Return to Main List

         WHOOPING CRANE:   A Whooping Crane was seen and photgraphed flying over Maple Grove, QC, 2 km east of the Beauharnois Dam at 1:45 PM on May 3, 2005. It was undoubtly one of the newly introduced migratory Florida population gone astray. It was headed north toward Montreal. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Beauharnois Dam page. Noted on Les Oiseaux rares du Québec (Rare Birds of Quebec) May 5, 2005, thanks to Louise Simard, Montréal, QC.       Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse was seen at a private feeding station in Carp, ON on May 1, 2005. No details. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 1:23 PM, May 2, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         TUNDRA SWAN:   Two Tundra Swans were reported from Marais aux Massettes, Lochabar, QC on Apr. 30, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Marais aux Massettes page. Noted on COO Observations May 5, 2005.      Return to Main List

         GREAT EGRET:   Two Great Egrets were seen on Apr. 28, 2005 at Thurso Marsh, just east of Thurso, QC. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Thurso Marsh (Marais Perras) and Thurso Marsh (Marais Perras) Overlook pages. Noted on COO Observations May 5, 2005.      Return to Main List

         SNOWY EGRET:   An adult Snowy Egret was seen several times on the afternoon of Apr. 19, 2005 from the Arboretum parking lot looking out over Dow's Lake, Ottawa, ON. Has been seen from Apr. 19 to Apr. 26, 2005 in the same general area. Has been seen along the park opposite the Billings Bridge Plaza, across the Rideau River from Brewer Park. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Arboretum, Billings Bridge Park and Brewer Park pages. Received via ONTBirds 2:07 PM, Apr. 19, 2005, thanks to John Pratt, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         TUNDRA SWAN:   An adult Tundra Swan was discovered in the north-central cell of the Embrun sewage lagoons along Rte. 400 on Apr. 16, 2005. Still present on April 29, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Embrun Sewage Lagoons page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 7:04 AM, Apr. 18, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         EURASIAN WIGEON:   A Eurasian Wigeon was seen at Marais aux Grenouillettes, near Angers, QC on Apr. 16, 2005. Can also be seen from Lac Carpentier. Seen daily to at least April 23, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Marais aux Grenouillettes and the Lac Carpentier and Petite Baie Clément pages. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 2:40 PM, Apr. 16, 2005, thanks to Louise Campagna, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         CALIFORNIA GULL:   An adult California Gull was seen at the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds (a.k.a. Burnside Pits), south of Ottawa, ON at 11:00 AM on Apr. 15, 2005. Quite likely the same bird seen Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2005 at Parc Brébeuf, Hull, QC, but not since. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds page. Received via email (Ottawa RBA) 8:36 PM, Apr. 15, 2005 thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON (Reported by Dave Sangster).      Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Apr. 8, 2005 along the Jock River at Twin Elm with a small number of Canada Geese. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Twin Elm page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 8:53 PM, Apr. 9, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:   A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on the morning of Apr. 6, 2005 just south of Pendleton, ON in the flooding area. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Cobbs Lake Creek at the South Nation River page. Received via ONTBirds 7:04 PM, Apr. 6, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Mar. 30, 2005, a Great Gray was found along Russell Road in Carlsbad Springs, ON. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 6:27 AM, Apr. 5, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         VARIED THRUSH:   An adult male Varied Thrush was seen at 22 Rue St-Malo, Champlain Park, Aylmer, QC at 8:30 AM on Apr. 2, 2005. It was singing and moving southwest. Directions from Ottawa: cross the Champlain Bridge and go 0.3 km to the Upper Aylmer Road (Chemin d'Aylmer). Turn left or WSW on it and drive 1.8 km to Rue Atholl-Doune. Turn right or north on it and proceed along it 1.7 km to Rue St-Malo. Turn left onto it and follow it to number 22. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 12:01 PM, Apr. 2, 2005 thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         CALIFORNIA GULL:   An adult California Gull was seen at Parc Brébeuf, Hull, QC on Mar. 30, 2005. Seen again on April 1 and 2, 2005, but not since. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Parc Brébeuf page. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 10:20 AM, Mar. 31, 2005 thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.      Return to Main List

