Eastern Ontario Tundra Trip Report

Thursday, March 29, 2018

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Visible migration was the theme of the day east of Ottawa! Waterfowl, in particular geese, filled the skies. Our morning just got better and better as we went along. We tallied five Ross’s Geese and two Golden Eagles (soaring together!) while birding east of Casselman. A large flock of Snow Buntings and small flocks of Horned Larked delighted all, as well. We made our way W and N, to Frank Kenny and Milton roads, where we again enjoyed some serious visible migration. The shock of the day had to have been a pair of Peregrine Falcons dining on a Ring-billed Gull. Looks to have been the female that took the gull down, and she certainly was the first to enjoy her catch. The male watched on as Big Mamma dominated. After taking in the spectacle of watching Peregrines on a prey item, at a fairly close range, we birded our way to Milton Road. Once we hit Milton, we parted ways for the day. However, I decided to drop by the floodplain at Milton and scope geese. A minute in a saw a swan….then another…then another. I zoomed in on them. Tundra Swans! Lucky for all of us, in this day and age, we carry cellphones. I texted the group, who were still close by, and they were able to visit and see the swans. For many (most…all?) Tundra Swans were an Ottawa “lifer.” What a fantastic birding day, and a great way to spend time outdoors with birding friends during Easter Weekend!

eBird Checklists

Lafleche Landfill: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44057801

Concession Road 21: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44058384

Concession Road 21: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44058842

Frank Kenny Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44060376

Frank Kenny bridge: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44062092

McFadden Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44062309

McFadden Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44062354

Perrault Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44062609

Perrault Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44062808

Milton Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44063459

Russell Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44063619