November 2020 Sightings

Did you miss last month’s sightings? We’ve summarized them for you here, included some photos, such as a 2nd year Iceland Gull (with Herring Gull) seen by Michael Runtz along with a female Red-breasted Merganser on the Madawaska River in Arnprior. 

Thanks as well to our other members such as Norah Hillary and Jean Seguin, who also contributed sightings:

Monique Boivin’s sightings of a Tundra Bean Goose in Sarsfield, Ontario, on November 17 and a Black Vulture in Alcove, Quebec on November 21 were of note but out of our recording area.



2nd year Iceland Gull with Herring Gull





Female red-breasted Merganser

Female Red-breasted Merganser


Dave Forsyth spotted a Greater Yellowlegs at Morris Island.

Greater Yellowlegs


Stephen Duff had a Hoary Redpoll on Needham’s Side Road and a Horned Lark on the Huntline Road. In one of his Facebook posts, Michael Runtz notes: When you see a flock of redpolls, look carefully in it for a pale or “frosted” individual. That bird is likely a Hoary Redpoll, which nest farther north than most Common Redpolls, and are usually seen in our area only when there is a large movement south of Common Redpolls.


Karen Krueger had 150 or so Bohemian Waxwings and a Carolina Wren in Fitzroy Harbour;

Elena Petrich also had a flock of Bohemian Waxwings in Kanata.

Bohemian Waxwwings

Photo: Elena Petrich


In Dunrobin, Maureen Carrier had a huge flock of Snow Buntings (800), some Common Redpolls,

White-winged Crossbills and Pine Grosbeaks.



Sue Dodge showed a picture which was identified as the pupal case of a silk moth,

probably for an overwintering Cecropia moth.

pupal case of a silk moth


Alberto Suarez-Esteban found a short-tailed shrew, at Pakenham, November 3.

Short-tailed shrew

Thanks as well to other members — who also contributed sightings: Norah Hillary and Jean Seguin, Judy and Murray Borer.


Compiled with thanks to Maureen Carrier and John Lawrence.