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    OTTAWA WINTER LIST: 2005 - 2006

Many birders try to make the best of our long, COLD winters here in Ottawa by keeping a "Winter List". Birders have arbitrarily set the temporal bounds of "their" winter to include the three months of December, January and February; this despite the thousands of years old convention of reckoning the seasons. A winter list of 90 or more in the Ottawa checklist circle is excellent, but the goal serious listing usually gun for is the 100 species mark.
One serious drawback to winter birding, especially in a place like Ottawa, where winter keeps getting worse through the entire three month period, is that the law of deminishing returns eventually sets in. The first weeks of December are the most critical for building a large winter list. Lingering birds, not yet cold enough or lacking in food supplies, make up a large portion of the variety in a "winter" list. This is the major argument for sticking to the old seasonal "winter", most of those birds have departed by the time winter really begins on the 21st or 22nd of December. By mid-January, Ottawa birders can predict their final winter species count fairly accurately. It can make February birding somewhat less interesting (but then, you could work on your February list!).
Despite this, interest in winter listing has grown in leaps and bounds here in Canada. Many areas keep winter lists of all birds seen in their areas (even provinces). These lists help generate interest in an otherwise quiet season, birdwise. And they provide listers with a list of possibilities for their next outing. These may be either birds seen that they need for their winter list or birds that should have been seen but haven't yet been reported. Thus the Birding Ottawa Ottawa Winter List page. It will require your input. If you see any species not listed as seen this winter, please let me know so that they can be included. If the species is not easily found in the area, the location of the sighting or sightings may be given. If the location has its own page, you can access more details and directions by clicking its link.

Check the Birding Ottawa  Current Ottawa Winter List.
Check the Birding Ottawa  Past Years' Ottawa Winter Lists.
Birding Ottawa's Cumulative Ottawa Winter Lists
Check the last Birding Ottawa Winter Specialty Status page.
Review Past Years' Winter Specialty Status Pages.
See the Birding Ottawa  Ottawa Winter Listing page.
Review the Birding Ottawa  Past Years' RBAs or the  Current RBA.
Check the Past Winter Finch Forecasts or the Current Winter Finch Forecast courtesy Ron Pittaway.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Where and When to See Guide.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Table of Contents.


