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    OTTAWA WINTER LIST: 2008 - 2009
Count to February 28, 2009:    105 + 2
See complete list below. Please email your sightings of birds not yet reported.


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 listers 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. Most provinces now keep winter lists. See Blake Maybank's Winter Listing Web Pages for links to these and several reional 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  Current RBA or Older RBAs.
Check the Current Winter Finch Forecast or Past Winter Finch Forecasts courtesy Ron Pittaway.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Where and When to See Guide.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Table of Contents.


2008 - 2009:      OTTAWA WINTER BIRD LIST      Count to February 28, 2009:    105 + 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
     Snow Goose Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 4
     Cackling Goose Eagleson and Brownlee Roads Dec. 5
     Canada Goose common Dec. 1
     Wood Duck below Deschênes Rapids (QC side) Dec. 2
     American Black Duck various Dec. 1
     Mallard common Dec. 1
     Northern Pintail Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 4
     Ring-necked Duck below Deschênes Rapids (QC side) Dec. 2
     Greater Scaup below Deschênes Rapids (QC side)/Dick Bell Park Dec. 2
     Lesser Scaup below Deschênes Rapids (QC side) Dec. 2
     White-winged Scoter Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 4
     Black Scoter Dick Bell Park/Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 4
     Long-tailed Duck Deschênes Rapids Dec. 2
     Bufflehead Champlain Bridge (QC side) Dec. 2
     Common Goldeneye various Dec. 1
     Barrow's Goldeneye Deschênes Rapids/Riverain Park Dec. 1
     Hooded Merganser Billings Bridge Park Dec. 2
     Common Merganser various Dec. 1
     Red-breasted Merganser Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Ruffed Grouse Rifle Road Dec. ?
     Gray Partridge Maple Grove Road Jan. 9
     Common Loon Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 4
     Pied-billed Grebe Dunrobin Dec. 4
     Red-necked Grebe Deschênes Rapids (QC side) Dec. 2
     Great Blue Heron Boul. Hurtubise, Gatineau Dec. 4
     Northern Harrier Navan January
     Bald Eagle Thurso Dec. 1
     Sharp-shinned Hawk Carling and Greenbank Dec. 28
     Cooper's Hawk Chemin Parker Dec. 2
     Northern Goshawk Kerwin Road Jan. 1
     Red-shouldered Hawk Ottawa CBC circle Dec. 14
     Red-tailed Hawk Moodie & Trail Dec. 4
     Rough-legged Hawk Rifle Road Dec. 4
     Golden Eagle Shirleys Bay Dec. 2
     Merlin Ottawa Dec. ?
     Gyrfalcon Britannia Dec. 14
     Peregrine Falcon Coats Building Dec. 1
     Ring-billed Gull Ottawa and Rideau Rivers Dec. 1
     Herring Gull Ottawa and Rideau Rivers Dec. 1
     Thayer's Gull Ottawa Beach Dec. 5
     Iceland Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 4
     Lesser Black-backed Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 4
     Glaucous Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 4
     Great Black-backed Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds/Ottawa River Dec. 4
     Rock Pigeon common Dec. 1
     Mourning Dove common Dec. 1
     Eastern Screech-Owl Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Great Horned Owl Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Snowy Owl Eagleson and Brownlee Roads Dec. 6
     Northern Hawk-Owl Boul. Hurtubise, Gatineau/Grandview Road Dec. 1
     Barred Owl Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Great Gray Owl Chemin de la Sapinière Dec. 25
     Long-eared Owl Constance Bay Jan. 19
     Short-eared Owl Earl Armstrong Road Dec. 4
     Boreal Owl Constance Bay Jan. 18
     Northern Saw-whet Owl Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Belted Kingfisher Strandherd Drive Jan. 10
     Red-bellied Woodpecker Nortel Campus Jan. 24
     Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Downy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Hairy Woodpecker various Dec. 2
     Northern Flicker March Valley and Riddell Roads (Duck Club feeders) Dec. 9
     Pileated Woodpecker Thurso Dec. 1
     Northern Shrike Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Blue Jay common Dec. 2
     American Crow common Dec. 1
     Common Raven various Dec. 1
     Horned Lark Actons Corner Road, c. Kemptville Dec. 11
     Black-capped Chickadee common Dec. 1
     Tufted Titmouse Russell Dec. 7
     Red-breasted Nuthatch Sarsaparilla Trail in the Stoney Swamp/Pink Road Feeder Dec. 6
     White-breasted Nuthatch various Dec. 1
     Brown Creeper Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Carolina Wren Britannia/Hampton Park Dec. 7
     Golden-crowned Kinglet Riverain Park Dec. 5
     Hermit Thrush Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     American Robin Fletcher Wildlife Gardens Dec. 7
     Varied Thrush Dupuis and Pharand Streets, Hull Dec. 2
     Northern Mockingbird Grandview Road Dec. 6
     European Starling common Dec. 4
     Bohemian Waxwing Billings Bridge on the Rideau River Dec. 10
     Cedar Waxwing Hilda Street feeders Dec. 6
     Yellow-rumped Warbler Carp Dec. 1
     Eastern Towhee Mont-Luc area, Gatineau early Jan.
     American Tree Sparrow Shirleys Bay Feeders Dec. 4
     Song Sparrow Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     White-throated Sparrow Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 20
     White-crowned Sparrow Des Chênes Jan. 17
     Dark-eyed Junco various feeders Dec. 2
     Dark-eyed Junco "Oregon" race Hull Dec. 14
     Lapland Longspur Akins and Shea Roads Jan. 11
     Snow Bunting various Dec. 7
     Northern Cardinal various Dec. 1
     Red-winged Blackbird Farmview Road, Kinburn Jan. 5
     Brown-headed Cowbird Carlsbad Springs Jan. 5
     Pine Grosbeak Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Purple Finch Jack Pine Trail Dec. 14
     House Finch Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 1
     Red Crossbill Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     White-winged Crossbill Chemin Parker Dec. 2
     Common Redpoll Ottawa CBC Circle Dec. 14
     Hoary Redpoll Hilda Street Feeder Feb. 7
     Pine Siskin Aylmer Dec. 10
     American Goldfinch various Dec. 1
     Evening Grosbeak Eardley-Masham Road Jan. 11
     House Sparrow common Dec. 1
    
     Not on Checklist
     Wild Turkey Hurdman & 417/Bradley (east of chemin Eardly-Masham) Dec. 2
     Europian Goldfinch Thurso Jan. 6

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  Current RBA or Older RBAs.
Check the Current Winter Finch Forecast or Past Winter Finch Forecasts courtesy Ron Pittaway.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Where and When to See Guide.
Return to Birding Ottawa  Table of Contents.


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