THE 2002

OTTAWA - GATINEAU MID FALL BIRD COUNT RESULTS

The Ottawa - Gatineau Mid Fall Bird Count was held on 19th and 20th October 2002. The weather, a contributing factor - generally mild and very pleasant during the previous week with SE & SW winds...then a dramatic cold front moved through on the afternoon of the19th with strong NW winds bringing wicked thunderstorms and hail pellets thesize & texture of large hard corn kernels, followed by a gorgeous morning on the 20th with mixed sun & cloud and a stiff NW breeze in the afternoon. The number of species found was a record high of 139, beating the 2001 record of 132. Fun was had by all and the meal at the compilation session, hosted by OFNC, completed a great birding day.

This count covers a 50-km radius of the Peace Tower.  S.E. and S.W. represent the Ontario side of the area and N.E. and N.W. represent the Quebec side.

Record Highs since 1995 are noted in RED in the "Species" and "Total" columns.

New Records since 1995 are noted in BLUE in the "Species" and "Total" columns.

SPECIES N.E.  N.W.    S.E.    S.W. TOTAL
Common Loon 1 3 1 11 16
Red-throated Loon

0

0

0

1

1

Pied-billed Grebe 20 1 3 3 27
Horned Grebe 0 0 0 3 3
Red-necked Grebe 0 7 0 10 17
Double-crested Cormorant 4 34 3 94 135
Great Blue Heron 26 6 24 54 110
Black-crowned Night Heron

0

0

0

5

5

Great White-fronted Goose

0

0

0

1

1

Snow Goose 0 1 1 4 6
Brant 0 0 15 1 16
Canada Goose 1,099 778 24,852 20,138 46,867
Wood Duck 16 24 19 71 130
Green-winged Teal 68 2 88 301 460
American Black Duck 61 46 115 165 387
Mallard 211 66 998 1,015 2,290
Northern Pintail 26 0 7 7 50
Blue-winged Teal 15 0 1 36 52
Northern Shoveler 0 0 0 64 64
Gadwall 3 0 0 42 45
Eurasian Wigeon

0

0

0

1

1

American Wigeon 247 0 0 119 366
Redhead

0

0

0

1

1

Ring-necked Duck 46 35 20 219 320
Greater Scaup 132 88 4 20 244
Lesser Scaup 4 583 43 453 1,083
Long-tailed Duck 0 0 0 15 15
Black Scoter 0 5 0 6 11
Surf Scoter 3 2 0 0 5
White-winged Scoter 0 1 4 19 24
Common Goldeneye 10 423 6 51 490
Bufflehead 19 19 7 123 168
Hooded Merganser 55 12 43 257 367
Common Merganser 13 17 26 102 158
Red-breasted Merganser 0 1 2 24 27
Ruddy Duck 0 0 24 11 35
Turkey Vulture 0 8 0 13 21
Osprey 0 0 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 9 7 12 8 36
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 6 4 10
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 4 2 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 10 11 43 26 90
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2 3 6
Golden Eagle

0

0

1

0

1

American Kestrel 1 0 2 3 6
Merlin 0 0 2 3 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0 2 2
Gray Partridge 0 0 0 9 9
Ruffed Grouse 3 2 2 24 31
American Coot 1 0 15 13 29
Sandhill Crane 0 0 32 0 32
Black-bellied Plover 0 1 0 17 18
American Golden Plover

0

0

0

2

2

Semipalmated Plover

0

1

0

3

4

Killdeer 13 5 37 4 59
Greater Yellowlegs 8 1 6 19 34
Lesser Yellowlegs

1

1

8

11

21

Solitary Sandpiper

0

0

0

2

2

Sanderling

0

0

0

1

1

Semipalmated Sandpiper

0

0

0

3

3

White-rumped Sandpiper 0 0 3 14 17
Baird's Sandpiper

0

0

0

2

2

Pectoral Sandpiper 0 0 4 14 18

Dunlin

0 0 2 106 108
Stilt Sandpiper

0

0

0

1

1

Short-billed Dowitcher

0

0

0

12

12

Wilson's Snipe 6 1 2 1 10
American Woodcock 0 1 0 1 2
Bonaparte's Gull 4 1 102 5 112
Ring-billed Gull 594 716 1,763 9,528 12,601
Herring Gull 24 690 233 9,255 10,202
Lesser Black-backed Gull 0 0 1 7 8
Great Black-backed Gull 0 46 33 2,433 2,512
Rock Dove 612 92 729 471 1,904
Mourning Dove 151 36 368 429 984
Great Horned Owl 1 0 1 1 3
Barred Owl 0 2 0 0 2
Northern Saw-whet Owl 0 1 0 0 1
Belted Kingfisher 3 3 4 8 18
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 0 0 0 1 1
Downy Woodpecker 4 7 20 28 59
Hairy Woodpecker 7 9 19 17 52
Black-backed Woodpecker

0

0

1

0

1

Northern Flicker 2 2 1 5 10
Pileated Woodpecker 0 4 3 7 14
Eastern Phoebe 0 2 3 1 6
Horned Lark 0 1 348 3 352
Blue Jay 59 43 243 248 593
American Crow 186 649 4,200 2,003 7,038
Common Raven 2 15 4 39 60
Black-capped Chickadee 109 149 305 541 1,104
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 2 13 22 40
White-breasted Nuthatch 14 21 15 51 101
Brown Creeper 2 7 7 9 25
Winter Wren 0 0 1 10 11
Marsh Wren

0

0

1

0

1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 9 22 82 135 248
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5 15 49 58 127
Eastern Bluebird 5 0 12 28 45
Veery

0

0

1

0

1

Gray-cheeked Thrush

0

0

1

0

1

Swainson's Thrush 0 1 3 2 6
Hermit Thrush 2 5 15 10 32
American Robin 113 148 810 1,182 2,253
Gray Catbird

0

0

1

0

1

American Pipit 0 21 579 294 894
Cedar Waxwing 2 19 6 53 80
Northern Shrike 0 0 1 0 0
European Starling 655 251 7,933 1,726 10,565
Blue-headed Vireo 0 1 0 1 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 25 75 80 184
Northern Cardinal 3 20 39 31 93
American Tree Sparrow 21 36 66 42 165
Chipping Sparrow 0 5 15 10 30
Field Sparrow 0 0 2 1 3
Vesper Sparrow,

0

0

1

2

3

Savannah Sparrow 0 0 5 3 8
Fox Sparrow 2 0 19 25 46
Song Sparrow 60 30 147 113 350
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 0 0 1 2
Swamp Sparrow 0 2 5 8 15
White-throated Sparrow 4 70 192 178 444
White-crowned Sparrow 20 32 72 127 251
Dark-eyed Junco 151 160 700 577 1,588
Lapland Longspur 0 0 95 0 95
Snow Bunting 5 0 1 0 6
Red-winged Blackbird 773 509 6,419 8,645 16,346
Eastern Meadowlark 7 0 3 55 65
Rusty Blackbird 1 12 251 187 451
Common Grackle 26 0 173 138 337
Brown-headed Cowbird 0 0 5 38 43
Purple Finch 2 4 1 5 12
House Finch 2 0 25 43 70
Pine Siskin 0 0 4 0 4
American Goldfinch 54 23 57 160 294
Evening Grosbeak 1 0 0 12 13
House Sparrow 20 43 152 284 499
TOTAL SPECIES 72 80 104 123 139
PARTICIPANTS 13 4 13 21 51
- N.E. N.W. S.E. S.W. -

Compiled by C.R.Bowen, October 30, 2002