         EURASIAN WIGEON:   An adult male Eurasian Wigeon was seen among the Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-neck Duck, Greater Scaup, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail and Gadwall in Presqu'ile Bay, opposite 36 Bayshore Road late in the day on Mar. 28, 2005. Has been seen on the north side of Presqu'ile Bay. Two male birds were seen on Apr. 8, 2005 off 38 Bayshore. Best viewed from Bayshore Road (between numbers 4 and 42) wherever viewing is possible without trespassing. To add to the spice here, in one mixed flock just north of Owen Point on March 31, 2005 there was one male Eurasian Teal. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Presqu'ile Provincial Park page. Received via ONTBirds 8:40 PM, Mar. 28, 2005, thanks to Allyson and Bruce Parker, ?, ON.      Return to Main List

         GYRFALCON:   On Mar. 19, 2005 at noon, a white phase Gyrfalcon was seen at the Kingston Field-Naturalists' property on the east end of Amherst Island, ON. Note that a similar, or the same, bird was seen on Wolfe Island a few days earlier. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Amherst Island page. Received via ONTBirds 8:26 AM, Mar. 22, 2005, thanks to Paul Mackenzie, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         GYRFALCON:   On Mar. 16, 2005 at noon, a white phase Gyrfalcon was seen flying westward directly overhead at the cemetary near Horne's Point on the south shore of Wolfe Island, ON. Noteably, there was another recent report of a white Gyrfalcon at the same location (no details). Directions from Kingston, ON: the Wolfe Island Ferry from Kingston Harbour is free. After departing the Wolfe Island dock, proceed to the village of Marysville, then take Highway 95 south 10 km to the vicinity of Horne's Point. Received via ONTBirds 6:57 AM, Mar. 17, 2005, thanks to Ken Kingdon, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl was seen around 3:30 to 4:00 PM on Mar. 13, 2005 along the Trailway (abandoned rail line) that runs between Dwyer Hill Road and Stittsville, ON. The owl was c. 1 km west along the trail from Jinkinson Road, on the north side sitting in a tree, quite visible from the trail. Directions for, and further information about, sites in this area can be found on the Jinkinson Road Trailway page. Received via ONTBirds 6:56 PM, Mar. 14, 2005, thanks to Christina Lewis, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Christine Hanrahan).       Return to Main List

         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl was seen around noon on Mar. 5, 2005 at Parrott Bay Conversation Area, Bath, ON. This is located off Bath Road before the Amherst Island ferry and is on the right side with a large sign in the parking lot. Follow the main trail in and stay to the left for maybe 75 -100 meters. The owl was roosting on a dead tree branch located directly over the main trail. Received via ONTBirds 9:34 AM, Mar. 6, 2005, thanks to Paul O'Toole, Kingston, ON.       Return to Main List

         GYRFALCON:   On Mar. 1, 2005, a Gyrfalcon was seen flying past an office building in Cornwall, ON. No further details. Received via ONTBirds 4:56 PM, Mar. 1, 2005, thanks to Brian Morin, Cornwall, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 27, 2005, a Great Gray was found at the corner of Shea and Brownlee Roads, just north of Richmond, ON. Received via email 7:24 PM, Feb. 28, 2005, thanks to Rene Dumoulin, Ottawa?, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 27, 2005, a Great Gray was found in Bell's Corners in the field behind Trevor Crescent. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 7:56 AM, Mar. 7, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 24, 2005, a Great Gray was found along Chemin Cafferty, 2 km west of Farm Point, QC. Proceed north from Hull on Highway 5 to its end, exit to Highway 105 and turn left, proceed 4 km to Cross Loop Road (left off 105, just past the IGA), and proceed about a km to Chemin Cafferty on the right, go to end of Cafferty at the Gliding Club. Received via ONTBirds 9:33 AM, Feb. 26, 2005, thanks to Alan Landsberg, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 13, 2005, 2 Great Grays were found along Ritchie Sideroad, 4 km north of Pakenham, ON. One also seen on Feb. 26, 2005. Ritchie runs 3 km between the Upper Dwyer Hill Road and Regional 29. Received via ONTBirds 7:01 AM, Feb. 14, 2005, thanks to Beth Wigle, Ottawa?, ON.       Return to Main List

