THE 2003

OTTAWA - GATINEAU MID FALL BIRD COUNT RESULTS

The Ottawa - Gatineau Mid Fall Bird Count was held on 18th and 19th October 2003. The weather over the 24 hours could not have been better, especially when earlier forecast called for rain and it turned out to be a beautiful mainly sunny late fall day, with the temperatures ranging from about -1 to +8 degrees celcius.  Number of species found was 135 which is 4 shy of last years record number. A few birds that are normally found during the count were missing this year, such as: Long-tailed Duck, Northern Goshawk, Gray Partridge, American Coot, Bonaparte's Gull. There were also a few new birds found on this count.

Fun was had by all and the meal at the compilation session, hosted by OFNC with an added bonus of delicious bread and cheese donated by Louise Laperrière of the Club des ornithologues de l'Outaouais, 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.

The "*" indicates that the birds were caught in a mist net at the Innis Point Banding Station.

SPECIES  N.E.  N.W.  S.E.  S.W. TOTAL
Common Loon 0 2 1 6 9
Pied-billed Grebe 3 1 1 8 13
Horned Grebe 0 1 0 2 3
Red-necked Grebe 0 0 0 7 7
Double-crested Cormorant 4 18 12 69 103
American Bittern

0

0

1

0

1

Great Blue Heron 21 6 21 34 82
Black-crowned Night Heron

0

0

0

1

1

Turkey Vulture

0

0

21

19

40

Snow Goose 0 0 11 11 22
Brant 0 0 1 181 182
Canada Goose 6,274 1,690 25,403 22,754 56,121
Wood Duck 10 5 24 30 69
Green-winged Teal 44 2 91 51 188
American Black Duck 23 54 52 137 266
Mallard 280 61 868 1,112 2,321
Mallard x American Black 0 0 5 0 5
Northern Pintail 1 0 7 9 17
Blue-winged Teal 0 0 6 10 16
Northern Shoveler 15 0 14 16 45
Gadwall 0 0 0 8 8
American Wigeon 90 0 0 60 150
Ring-necked Duck 42 62 32 119 255
Greater Scaup 10 48 1 6 65
Lesser Scaup 72 191 25 804 1,092
Black Scoter 0 1 0 0 1
Surf Scoter 0 0 0 15 15
White-winged Scoter 0 2 0 17 19
Common Goldeneye 0 105 1 65 171
Bufflehead 0 29 4 67 100
Hooded Merganser 109 14 20 58 201
Common Merganser 16 8 33 33 90
Red-breasted Merganser 0 1 0 0 1
Ruddy Duck 2 0 22 20 44
Osprey 0 1 0 1 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 1 0 1
Northern Harrier 4 6 29 15 54
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2 1 3
Cooper's Hawk 1 0 2 3 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 1 1 2
Broad-winged Hawk 2 1 2 0 5
Red-tailed Hawk 12 9 75 54 150
Rough-legged Hawk 2 1 7 4 14
Golden Eagle

1

0 1 0 2
American Kestrel 0 3 0 2 5
Merlin 0 1 0 1 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0 2 2
Ruffed Grouse 9 9 4 6 28
Wild Turkey (Introduced) 0 8 0 0 8
Common Moorhen 0 0 0 1 1
American Coot 0 0 0 3 3
Sandhill Crane 0 0 2 1 3
Black-bellied Plover 0 0 1 2 3
American Golden Plover 0 0 360 16 376
Killdeer 0 0 11 1 12
Greater Yellowlegs 0 0 17 15 32
Lesser Yellowlegs

0

0

3

8

11

Spotted Sandpiper

0

0

2

0

2

Sanderling

0

0

1

0

1

Pectoral Sandpiper 0 0 14 14 28

Dunlin

0 0 18 2 20
Wilson's Snipe 0 0 2 4 6
American Woodcock 0 0 1 0 1
Ring-billed Gull 245 1,191 1,371 2,834 5,641
Herring Gull 0 343 165 6,263 6,771
Iceland Gull 0 0 1 0 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 0 0 0 1 1
Great Black-backed Gull 0 52 38 294 384
Rock Dove 127 181 847 327 1,482
Mourning Dove 72 22 165 120 379
Eastern Screech Owl 0 0 0 1 1
Great Horned Owl 0 0 2 2 4
Barred Owl 0 0 0 1 1
Short-eared Owl 0 0 1 0 1
Northern Saw-whet Owl 0 0 0 14 14*
Belted Kingfisher 5 1 1 3 10
Downy Woodpecker 7 16 33 34 90
Hairy Woodpecker 8 19 39 32 98
Northern Flicker 1 1 2 4 8
Pileated Woodpecker 3 1 4 8 16
Eastern Phoebe 2 0 1 1 4
Horned Lark 0 0 209 241 450
Blue Jay 56 58 173 193 480
American Crow 148 637 1,250 1,670 3,705
Common Raven 14 25 7 90 136
Black-capped Chickadee 200 329 466 618 1,613
Red-breasted Nuthatch 0 7 27 29 63
White-breasted Nuthatch 10 28 44 53 135
Brown Creeper 1 8 11 9 29
Winter Wren 2 2 7 10 21
Golden-crowned Kinglet 11 25 152 71 259
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10 15 23 45 93
Eastern Bluebird 0 7 11 17 35
Gray-cheeked Thrush 0 2 0 0 2
Swainson's Thrush 0 0 1 1 2
Hermit Thrush 0 7 16 12 35
Wood Thrush 0 0 0 2 2
American Robin 111 467 543 673 1,794
Gray Catbird 1 1 0 2 4
American Pipit 0 86 581 310 977
Cedar Waxwing 0 4 10 18 32
Northern Shrike 0 0 2 2 4
European Starling 525 943 3,020 2,021 6,509
Blue-headed Vireo 0 1 1 1 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 0 0 1 2
Nashville Warbler 0 1 0 0 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 19 18 21 37 95
Pine Warbler 0 1 0 0 1
Palm Warbler 0 1 0 0

1

Black and white Warbler 1 0 0 0 1
Wilson's Warbler 0 0 1 0 1
American Tree Sparrow 63 69 98 304 534
Chipping Sparrow 10 3 9 9 31
Field Sparrow 0 0 0 4 4
Vesper Sparrow 0 1 2 8 11
Savannah Sparrow 0 0 19 4 23
Fox Sparrow 0 4 16 10 30
Song Sparrow 26 41 132 184 383
Swamp Sparrow 5 7 14 16 42
White-throated Sparrow 35 34 105 78 252
White-crowned Sparrow 58 48 69 124 299
Dark-eyed Junco 124 106 286 718 1,234
Lapland Longspur 0 0 21 1 22
Snow Bunting 0 0 1 3 4
Northern Cardinal 9 25 28 30 92
Red-winged Blackbird 568 63 10,293 2,309 13,233
Eastern Meadowlark 1 1 28 7 37
Rusty Blackbird 159 0 4 76 239
Common Grackle 10 0 518 207 735
Brown-headed Cowbird 0 172 29 15 216
Pine Grosbeak 0 0 0 2 2
Purple Finch 1 3 9 8 21
House Finch 0 10 14 45 69
Pine Siskin 0 0 1 1 2
American Goldfinch 43 19 75 194 331
Evening Grosbeak 0 0 0 8 8
House Sparrow 10 37 273 91 411
TOTAL SPECIES 64 77 105 118 135
PARTICIPANTS 15 6 21 21 63
- N.E. N.W. S.E. S.W. -

Compiled by C.R.Bowen, October 24, 2003