Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Timeframe: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Weather: Beautiful weather for birding. Low wind throughout the outing (next to no wind at times); sunny throughout the day with periods of partial clouds; mild, hovering around the 0-degree-Celsius mark by midday.
On Saturday, a flock of keen Eastern Ontario birders surveyed the current birding scene on a beautiful winter’s day in the National Capital Region! The midday high was quite balmy, hitting 0 degrees Celsius. We observed many lovely winter birds, including Gray Partridge, Snowy Owl, Sharp-shinned Hawk (with chickadee prey), Northern Shrike, Red-tailed Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, and a flock of Snow Buntings resting on the snow. The surprise of the day was the flock of Gray Partridges; they were sighted very quickly, which is often not the case when looking for this elusive, sought-after specialty species. Please see the checklists below for our species list for the day, compiled stop-by-stop…
Photo: Gray Partridges captured during the winter of 2018. Goulbourn-area, Ottawa, Ontario.
Ottawa — Trail Road Landfill: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53047578
Ottawa — Eagleson Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53047946
Ottawa — Akins Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53048504
Ottawa — Terry Fox Drive: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53048755
Goulbourn — Hazeldean Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53050454
Kanata — Old Second Line: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53052060
Carp — Stonecrest Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53053692
Dunrobin — Constance Lake: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53056329
Saturday, February 23: Winter Birding in Ottawa