         NORTHERN HAWK-OWL:   A Northern Hawk-Owl was seen briefly on Feb. 12, 2005 at 9:00 AM along 6th Line Road near Riverfront Park. It flew east and was not relocated. Received via ONTBirds 10:09 AM, Feb. 13, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 12, 2005, 2 Great Grays were found along the Rockcliffe Parkway near Green's Creek off Hwy 174. Received via ONTBirds 10:21 AM, Feb. 13, 2005, thanks to Marc Gravel, Orleans, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 6, 2005 five were seen along Magladry Road, south of Sarsfield, ON. On Feb. 12, 2005, 4 Great Grays were found in the Sarsfield / Navan area, ON, off Giroux Road at the quarry on the left side. On Feb. 13, 2005 there was a lone Great Gray Owl on Giroux Road off Frank Kenny Road. Directions for, and further information about, sites in this area can be found on the Mer Bleue - French Hill loop (11 through 15). Received via ONTBirds 10:21 AM, Feb. 13, 2005, thanks to Marc Gravel, Orleans, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Nine Great Gray Owls were seen on Feb. 4, 2005 south of Rockland, ON. One on Lacasse Road, 3 on Canaan Road, 1 on Etienne Road and 4 on Emmett Road, all within 9 km of Rockland. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Langis Sirois).       Return to Main List