2005 - 2006:      OTTAWA WINTER BIRD LIST      Final Count for Winter:    110 + 2
         This is meant to be a combined list for all Ottawa birders to submit to, and hopefully will be an accurate reflection of which species have been seen this winter within our OFNC checklist circle (50 km radius from the Peace Tower).
     Species Location Date
     Greater White-fronted Goose Moody Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 3
     Snow Goose French Hill and O'Toole Roads Dec. 4
     Cackling Goose Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 3
     Canada Goose common Dec. 1
     Tundra Swan Moody Drive Quarry Ponds/Grandview Road Dec. 3/9
     Wood Duck Eastern tip of Lower Duck Island Dec. 11
     American Black Duck various Dec. 1
     Mallard common Dec. 1
     Northern Shoveler Hull Dec. 18
     Green-winged Teal Manotick Feb. 19
     Ring-necked Duck Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 4
     Greater Scaup Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 5
     Lesser Scaup Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 3
     Surf Scoter Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 1
     White-winged Scoter Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 1
     Black Scoter Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 1
     Long-tailed Duck Deschênes Rapids Dec. 7
     Bufflehead Deschênes Rapids Dec. 3
     Common Goldeneye various Dec. 1
     Barrow's Goldeneye Remic Rapids Dec. 1
     Hooded Merganser Manotick Dec. 3
     Common Merganser various Dec. 1
     Red-breasted Merganser Shirleys Bay Dec. 1
     Gray Partridge French Hill and O'Toole Roads Dec. 4
     Ruffed Grouse near Champlain Bridge, QC Dec. 10
     Common Loon Grandview Road Dec. 1
     Red-necked Grebe Bate Island Dec. 18
     Great Blue Heron Britannia Dec. 1
     Bald Eagle Ottawa River Dec. 1
     Northern Harrier N. of Richmond Dec. 2
     Sharp-shinned Hawk Iris and Parkway Drive Dec. 8
     Cooper's Hawk Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 9
     Northern Goshawk Grandview Road Dec. 3
     Red-tailed Hawk various Dec. 1
     Rough-legged Hawk various Dec. 1
     Golden Eagle Shea Road/Britannia/Steele Line Rd Dec. 3/11/Jan. 24
     American Kestrel five on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Merlin Constance Bay & Luskville Dec. 10
     Gyrfalcon Heyworth, QC/Cent. Exp. Farm Jan. 22/Feb. 21
     Peregrine Falcon Hull and Ottawa on CBC Dec. 18
     Common Moorhen Sabourin Marsh, QC Dec. 18
     Ring-billed Gull various Dec. 1
     Herring Gull various Dec. 1
     Iceland Gull Moody Drive Quarry Ponds/Nepean Dump Dec. 4/9
     Lesser Black-backed Gull Britannia sector on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Glaucous Gull Britannia Dec. 3
     Great Black-backed Gull various Dec. 1
     Rock Pigeon common Dec. 1
     Mourning Dove common Dec. 1
     Eastern Screech-Owl Carp and area Dec. 17
     Great Horned Owl five on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Snowy Owl N. of Richmond Dec. 2
     Northern Hawk-Owl Frank Kenny to O'Toole on Innes Roads Dec. 4 - 22
     Barred Owl Lac Beauchamp Dec. 10
     Great Gray Owl Gatineau, QC / Limoges, ON Jan. 2 / Jan. 15 - 22
     Belted Kingfisher Sawmill Creek, c. Bank and Walkley Dec. 18
     Red-headed Woodpecker Constance Bay Dec. 1
     Downy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Hairy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Northern Flicker one in Ottawa sector on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Pileated Woodpecker Constance Bay Dec. 4
     Northern Shrike Bankfield Road/Heyworth Dec. 5/10
     Blue Jay common Dec. 1
     American Crow common Dec. 1
     Common Raven various Dec. 1
     Horned Lark various Dec. 1
     Black-capped Chickadee common Dec. 1
     Boreal Chickadee Constance Bay Dec. 6
     Red-breasted Nuthatch Davidson Road Trail Dec. 9
     White-breasted Nuthatch common Dec. 1
     Brown Creeper Davidson Road Trail Dec. 9
     Carolina Wren Carp and Embrun Dec. 1
     Winter Wren Mary Drive, near Black Rapids Dec. 18
     Golden-crowned Kinglet three on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Townsend's Solitaire 7389 3rd Line Rd, S. of Kars Dec. ? to at least Feb. 21
     Hermit Thrush 131 Palomino Drive, Kanata Dec. 31 to Jan. 11
     American Robin Grandview Road/Kilborn at Playfair Drive Dec. 1/9
     Northern Mockingbird Mory St, west of Albion/McCordick Rd, N. Gower Dec. 18 & Feb. 2/Jan. 8 - 22
     European Starling common Dec. 1
     Bohemian Waxwing various Dec. 1
     Cedar Waxwing six on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Yellow-rumped Warbler west end of former Rue Brèboeuf, Deschênes Rapids Dec. 10
     Eastern Towhee Gold Crescent, Russell Feb. 5
     American Tree Sparrow common Dec. 1
     Chipping Sparrow 36 Fowler Street in Richmond Jan. 19 and 22
     Fox Sparrow Carleton University/40 chemin Mill, Chelsea/Lassiter Terrace, Beacon Hill North Dec. 7/Jan. 24/Feb. 5
     Song Sparrow French Hill and O'Toole Roads Dec. 4
     Swamp Sparrow Sabourin Marsh Dec. 19
     White-throated Sparrow Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 8
     Dark-eyed Junco Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 8
     Lapland Longspur Rushmore Road Dec. 11
     Snow Bunting various Dec. 1
     Northern Cardinal common Dec. 1
     Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported from a feeder in Manotick Dec. 20
     Red-winged Blackbird Carlsbad Springs Dec. 3
     Yellow-headed Blackbird 23 Manitou Drive, Forest Park, S. of Limoges Jan. 9
     Rusty Blackbird Aylmer on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Common Grackle Gatineau on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     Brown-headed Cowbird Carlsbad Springs Dec. 3
     Pine Grosbeak various Dec. 3
     Purple Finch 14 on Ottawa CBC Dec. 18
     House Finch various Dec. 1
     Red Crossbill Pine Grove Trail, Davidson Road Dec. 11
     White-winged Crossbill various Dec. 17
     Common Redpoll various Dec. 1
     Hoary Redpoll March Valley Road near Riddell Road Jan. 8
     Pine Siskin Carp Dec. 10
     American Goldfinch various Dec. 1
     Evening Grosbeak various Dec. 1
     House Sparrow common Dec. 1
    
    
     Not on Checklist
     Wild Turkey various Dec. 1
     Eurasian Goldfinch feeder on O'Toole Road north of Navan Dec. 1

Check the Birding Ottawa  Current Ottawa Winter List.
Check the Birding Ottawa  Past Years' Ottawa Winter Lists.
Birding Ottawa's Cumulative Ottawa Winter Lists
Check the last Birding Ottawa Winter Specialty Status page.
Review Past Years' Winter Specialty Status Pages.
See the Birding Ottawa  Ottawa Winter Listing page.
Review the Birding Ottawa  Past Years' RBAs or the  Current RBA.
Check the Past Winter Finch Forecasts or the Current Winter Finch Forecast courtesy Ron Pittaway.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Where and When to See Guide.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Table of Contents.


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