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Jul 182012
 

Indigo Bunting

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tuesday July 3:

The first morning of our Summer Program started at Petrie Island with wonderful weather.

We quickly ventured out to explore the east end of Ottawa.

At Carlsbad Springs we had an entire family of American Kestrels. We also went to Embrun and Casselman Lagoons, where we had the first fall migrants including Least Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs. At Casselman, we had a faded Horned Grebe, a rare bird for early July.

We ended the day with a list of 52 species.

Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Common Gallinule/Moorhen Gallinula galeata
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven Corvus corax
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
American Robin Turdus migratorius
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Birding Group at Andrew Haydon Park – Ottawa, Canada.

Catapillar

Thursday July 5:

With a brightly shining sun, and a fresh breeze, we started the day at Andrew Haydon Park.

Just beyond the beach we had some early fall migrants including 4 Bonaparte Gulls.

It was a perfect day to look for migrants and various water birds, so we headed over to the Shirley’s Bay dyke. In the secondary growth of the greenbelt, we found many American Redstarts, including recently-fledged juveniles. From the dyke we saw Green Heron, American Widgeon, Great Egret, Bald Eagle on the nest and Spotted and Least Sandpiper. It was a great day with 64 species of birds.

Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
American Wigeon Anas americana
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Merlin Falco columbarius
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
N – Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Damselfly’s

Juvenile Barn Swallow

Photographer

Saturday July 7:

Our morning started again at Petrie Island.

It was hot and humid but with a comforting overcast.

We ventured out to the Dignard Constructed Wetland, the Embrun Lagoons and the St. Albert Lagoons.  Besides generous helpings of delicious poutine and cheese curds at the St. Albert Cheese Factory, we had the following highlights of the day: Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Common Gallinule chicks, Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teals. One of our participants, Ben, got Vesper Sparrow for life. It was a great day with 55 species of birds including many shorebirds.

Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Gadwall Anas strepera
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Common Gallinule/Moorhen Gallinula galeata
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven Corvus corax
N – Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

 

Constance Creek is a popular place to go birding in Ottawa. 1st of July is Canada Day, and someone planted the flag on top of the beaver lodge.

Red-tailed Hawk, Photo Courtesy Joshua McCullough

Birding Group

Pine Siskin, Photo Courtesy Joshua McCullough

Sunday July 8:

This was our last excursion in July before a long break.

And, it turned out to be our best day of birding day of the summer with 66 species.

We started out at Andrew Haydon park, before venturing out to the west end.

Some of the highlights included American Bittern, Red-shouldered Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Willow Flycatcher and Brown Thrasher. The bird of the day was unmistakably the Pine Siskin, an uncommon summer species.

We’ll be back from Newfoundland in early August! See you then!

Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven Corvus corax
Purple Martin Progne subis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Veery Catharus fuscescens
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

 

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At the end, I would like to post a few images of a very cooperative and handsome Upland Sandpiper I came across the other day.

Posing for the camera..

A little bit nervous..

Checking me out..

Thinking he’s ancient Egyptian..

Cheerio!! :o)

Nina Stavlund

Nina Stavlund

Nina is Norwegian by blood, an extensive world traveler, and is now living in Ottawa, Canada. She's also a passionate birder and nature lover, and has logged hundreds of hours birding the last couple of years. She's a professional photographer, graduated from "Bilder Nordic School of Photography" in Oslo, Norway. Her award winning work appears in many catalogs, magazines, postcards, websites, calendars and more. Nina, & her husband Tony Beck, offer local excursions, international tours and photographic services through their company "Always An Adventure". Nina & Tony have lead tours together to Costa Rica, Southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Nina also conducts photography and photo editing courses.

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