Townsend's Solitaire - Ottawa, ON - Feb. 3, 2005 - photo courtesy Tony Beck Townsend's Solitaire - Ottawa, ON - Feb. 5, 2005 - photo courtesy Wilson Hum
         TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE:   On the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2005, a Townsend's Solitaire was found in the Rothwell Heights area of Beacon Hill North, Ottawa, ON. It was still being seen to at least Apr. 5, 2005, but you may have to wait patiently for it to appear. It was originally seen singing and feeding in a Common Buckthorn bush at 38 Rothwell Drive. Most recently it was seen on Coxford Street just west of Rothwell Drive. Take the St. Joseph Boulevard / Montreal Road exit from Highway 174 (old Highway 17), turn left or west on St. Joseph which becomes Montreal Road as you pass under 174. Proceed west 1.1 km, then turn right or north onto Ogilvie Road. Go north on Ogilvie for 0.1 km and turn left or west onto Naskapi Drive. Proceed 0.9 km west until Naskapi joins Rothwell Drive, then continue west then northwest on Rothwell for 0.4 km to # 38, between Wick Crescent and Delong Drive. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) at 10:00 AM, Feb. 3, 2005, thanks to Louise Campagna, Ottawa. Photos courtesy Tony Beck (left) and Wilson Hum (right), both of Ottawa.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Feb. 2, 2005, 16 Great Grays were found in the marshlands between the Gatineau Airport and Angers, QC. From west to east, 3 were found in the Marais des Laîches West, 2 were found in the Marais des Laîches East, 9 were found in the Marais aux Grenouillettes, and 2 in the Lac Carpentier and Petite Baie Clément area. One at Marais des Laîches East on Feb. 5, 2005. Feb. 6, 2005 - 3 at Marais aux Grenouillettes. Click one the individual sites to get more information. Noted on COO Observations Feb. 2, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 31, 2005, a Great Gray was found on the bicycle path heading east from the Thurso, QC wharf through the Thurso Marsh, one on Grande Presqu'iˆle, near Plaisance, QC and one on Chemin Berndt at Lochabar West, QC. On Feb. 1, 2005, a total of 5 Great Grays were seen along the bike path east of Thurso and in the Presqu'île Provincial Park, QC. Feb. 19, 2005 - 2 seen on Presqu'île des Legault, the fingers of land south of Baie Noire. Feb. 20, 2005 - one at the Plaisance Campground. Apr. 9, 2005 - one at the campground in Presqu'île Provincial Park. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the Thurso Marsh (Marais Perras), Baie Noire and the Grande & Petite Presqu'île pages. Noted on COO Observations Feb. 2, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Two Great Gray Owls were seen Jan. 29, 2005 near Quyon, QC. No details. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 29, 2005, a Great Gray was found at the corner of Boulevard St-Joseph and Chemin Freeman, not far from Sabourin Marsh. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Sabourin Marsh page. Noted on COO Observations Feb. 2, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 28, 2005, a Great Gray was found on Marchhurst Road near March Road (Regional 49) at Marchhurst, ON. Received via email 12:57 PM, Jan. 28, 2005, thanks to Lara Bender, Kanata, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 28, 2005, a Great Gray was found at the junction of Highway 417 and Regional Road 20 at Antrim, ON. Received via ONTBirds 2:57 PM, Jan. 28, 2005, thanks to Bob Jurmain, Pakenham, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl was seen Jan. 26, 2005 at Brewer Park, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Brewer Park page. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Ian Bower).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 25, 2005, 11 Great Grays were found between Perth, ON and Balderson, ON. They were on the back roads along Concessions 6, 7 and 8. Received via ONTBirds 6:58 AM, Jan. 27, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         TUFTED TITMOUSE:   A Tufted Titmouse has been reported from a private feeding station in Papineauville, QC on Jan. 25, 2005. No details. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 27, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl was seen Jan. 24, 2005 at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Ottawa, ON. It was in the woodlot. This is likely a different bird than that reported in December from this location. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Fletcher Wildlife Garden page. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Dave Moore).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 23, 2005, a single bird was found at Diamondview and March Roads, 3 km south of Carp, ON. Received via ONTBirds 7:29 AM, Jan. 24, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 23, 2005, a single bird was found at Eagleson and Fernbank Roads, Kanata South, ON. Received via ONTBirds 7:29 AM, Jan. 24, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 21, 2005, a single bird was found along the west side of Ashton Station Road, 1 km north of Ashton, ON. It was visible from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM. Received via email Jan. 24, 2005, thanks to Steve Thorsell and Cindy Evers, Kanata, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 19, 2005, a single bird was found north of Merrickville, ON. It was on Richardson Road 2 km west of the intersection of Richardson Road and Heritage Drive. It was visible from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Received via ONTBirds 7:12 PM, Jan. 19, 2005, thanks to Brenda Carter, Merrickville, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 18, 2005, a single bird was found northeast of Hallville, ON in the Winchester Bog about a kilometre off the end of Loughlin Ridge Road in the Mountain Provincial Wildlife Area. Received via email Jan. 19, 2005, thanks to Rene Dumoulin, Hallville?, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl was seen on Jan. 17, 2005 in a suburban backyard at Baseline and Greenbank Roads, Ottawa, ON. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Sean Midgely).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 16, 2005, one was found along the trail leading to the feeders at Lac Leamy, Hull, QC. On Feb. 6, 2005 one was seen along Boulevard Fournier, the main road running north-south through the southeastern section of the park. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Lac Leamy Ecological Park (East) and Lac Leamy Ecological Park (West) pages. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 24, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl was seen on Jan. 16, 2005 along Perth Road, c. 5 km east of Perth, ON. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Steven Bright).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 16, 2005, 8 or 9 birds were found c. 19 km north of Odessa, ON. They were on a fairly short stretch of Addington County Road 6 north of the Moscow dump to the intersection with County Road 7 (14?), and then east on County Road 7 (14?) for a few kilometres. It was between 4:00 and 5:00 PM and all but one of the birds were perched on roadside fences and appeared to be heading out to hunt. To reach this area go north c. 19 km from Highway 401 at County Road 6, exit 599, at Odessa. On Jan. 20, 2005, 12 Great Grays were found in the morning along County Road 14 east of Enterprise. This area is seven km further north along CR 6. On Jan. 29, 16 were seen, mostly along County Roads 4 and 14. On Feb. 4, 2005 there were 6 along CR 6 and 14, east of Enterprise. Feb. 7 - 1 just south of Enterprise. Feb. 10, 2005 - 3 on County Road (CR) 14. Feb. 18 - 6 were seen, 2 owls were on CR 4 (Camden East Road) between Centerville and CR 14, 1 was on Brown Road just off CR 14 (West of Enterprise), 2 on Route 14 west of Enterprise, and 1 on Route 6 south of Enterprise. Feb. 20 - 8 near Enterprise (2 along CR 6 south of Enterprise, 1 further south along Huffman Road, and 5 along CR 14 east of Enterprise). Feb. 22 - 3 near Enterprise. Feb. 24 - one east of Enterprise on CR 14. Mar. 11 - 5 near Enterprise. Received via ONTBirds 6:49 AM, Jan. 18, 2005, thanks to Gregg Recer, Malta, NY.      Return to Main List

