THE 2005

ELEVENTH ANNUAL

OTTAWA - GATINEAU MID FALL BIRD COUNT RESULTS

The 11th annual Ottawa-Gatineau Fall Bird Count was held on the weekend of Oct. 15 - 16, 2005. Fifty-one observers braved the scattered showers and brutally blustery northwest winds, and these less than ideal weather conditions made for a challenging event. Woodland species were reluctant to be seen and nearly impossible to hear, and birding at the local fields, ponds, sewage lagoons and rivers was not much more productive. Nevertheless, on a weekend when the most common species was the "leaf bird", our intrepid participants managed to find several good "real" birds. The post-count compilation at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, with free pizza, beverages, and other delicious food, attracted a record low of 23 participants - was the weather a factor in this as well? Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in all the sectors, and the volunteers who looked after the post-count meeting

A total of 126 species were recorded, with 9 record high counts as well as 1 new species.

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 0 0 1 6 7
Pied-billed Grebe 15 0 0 2 17
Horned Grebe 0 0 0 1 1
Red-necked Grebe 0 3 0 1 4
Double-crested Cormorant 4 42 19 91 156
American Bittern

0

0

1

0

1

Great Blue Heron 10 4 10 12 36
Turkey Vulture

3

14

10

25

52

Great White-fronted Goose

0

0

0

1

1

Snow Goose 60 4 213 44 321
Canada Goose 4,145 927 21,133 6,637 32,842
Cackling Goose

0

0

1

1

2

Brant 0 0 1 0 1
Wood Duck 27 11 25 47 110
Gadwall

10

0

1

11

22

American Wigeon

335

0

0

64

399

American Black Duck

6

55

39

142

242

Mallard 62 68 651 1,037 1,818
Blue-winged Teal 6 3 3 46 58
Northern Shoveler 0 0 0 3 3
Northern Pintail 0 0 1 11 12
Green-winged Teal 7 28 162 634 831
Canvasback

0

0

2

0

2

Redhead

1

29

21

32

83

Ring-necked Duck

106

41

64

105

316

Greater Scaup 154 80 3 4 241
Lesser Scaup 50 211 17 235 513
White-winged Scoter 0 0 2 2 4
Bufflehead 0 0 0 9 9
Common Goldeneye 0 9 5 7 21
Hooded Merganser 29 0 8 40 77
Common Merganser 4 6 19 48 77
Red-breasted Merganser 0 1 0 12 13
Ruddy Duck 0 0 55 40 95
Osprey 0 0 1 1 2
Bald Eagle

0

0

2

0

2

Northern Harrier 5 2 10 3 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 0 2 3 6
Cooper's Hawk 1 0 2 2 5
Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

2

2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1 0 1 0 2
Red-tailed Hawk 7 1 18 13 39
Rough-legged Hawk 3 3 9 2 17
American Kestrel 1 1 1 0 3
Merlin 0 1 3 5 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 0 1 2
Ruffed Grouse 2 1 0 2 5
Wild Turkey

0

48

0

5

53

American Coot 2 0 0 5 7
Sandhill Crane 0 0 47 0 47
Black-bellied Plover 0 8 0 2 10
American Golden Plover

0

0

0

35

35

Semipalmated Plover

0

0

0

1

1

Killdeer 42 0 2 0 44
Greater Yellowlegs 0 0 1 9 10
Lesser Yellowlegs

0

0

2

4

6

White-rumped Sandpiper 0 0 0 1 1

Dunlin

0 0 0 1 1
Wilson's Snipe 0 0 1 1 2
American Woodcock 0 1 0 1 2
Bonaparte's Gull 0 0 0 1 1
Ring-billed Gull 220 745 2,427 3435 6,,827
Herring Gull 10 270 4 6,033 6,317
Iceland Gull

0

0

0

1

1

Great Black-backed Gull 0 501 4 353 858
Rock Pigeon 212 133 315 292 952
Mourning Dove 24 10 119 75 228
Great Horned Owl 0 0 0 1 1
Short-eared Owl 0 0 4 0 4
Belted Kingfisher 2 1 2 1 6
Red-headed Woodpecker 0 0 0 2 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

0

0

0

1

1

Downy Woodpecker 2 1 6 17 26
Hairy Woodpecker 7 2 7 18 34
Northern Flicker 0 1 5 8 14
Pileated Woodpecker 0 1 0 2 3
Eastern Phoebe 0 0 6 1 7
Blue-headed Vireo

1

0

0

3

4

Blue Jay 25 38 55 128 246
American Crow 218 593 1,294 842 2,947
Common Raven 2 0 15 24 41
Horned Lark

0

0

61

6

67

Black-capped Chickadee 126 72 500 426 1,124
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 0 1 9 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 11 1 7 32 51
Brown Creeper 0 0 2 9 11
Winter Wren

0

1

0

4

5

Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 1 22 102 129
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 2 9 46 60
Eastern Bluebird 4 0 5 2 11
Swainson's Thrush

0

1

0

2

3

Hermit Thrush 0 1 2 10 13
American Robin 48 66 483 651 1,248
Gray Catbird

0

0

0

4

4

European Starling

296

534

3,025

3,080

6,935

American Pipit 33 0 92 10 135
Cedar Waxwing 0 0 0 2 2
Orange-crowned Wabler

0

0

0

1

1

Nashville Warbler

0

0

0

1

1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 8 19 17 60 104
Palm Warbler 0 0 0 1 1
Wilson's Warbler 0 0 1 0 1
American Tree Sparrow 18 9 13 38 78
Chipping Sparrow 3 0 0 8 11
Field Sparrow

0

0

0

2

2

Vesper Sparrow,

0

4

1

2

7

Savannah Sparrow 1 0 10 0 11
Fox Sparrow 2 0 8 8 18
Song Sparrow 14 7 117 29 167
Swamp Sparrow 1 0 4 7 12
White-throated Sparrow 4 16 77 141 238
White-crowned Sparrow 31 8 10 43 92
Dark-eyed Junco 242 607 366 411 1,626
Lapland Longspur 0 0 3 0 3
Northern Cardinal

4

2

26

25

57

Red-winged Blackbird 1,789 410 3,811 912 6,922
Eastern Meadowlark 0 0 29 1 30
Rusty Blackbird 4 0 6 11 21
Common Grackle 0 0 2,283 81 2,364
Brown-headed Cowbird 0 0 212 0 212
Purple Finch 0 1 1 5 7
House Finch 2 0 10 53 65
Pine Siskin 0 0 1 1 2
American Goldfinch 46 2 30 72 150
Evening Grosbeak 1 14 1 1 17
House Sparrow 32 4 59 108 203
TOTAL SPECIES 66 62 90 114 126
PARTICIPANTS 11 4 17 19 51
- N.E. N.W. S.E. S.W. -

Compiled by C. Lewis & C.R.Bowen, October 23, 2005