Saturday, May 2, 2009

Ottawa Area: Red-headed Woodpecker

Birded a number of locations in the west end of Ottawa today. The Red-headed Woodpeckers are back at the Constance Bay "Old Burn Site" for the 8th consecutive year. This is the earliest arrival date by 2 weeks.

Overall the migration has slowed down with the cooler temperatures but there was still a small number of warblers, including Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, Nashville and Yellow. There was an increase in the numbers of Field Sparrow, Brown Thrasher and Virginia Rails. Also had 2 Red Crossbills along Carling Avenue near Grandview Road. Pine Siskins are still around in good number, had 100+ at my feeder today. Saw 3 Chimney Swifts yesterday in Carp.

While out today on my birding course we observed two Virginia Rails having a dispute. Here are a few photos of the "battle"...

Good birding,

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Directions: Constance Bay: RHWP: From Ottawa travel west bound on Hwy. 417 to the March Rd./Eagleson Road and exit right onto March Rd. Follow to Dunrobin Road and turn right continuing northwest through Woodlawn. At the hill turn right onto Constance Bay Rd following it for approx. 1.5 km. Turn left on Allbirch Road and drive 1.3 km to the "T" intersection. Turn left on Bishop Davis Drive and then right on Bayview Drive. Follow Bayview Drive to Ritchie St. Turn right and go a short distance to Whistler Rd. Turn left and drive .3 km and watch for a gate on the right. The trail through the burn area is opposite the gate. Parking is limited.


Hugh Metcalfe said...

Great shots of these species!

Tom Hince said...

Hey Bruce

Amazing photos of the interaction between the two rails! Boy do I wish I was there with video gear. Were they vocalizing at all through this dispute?