Boreal Owl - Nepean, ON - Jan. 15, 2005 - photo courtesy Tony Beck
         BOREAL OWL:   A Boreal Owl spent most of the day at the home of Dick Cobbold at 40 Sioux Crescent, Nepean on Jan. 15, 2005. He requests that people call before coming over (613-828-7843). From Highway 417, take exit 129 (Greenbank Road) and go south 1 km to Baseline Road. Turn right or southwest onto it and drive 1.4 km to Sioux Crescent. Turn right or NNW onto Sioux and go to number 40. No seen since. Received via phone (Ottawa RBA) 2:15 PM, Jan. 15, 2005, thanks to Tony Beck, Ottawa, ON. Photograph courtesy Tony Beck, Ottawa.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 14, 2005, one bird was found on Amherst Island, ON. Still present Mar. 26, 2005. Its preferred roost seems to be in the northwest section of the Pine Woods. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Amherst Island page. Received via ONTBirds 10:59 AM, Jan. 14, 2005, thanks to Bruce Ripley, Kingston, ON.      Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   From Jan. 10 to at least Mar. 23, 2005, several birds were found around Dunrobin, ON. Sixteen birds were seen on Jan. 10, 2005 in the Thomas Dolan Parkway and Carp Road areas. (Reported by Ray Holland). On Jan. 17, one seen on the Thomas Dolan Parkway on the Carp Ridge; one on Dunrobin Road, south of Dunrobin; one not far from the Osprey nest platform on Thomas Dolan Parkway at Constance Creek, and one at the intersection of Greenland Road and the Thomas Dolan Parkway. On Mar. 23, 2005 there were still 3 birds along Dunrobin Road near Thomas Dolan Parkway. On Apr. 8, 2005 there was one again near the intersection of Greenland Road and the Thomas Dolan Parkway. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the highlighted pages. Received via ONTBirds 7:16 AM, Jan. 17, 2005, thanks to Mark Combellack, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 9, 2005, one bird was found at the intersection of Chemin des Pères Dominicains and Avenue de la Vieille Pompe, just west of Heyworth, QC. Reached by going west on Highway 148 for 27 km from Autorute 5 in Hull, to Chemin des Pères Dominicains in Heyworth. Turn left and proceed 3.2 km to Avenue de la Vieille Pompe. On Jan. 15 -16, 2005, 22 Great Grays were seen along Highway 148 going west from Alymer through Breckenridge, QC. On Mar. 25 and 26, 2005, one was seen on Chemin de la Rivière, near Heyworth. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 13, 2005. Second report received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Jean Dubois and Garry McNulty).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 9 and 10, 2005, one bird was found at the Bruce Pit, just west of the footbridge on the north side of the pond. Received via ONTBirds 12:33 AM, Jan. 11, 2005, thanks to Bill Bowman, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 9, 2005, several were found along Moodie Drive, between Carling Avenue and Corkstown Road. One seen on Jan. 16, 2005, between the Nortel buildings and the Equestrian Park. Received via ONTBirds 11:49 AM, Jan. 11, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Ottawa, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 8 and 9, 2005, a Great Gray was found east of Pembroke, ON. Has been seen about 0.5 to 1 km either way from the intersection of the Westmeath and Beachburg Roads. Received via ONTBirds 11:41 AM, Jan. 12, 2005, thanks to Lauren Trute, Pembroke, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 8, 2005, the first Great Grays were found in Prince Edward County, ON. One or two were seen at Lake-on-the-Mountain, as well as east of there along County Road 7 at The Rock Crossroad. Another continues to make backyard visits at a home west of Cape Vesey. On Jan. 20, 2005, one was seen at 7:00 AM along County Road 15, just a couple houses west of Hint Lane, at Civic Address 2511. Jan. 28, 2005 - one at Massassauga Point. Jan. 29, 2005 - one on Gardenville Road near Carrying Place on and another off County Road 10 south of Milford. One has been seen on Sprague Road from Jan. 30 to Feb. 17, 2005. And a sighting on Simpson Road in the Point Petre area on February 6, 2005. One on Bethesda Road Feb. 7, 2005, and another on County Road 13, about 1.5 km south of the Black River Cheese Factory on Feb. 5, 2005, and still another on the Old Milford Road near the dump on Feb. 12, 2005. Around the beginning of March, a second bird was found along the west end of Ridge Road near County Road 12, bringing the Prince Edward County total of confirmed sightings this winter to 13. The two on Sprague Road have returned and are seen almost daily to at least Mar. 17, 2005. On Mar. 17 - 18, 2005, one was seen along Lakeshore Road at Sandbanks Provincial Park. On Mar. 22, 2005 one was seen at North Port. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Prince Edward Point page. Received via ONTBirds 11:41 AM, Jan. 12, 2005, thanks to Lauren Trute, Pembroke, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Another single report from near Gatineau Park in Chelsea, QC. On Jan. 8, 2005, east of Chemin de la Mine, north of Marie-Burger. