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    OTTAWA WINTER LIST: 2006 - 2007

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 (if not by mid-December), 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). See Blake Maybank's Winter Listing Web Pages for links to many of these lists. 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.


2006 - 2007:      OTTAWA WINTER BIRD LIST      Count to February 28, 2007:    119 + 1
         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. 2
     Snow Goose St. Albert Sewage Lagoons, Giroux Rd Quarry, Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds Dec. 2
     Cackling Goose Dick Bell Park, Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds Dec. 2
     Canada Goose common Dec. 2
     Tundra Swan Moody Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 25
     Wood Duck Jock River at Steeple Hill Crescent Dec. 7
     American Black Duck various Dec. 2
     Mallard common Dec. 2
     Northern Shoveler Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 3
     Northern Pintail Shirleys Bay Dec. 4
     Green-winged Teal Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 2
     Canvasback Embrun Sewage Lagoons, below Deschênes Rapids (QC side) Dec. 2
     Ring-necked Duck below Deschênes Rapids (QC side), Shirleys Bay, Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds Dec. 2
     Greater Scaup Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds Dec. 7
     Lesser Scaup Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Harlequin Duck Deschênes Rapids Dec. 2
     White-winged Scoter Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Black Scoter Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Long-tailed Duck Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Bufflehead Shirleys Bay, Dick Bell Park, below Deschênes Rapids (QC side) Dec. 2
     Common Goldeneye various Dec. 2
     Barrow's Goldeneye Riverain Park Dec. 3
     Hooded Merganser Shirleys Bay, Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds Dec. 2
     Common Merganser Giroux Rd Quarry, Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds Dec. 2
     Red-breasted Merganser Dick Bell Park Dec. 2
     Ruddy Duck Moodie Dr Quarry Pond Dec. 2
     Gray Partridge Britannia sector CBC Dec. 17
     Ruffed Grouse various, esp. QC on CBC Dec. 17
     Red-throated Loon below Deschênes Rapids/Shirleys Bay Dec. 2/15
     Common Loon Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Horned Grebe Shirleys Bay Dec. 4
     Red-necked Grebe Shirleys Bay Dec. 15
     Double-crested Cormorant Ottawa River opposite the Chaudiere Golf Course Dec. 17
     Great Blue Heron Britannia/Gatineau Airport/High Falls/Moodie Ponds Dec. 2/5/9/17
     Bald Eagle Shirleys Bay dyke, Britannia Dec. 2
     Northern Harrier Milton Road, Giroux Road Dec. 2
     Sharp-shinned Hawk Aylmer CBC sector Dec. 17
     Cooper's Hawk Bramblegrove Crescent Dec. 9
     Northern Goshawk Aylmer CBC sector Dec. 17
     Red-Shouldered Hawk Ch. Golf and Aylmer, Aylmer Feb. 25
     Red-tailed Hawk various Dec. 2
     Rough-legged Hawk March Valley Road Dec. 2
     Golden Eagle Huntmar Road near Richardson Side Road Dec. 2
     American Kestrel St. Albert Sewage Lagoons Dec. 2
     Merlin Behind the National Research Council on Montreal Rd Dec. 8
     Peregrine Falcon various Dec. 16
     American Coot Shirleys Bay Dec. 4
     Wilson's Snipe Behind the National Research Council on Montreal Rd Dec. 8
     Bonaparte's Gull Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 2
     Ring-billed Gull Ottawa River Dec. 2
     Herring Gull Trail Road Landfill, etc. Dec. 2
     Iceland Gull Trail Road Landfill Dec. 2
     Thayer's Gull off Andrew Haydon Park Jan. 4
     Lesser Black-backed Gull Trail Road Landfill Dec. 2
     Glaucous Gull Trail Road Landfill Dec. 2
