Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birding along the Ottawa River September 22, 2009

Still lots of activity at Shirley's Bay. This morning we observed 12 species of shorebirds including the Marbled Godwit, 4 Long-billed Dowitcher, and 1 Stilt Sandpiper. No luck with the Nelson's Sparrow. The water level has dropped again resulting in a large mudflat at the base of the dyke. Numerous Green and Blue-winged Teal were feeding and further down the dyke we observed 2 Great Egret, 7 Gadwall, 20+ American Wigeon, 3 Northern Pintail and a flock of 15+ Lesser Scaup and 1 Greater Scaup. Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Shirley's Bay: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to the Moodie Drive exit and turn north (right) on Moodie Drive and continue to Carling Ave. Turn left at Carling Ave. and follow Carling to Rifle Road. Turn right (north) on Rifle Rd. Park at the lot at the end (boat launch). Walk back to the road, and continue through the gate on the Department of National Defense property. There is a trail on your right (clearly marked with vehicle "No Entry" signs) which heads into the woods, and, eventually to the dyke. There is lots of POISON IVY along the dyke. **** PLEASE NOTE**** YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE RANGE CONTROL OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

Lower water levels are attracting more birds.

The Solitary Sandpiper is a regular fall migrant throughout eastern Ontario.

A flock of Solitary Sandpipers feeding along the dyke.

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