Thursday, September 17, 2009

Marbled Godwit at Shirley's Bay September 17, 2009

The Marbled Godwit found this at Shirley's Bay by Bob Cermak, Chris Lewis and Bob Bracken was still present at 12 noon. The godwit was activity feeding on the far side of the mudflats opposite the base of the dyke. 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.

OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request
permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

The Marbled Godwit, a very rare visitor to the Ottawa was bonus at Shirley's Bay today.

Finally with lower water levels along the Ottawa River, shorebirds,waterfowl and other waders are starting to be seen!

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