Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 1-3, 2009 Local birding Ottawa area.

There was a good movement of birds along the Ottawa River on November 1st. We birded from Shirley's Bay to Britannia and off Andrew Haydon Park we observed 9 Cackling Geese, 56 Brant and 75+ (mainly males) Long-tailed Duck. All 3 scoters were noted along with Red-necked and Horned Grebe. We had a small movement of raptors including 2 Golden Eagle (1ad. and 1 immature), 14 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 imm. Northern Goshawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk and an immature Peregrine Falcon at the Moodie Drive Ponds. Later in the afternoon I observed 200+ Brant flying south over Britannia.
Good birding, Bruce

Directions: AHP/DBP: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Greenbank Road exit. Turn north and follow to Carling Ave. Turn left and follow past Andrew Haydon Park (Holly Acres Road) and watch for Dick Bell Park on your right.

Directions: Moodie Drive ponds: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 west to Hwy 416. South on the 416 to exit 66 (Fallowfield Rd.) Right (west) on Fallowfield to Moodie Dr. Left (south) on Moodie, go past Trail Rd. on your left and Cambrian Rd. on your right until you come to a very large sand & gravel operation on the left (east) side of the road. ***PLEASE NOTE*** - do NOT cross the gate to the sand & gravel operation. This is private property, and most of the birds can be well-viewed from the road.The landfill site is located on Trail Road. There is no access but the gulls can be viewed from Trail Road just south of the main entrance.

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.

On November 3rd, at around 9:00a.m. there were 2 adult male Barrow's Goldeneye feeding in a mix flock of diving ducks off Andrew Haydon Park . The flock of 100+ ducks included Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, White-winged Scoter and Surf Scoter.
Good birding, Bruce

Directions: AHP: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Greenbank Road exit. Turn north and follow to Carling Ave. Turn left and follow to Andrew Haydon Park (Holly Acres Road) and turn right.

Camouflage is very important for many species.

The American Black Duck is a regular sight along the Ottawa River and surrounding creeks and ponds.

With high water levels along the Ottawa River the ponds at Andrew Haydon Park have been good for "puddle ducks".

This Red-breasted Nuthatch was checking out the sunflower seeds and decided that this one wasn't good!

An immature Peregrine flushed up ducks at the Moodie Drive Ponds.

We were lucky to see two Golden Eagles soaring over the Jack Pine Nature Trail. This adult was in view for a few minutes.

A mixed flock of Cackling and Canada Geese.

A flock of Brant at rest off Andrew Haydon Park.

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