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 9, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   From Jan. 7, 2005, when one was seen north of the bridge to Petrie Islands, near Orleans, ON, several Great Grays have been seen on Petrie Islands, the eastern end of the Rockcliffe Parkway and along North Service Road. Still present to at least Feb. 11, 2005. On both Jan. 22 and Feb. 6, 2005 7 were seen along the Rockcliffe Parkway. On Feb. 11, 2005 there were c. 8 Great Grays between Petrie Islands, 10th Line and North Service Road. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Petrie Islands page. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 12:56 PM on Jan. 10, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. Update received via ONTBirds 4:28 PM, Feb. 11, 2005, thanks to Marc Gravel, Orleans, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   There are several reports of Great Gray Owls from north of Aylmer, QC. From Jan. 4 to at least Jan. 8, 2005, there was one 100 metres to the east of the Canadian Museum of Nature entrance on Pink Road. One at Chemins Cook and Vanier on Jan. 7, 2005. One on Vanier Road just south of Chemin d'Anotoine-Boucher on Jan. 8, 2005. One or two on Pink Road Jan. 8, 2005. Plateau de la Capitale had 2 on Jan. 9, 2005. On Jan. 9, 2005 one was also seen on Cook Road, between Klock and Perry Roads. It was seen again on Mar. 25, 2005. Jan. 15, 2005 - one along Vanier Road, south of Pink Road. Feb. 2, 2005 - one on Vanier Road. Feb. 19, 2005 - 2 on Pink Road, east of Rue Vernon. Feb. 20, 2005 - one on the north side of Pink Road. Mar. 21, 2005 - one SE of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Mar. 28, 2005 - one on Chemin Elm, near Chemin Terry Fox and Highway 148. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 9, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Two Great Grays were seen on Jan. 4, 2005 on the the newly fledged Larose Forest - Casselman Christmas Bird Count. Locations not further specified. Received via ONTBirds 7:08 AM on Jan. 7, 2005, thanks to Jacques Bouvier, Casselman, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen 8.5 km south of Pakenham, ON at 305 Klondike Road on Jan. 4, 2005. Received via ONTBirds 7:47 AM, Jan. 5, 2005, thanks to Bob Jurmain, Pakenham, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen on Jan. 3, 2005 in Gatineau Park, QC at the junction of trail 5 and the Dennison Reservoir trail. On Jan. 9, 2005 one was seen along trail 1 between Keogan and Huron shelters. Noted on COO Observations Jan. 9, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   On Jan. 3, 2005, a bird was seen along Devine Road, west of Vars, ON. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Bob Cermak and Langis Sirois). On Jan. 23, 2005, a single bird was found dead on the road at Frank Kenny and Russell Roads, 3.2 km northwest of Vars, ON. Received via ONTBirds 7:29 AM, Jan. 24, 2005, thanks to Bruce Di Labio, Carp, ON.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was seen on Jan. 3, 2005 west of Beech Grove, QC. It was at Concession # 6 and Hammond Road, near Steel Line Road, west of the Eardley- Masham Road. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 2:08 PM on Jan. 6, 2005, thanks to Gordon Pringle, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Richard Brouillet).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A Great Gray Owl was seen on Jan. 2, 2005 in Manor Park, a small park opposite Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON. Directions for, and further information about, this site can be found on the Beechwood Cemetery page. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Andre Odette).       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   There are several reports of Great Gray Owls from north of Gatineau. A single bird was seen on Chemin Dufresne, near the farm with the red house on Jan. 1, 2005; with sightings of one or two birds there at least to Jan. 25, 2005. One to two have been seen along Montée Saint-Amour, between Chemin de Bellchasse and Chemin des Terres, from Jan. 4 to at least Jan. 8, 2005. Chemin du Rang 6 had two from Jan. 4 to at least Jan. 9, 2005. Montée Dalton has produced one from Jan. 8 to at least Jan. 25, 2005. Chemin Forgarty had one on Jan.8 and 2 Jan. 9, 2005. Chemin de Chambord had one on Jan. 15, 2005. There were 3 around Chemins Dalton and Valiquette on Jan. 24, 2004. The roads surrounding the Gatineau Airport (Indutriel, Dalton, Dufrense and Myre) had 7 Great Grays on Jan. 22, 2005. Chemin Industriel, between Dalton and the Gatineau Airport, had 6 on Jan. 26, 2005. Jan. 30, 2005 - 4 around the Gatineau Airport. Feb. 2, 2005 - 2 on Chemin de Bellechase, 1 on Chemin des Érables, and 1 on Montée Dalton. Feb. 6, 2005 - 6 on Montée Dalton. Feb. 12, 2005 - 1 near the airport. Feb. 19, 2005 - one on Rue Jean-Louis Malette, south of the airport; and one on Rue Hurtubise, near the Gatineau Marina. Feb. 20, 2005 - one along Montée Dalton, one along Rue Versailles, north of Hurtubise, and one on Hurtubise. Mar. 25, 2005 - Noted on COO Observations Jan. 4, 2005.       Return to Main List

