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    OTTAWA WINTER LIST: 2010 - 2011
Count to February 28, 2011:    108 + 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. The Cumulative Ottawa Winter List stood at 186 prior to the winter of 2010-11. Species new to the cumulative list are shown in red.
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  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.


2010 - 2011:      OTTAWA WINTER BIRD LIST      Count to February 28, 2011:    108 + 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 new to the cumulative list are shown in red.
     Species Location Date
     Greater White-fronted Goose Carp Dec. 4
     Snow Goose Greenbank Road Dec. 1
     Ross's Goose Greenbank Road Dec. 1
     Cackling Goose Greenbank Road/Giroux Road quarry pond Dec. 1
     Canada Goose common Dec. 1
     Wood Duck on Ottawa CBC Dec. 19
     American Wigeon West end of Rue Garneau, Hull Jan. 16
     American Black Duck various Dec. 1
     Mallard common Dec. 1
     Northern Shoveler Masson Dec. 3
     Northern Pintail various Dec. 1
     Green-winged Teal various Dec. 1
     Canvasback Deschenes Rapids, QC Dec. 4
     Ring-necked Duck Ottawa River Dec. 1
     Greater Scaup Shirleys Bay/Grandview Road Dec. 2
     Lesser Scaup Ottawa River Dec. 1
     Long-tailed Duck Deschênes Rapids Feb. 26
     Bufflehead Ottawa River Dec. 1
     Common Goldeneye Rideau and Ottawa Rivers Dec. 1
     Barrow's Goldeneye Rideau River, N of 417 Dec. 11
     Hooded Merganser Strathcona Park Dec. 1
     Common Merganser Strathcona Park Dec. 1
     Red-breasted Merganser Ottawa River Dec. 1
     Gray Partridge Maple Grove and Silver Seven Roads Dec. 25
     Ruffed Grouse Mer Bleue Dec. 29
     Red-necked Grebe Masson Dec. 11
     Common Loon Shirleys Bay/Grandview Road Dec. 2
     Great Blue Heron E of Carleton Place Dec. 2
     Bald Eagle along Ottawa River Dec. 1
     Northern Harrier Trail Road Landfill Dec. 13
     Sharp-shinned Hawk Jackpine Trail Dec. 2
     Cooper's Hawk Hurdman Park Dec. 11
     Northern Goshawk Jack Pine Trail Dec. 4
     Red-shouldered Hawk Prom. Lakeview neighbourhood of Aylmer c. Dec. 4
     Broad-winged Hawk Aylmer Dec. 14
     Red-tailed Hawk various Dec. 1
     Rough-legged Hawk various Dec. 1
     Golden Eagle Gatineau Park, Eardley Escarpment Dec. 28
     American Kestrel Luskville, QC Dec.
     Merlin various Dec. 1
     Peregrine Falcon Bayview Transit Station Dec. 2
     Sandhill Crane Milton Road/Smith Road 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 Dec. 13
     Lesser Black-backed Gull Moodie Drive Quarry Ponds Dec. 14
     Glaucous Gull Dick Bell Park Dec. 5
     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 Aylmer and Ottawa Dec. 19
     Great Horned Owl W of Hull Dec. 18
     Northern Hawk-Owl Chemin Neely, W of Brennan's Hill, QC Dec. 18
     Barred Owl Dunrobin/Breckenridge CBC Jan. 2
     Northern Saw-whet Owl Dunrobin/Breckenridge CBC Jan. 2
     Belted Kingfisher Giroux Road quarry pond Dec. 2
     Red-bellied Woodpecker Masson-Angers\Pakenham\6th Line Rd. c. Riddell Dr. Dec. 1
     Downy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Hairy Woodpecker various Dec. 1
     Black-backed Woodpecker Pine Grove Trail, off Davidson Road Jan. 29
     Pileated Woodpecker Shirleys Bay Dec. 14
     Northern Shrike Berry Side and 5th Line Rds, Rifle Rd Dec. 11
     Blue Jay common Dec. 1
     Gray Jay Ramsay Lake Road Jan. 6
     American Crow common Dec. 1
     Common Raven various Dec. 1
     Horned Lark Richmond Road, S of Fallowfield Road Jan. 27
     Black-capped Chickadee common Dec. 1
     Red-breasted Nuthatch Jackpine Trail Dec. 2
     White-breasted Nuthatch various Dec. 1
     Brown Creeper Masson Dec. 11
     Carolina Wren Promenades Lakeview and Oval, Aylmer Dec. 11
     Winter Wren Aylmer Dec. 19
     Golden-crowned Kinglet Camp Gatineau Road Dec. 29
     Eastern Bluebird Rue Hélène-Boulé, Aylmer Dec. 19
     Hermit Thrush Hurdman Park Dec. 9
     American Robin Masson Dec. 11
     Brown Thrasher c. Larose Forest/c. Dunrobin Dec. 9
     American Pipit Greenbank Road Dec. 2
     European Starling common Dec. 1
     Bohemian Waxwing various Dec. 1
     Cedar Waxwing Britannia Feb. 14
     Yellow-rumped Warbler Aylmer Dec. 3
     Pine Warbler 5718 William McEwen Drive Dec. 3
     American Tree Sparrow Russell Road Dec. 2
     Song Sparrow Chelsea Dec. 1
     Swamp Sparrow Ogilvie Rd c. 417 Dec. 19
     White-throated Sparrow Carleton Place, Hurdman Park Dec. 4
     White-crowned Sparrow Wychwood area of Aylmer Dec. 23
     Dark-eyed Junco various Dec. 1
     Lapland Longspur Old Coach Road Jan. 10
     Snow Bunting Wall Road Dec. 2
     Northern Cardinal various Dec. 1
     Baltimore Oriole Barrhaven Dec. 6
     Rusty Blackbird Rue Hélène-Boulé, Aylmer Dec. 19
     Common Grackle Chelsea Dec. 19
     Brown-headed Cowbird Nepean Dec. 25
     Pine Grosbeak Ancroft Court off W. Hunt Club Dec. 12
     Purple Finch Embrun Dec. 8
     House Finch various Dec. 1
     White-winged Crossbill various on CBC Dec. 19
     Red Crossbill Ramsey Lake Road Dec. 27
     Common Redpoll Bill Mason Centre, Dunrobin Dec. 4
     Hoary Redpoll Huntmar Road Dec. 25
     Pine Siskin Manotick/Carleton Place Dec. 4
     American Goldfinch various Dec. 1
     Evening Grosbeak Dunrobin/Breckenridge CBC Jan. 2
     House Sparrow common Dec. 1
    
     Not on Checklist
     Wild Turkey various Dec. 1

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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