     Great Black-backed Gull Trail Road Landfill, etc. Dec. 2
     Rock Pigeon common Dec. 2
     Mourning Dove common Dec. 2
     Eastern Screech Owl Ottawa & Britannia sectors CBC Dec. 17
     Great Horned Owl Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 9
     Snowy Owl Rushmore Rd/Frank Kenny Rd Dec. 4 on
     Northern Hawk-Owl Brennan's Hill, near Low Dec. 31 on
     Barred Owl various Dec. 16
     Great Grey Owl Galetta Side Road, n. Fitzroy Harbour Feb. 2
     Short-eared Owl Dunrobin/Breckinridge Feb. 9/Feb. 17-21
     Northern Saw-whet Owl Gloucester sector CBC Dec. 17
     Belted Kingfisher Casselman/Graham Creek Dec. 9/Jan. 22
     Red-bellied Woodpecker 47 Evergreen Drive in Bell's Corners mid-Dec. on
     Downy Woodpecker Shirleys Bay feeders Dec. 2
     Hairy Woodpecker Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 2
     American Three-toed Woodpecker Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 3 & 10
     Black-backed Woodpecker Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 16
     Northern Flicker Britannia CBC sector Dec. 17
     Pileated Woodpecker Constance Creek at Thomas Dolan Dec. 2
     Northern Shrike Moodie Dr Quarry Ponds/Gatineau Airport Dec. 3/5
     Blue Jay common Dec. 2
     American Crow common Dec. 1
     Common Raven Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 2
     Horned Lark Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 3
     Black-capped Chickadee common Dec. 2
     Red-breasted Nuthatch Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 2
     White-breasted Nuthatch Shirleys Bay feeders Dec. 2
     Brown Creeper Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 2
     Carolina Wren City View/Britannia Bay/Forest Park Dec. 3/9/10
     Winter Wren Britannia CBC sector Dec. 17
     Golden-crowned Kinglet Sarsaparilla Trail Jan. 10
     American Robin Arboretum/Riddell Rd & 6th Line Dec. 16/Jan. 14
     Gray Catbird Ottawa River Parkway near the Parkdale Ave Dec. 17
     Northern Mockingbird Blossom Park Dec. 17
     Brown Thrasher 53 Bramblegrove Crescent (private) Dec. 1
     European Starling common Dec. 2
     Bohemian Waxwing Russell Dec. 17
     Cedar Waxwing Arboretum-Fletcher Wildlife Garden/Rockcliffe Rockeries Dec. 12/15
     Black-throated Green Warbler Britannia Dec. 15
     Ovenbird The Glebe (now at Wild Bird Care Centre) to Dec. 9
     American Tree Sparrow Shirleys Bay feeders Dec. 2
     Chipping Sparrow 44 Herriott St., Carleton Place late Dec. on
     Song Sparrow various on CBC Dec. 17
     Swamp Sparrow Hull sector CBC Dec. 17
     White-throated Sparrow Rockcliffe Dec. 10
     White-crowned Sparrow Shirleys Bay feeders/Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 16/16-17
     Dark-eyed Junco Parkway Park Dec. 3
     Lapland Longspur Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 3
     Snow Bunting Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 2
     Northern Cardinal Shirleys Bay feeders Dec. 2
     Red-winged Blackbird Shirleys Bay feeders Dec. 2
     Eastern Meadowlark Carlsbad Springs Dec. 3
     Common Grackle Parkway Park Dec. 3
     Brown-headed Cowbird Carlsbad Springs Dec. 2
     Pine Grosbeak Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Purple Finch Dunrobin CBC Dec. 30
     House Finch Parkway Park Dec. 2
     Red Crossbill Ottawa Centre CBC sector Dec. 17
     White-winged Crossbill Kerwin Road Trail Dec. 9, 16
     Common Redpoll Quebec CBC sectors Dec. 17
     Pine Siskin Quebec CBC sectors Dec. 17
     American Goldfinch Shirleys Bay feeders Dec. 2
     Evening Grosbeak St. Felix Jan. 27
     House Sparrow common Dec. 2
    
     Not on Checklist
     Wild Turkey Gatineau Airport Dec. 5

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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