         GREAT GRAY OWL:   Two birds seem to be regular at the Pleasant Park Woods. A Great Gray Owl was seen on Jan. 1 and 2, 2005 in the parkland between Pleasant Park Road and Billings Avenue in Alta Vista, Ottawa, ON. On Jan. 9, 2005, one was found at Heron Road and Alta Vista Drive. On Jan. 21, 2005 it was seen in the Pleasant Park Woods. Received via OFNC Bird Study Group Great Gray Owl Invasion report Feb. 18, 2005, thanks to Bernie Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON. (Reported by Langis Sirois, Peter Bunting and Andrew Jackson).       Return to Main List

Great Gray Owl - Shirleys Bay, ON - Jan. 1, 2005
         GREAT GRAY OWL:   A single bird was found at Shirleys Bay, ON on Jan. 1, 2005. It has been seen regularly along Rifle Road to at least Mar. 31, 2005, between Lois Avenue and Carling Avenue. Two birds were seen from Jan. 15 to 24, 2005 and again on Mar. 28, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, this area can be found on the Rifle Road and the Shirleys Bay Cottage Area pages. Personal observation Jan.1, 2005.       Return to Main List

         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:   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

         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. Nine present Mar. 13, 2005. One still present at least to Mar. 31, 2005. Directions for, and further information about, these sites can be found on the March Valley (Fourth Line) - Klondike and Riddell Road pages. Received via ONTBirds (OFNC BSL) 7:04 AM, Dec. 21, 2004, thanks to Gordon Pringle, 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 - Woodlawn, ON - Feb. 5, 2005
         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

         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

         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

         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

         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

         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:   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

         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



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