I spent a few hours birding along the Ottawa River between Britannia and Shirley's Bay this morning. With the cooler overnight temperatures and winds Nw there was a small increase in shorebirds. I saw my first juvenile Least Sandpiper, with a total of 12 at Shirley's Bay along with 4 Great Egret, 100+ Wood Duck, 8 American Wigeon, 3 Northern Pintail, both Green and Blue-winged Teal, 6 Hooded Merganser and 1 male Lesser Scaup. At Britannia I had my first juvenile Bonaparte's Gull feeding over the rapids.
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.