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    OTTAWA WINTER LIST: 2009 - 2010
Count to February 10, 2010:    110 + 1
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.


2009 - 2010:      OTTAWA WINTER BIRD LIST      Count to February 10, 2010:    110 + 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
     Snow Goose McFadden Road/Lochaber Est Dec. 1
     Cackling Goose Milton Road & Andrew Haydon (east) Dec. 1
     Canada Goose common Dec. 1
     Wood Duck Britannia Dec. 1
     Gadwall Baie Noire Dec. 1
     American Wigeon Britannia/Baie Noire Dec. 1
     American Black Duck various Dec. 1
     Mallard common Dec. 1
     Northern Shoveler Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Northern Pintail Richmond Lagoons Dec. 1
     Green-winged Teal Baie Noire/Andrew Haydon (west) Dec. 1
     Ring-necked Duck Baie Simard Dec. 1
     Greater Scaup Shirleys Bay Dec. 1
     Lesser Scaup Andrew Haydon (west), Deschênes Rapids & Shirleys Bay Dec. 1
     Surf Scoter Andrew Haydon Park Dec. 1
     White-winged Scoter Deschênes Rapids Dec. 1
     Black Scoter Dick Bell Park Dec. 1
     Long-tailed Duck Deschênes Rapids Dec. 1
     Bufflehead Deschênes Rapids, Britannia, Dick Bell & Shirley's Bay Dec. 1
     Common Goldeneye Rideau and Ottawa Rivers Dec. 1
     Barrow's Goldeneye Strathcona Park, Baie Simard and Shirleys Bay Dec. 1
     Hooded Merganser Strathcona Park, Baie Noire and Shirleys Bay Dec. 1
     Common Merganser Strathcona Park and Dick Bell Dec. 1
     Red-breasted Merganser Dick Bell Park and Shirleys Bay Dec. 1
     Gray Partridge Fallowfield and Eagleson Dec. 16
     Ruffed Grouse Indian Creek Rd, Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Red-throated Loon Rivermead Dec. 1
     Common Loon Shirleys Bay/Wychwood Dec. 1
     Double-crested Cormorant Lochaber Dec. 4
     Great Blue Heron Giroux Road Quarry Ponds/Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Bald Eagle Shirleys Bay/Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Northern Harrier c. St. Albert Lagoons Dec. 2
     Sharp-shinned Hawk Thurso Dec. 6
     Cooper's Hawk Qualicum/Graham Park/Deschênes Rapids Dec. 2
     Northern Goshawk Limoges Dec. 4
     Red-shouldered Hawk Aylmer between Ch. Grimes & du Golf Dec. 13
     Red-tailed Hawk Milton Road Dec. 1
     Rough-legged Hawk Milton Road Dec. 1
     Golden Eagle Therien Road, Eardley Feb. 7
     American Kestrel c. St. Albert Lagoons Dec. 2
     Merlin Sandy Hill Dec. 1
     Peregrine Falcon West Block, Parliament Buildings Dec. 1
     Gyrfalcon Clyde Avenue Quarry Dec. 20
     American Coot Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Sandhill Crane Milton Road Dec. 1
     Wilson's Snipe just W of Quyon Jan. 31
     Bonaparte's Gull Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 1
     Ring-billed Gull Ottawa and Rideau Rivers Dec. 1
     Herring Gull Ottawa River and Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 1
     Iceland Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds/Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Thayer's Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 18
     Lesser Black-backed Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 1
     Glaucous Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 1
     Great Black-backed Gull Ottawa River and Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 1
     Rock Pigeon common Dec. 1
     Mourning Dove common Dec. 1
     Eastern Screech Owl Lac des Fées Dec. 28
     Great Horned Owl Chemin Eardley-Masham Jan. 16
     Snowy Owl Fallowfield-Eagleson Area Jan. 2
     Barred Owl Baxter Conservation Area Dec. 14
     Great Gray Owl Larose Forest Jan. 14
     Short-eared Owl Wall Road Dec. 2
     Northern Saw-whet Owl Rue Marcotte, Touraine Dec. 14
     Belted Kingfisher Petrie Island Dec. 1
     Downy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Hairy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Black-backed Woodpecker Ogilvie and Aviation Parkway Dec. 20
     Northern Flicker Parc Baker, Hull Jan. 12
     Pileated Woodpecker Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Blue-headed Vireo Rothwell Heights Dec. 8
     Northern Shrike High Road (north end), Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Blue Jay common Dec. 1
     American Crow common Dec. 1
     Common Raven various Dec. 1
     Horned Lark Wall Road Dec. 4
     Black-capped Chickadee common Dec. 1
     Red-breasted Nuthatch Pontiac Dec. 5
     White-breasted Nuthatch various Dec. 1
     Brown Creeper Champlain Bridge Dec. 5
     Carolina Wren Lismer Crescent, Kanata Dec. 3
     Ruby-crowned Kinglet Fletcher Wildlife Garden Dec. 28
     Golden-crowned Kinglet Baie Noire Dec. 1
     Hermit Thrush Ch. des Cavernes, S of 307 Dec. 16
     American Robin Grandview Road Dec. 8
     Varied Thrush Cantley Dec. 11
     Brown Thrasher Dunrobin CBC Jan. 2
     European Starling common Dec. 1
     Bohemian Waxwing Luskville Dec. 5
     Cedar Waxwing Grandview Road Dec. 8
     Yellow-rumped Warbler Deschênes Rapids Dec. 3
     Common Yellowtroat Britannia / Strathcona Park Dec. 16 / Dec. 17
     American Tree Sparrow Hilda Street Feeders Dec. 2
     Song Sparrow Embrun Sewage Lagoons Dec. 1
     Swamp Sparrow Britannia Sector CBC Dec. 20
     White-throated Sparrow end of Grandview Road Dec. 2
     Dark-eyed Junco end of Grandview Road Dec. 2
     Lapland Longspur Fitzroy Harbour Jan. 2
     Snow Bunting St. Albert Sewage Lagoons/Quyon Dec. 2
     Northern Cardinal various Dec. 2
     Red-winged Blackbird Lac des Fées Dec. 1
     Common Grackle Val Tétreau Dec. 27
     Brown-headed Cowbird Carlsbad Springs Dec. 1
     Pine Grosbeak Bourget Dec. 2
     Purple Finch Embrun Dec. 13
     House Finch Aylmer Dec. 2
     Common Redpoll Gatineau Dec. 20
     Pine Siskin Indian Creek Rd, Larose Forest Dec. 2
     American Goldfinch Strathcona Park Dec. 1
     Evening Grosbeak Indian Creek Rd, Larose Forest Dec. 1
     House Sparrow common Dec. 1
    
     Not on Checklist
     Wild Turkey Perreault Road Dec. 3

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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