Sunday, October 23, 2016

World of birds: Migrating species continue to delight bird watchers

by Bruce Di Labio
Pileated Woodpeckers are being reported from numerous locations in our area. Tom Devecseri
   The Ottawa River continues to be the main attraction for birding with numerous species of water birds being reports from Constance Bay east to Plaisance.
   The highlight last week was the sightings of numerous Eurasian Wigeons. A male in breeding plumage was observed on Oct. 15 at Shirley’s Bay while two were reported from the marshes at Plaisance. On Oct. 20, two males and a female were found along the Long Sault Parkway and a male continues to be seen in Kingston.  
   Since the mid-1990s the number of Eurasian Wigeon sightings in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais has increased from one bird every two-to-three years to one or two individuals annually in recent years. This is partly due to better optical equipment and more birders out seven days a week.
   The waterfowl variety continues to increase as more southbound diving ducks arrive including Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, and Bufflehead. These ducks can be found along the Ottawa River, Rideau River and any of the larger lakes...

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