Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 1, 2010 Birding the Eastern Lagoons.

Despite the hot, humid weather, (40+ humidex) spent a few hours checking various sewage lagoons east of Ottawa. Overall, very little exposed mud or shoreline except for the Casselman lagoons which are under construction and the west cell has very little water. There continues to be an impressive number of juv. Baird's Sandpipers passing through the region with 7 at Cassleman, 4 at St. Albert and 3 at Embrun. Other shorebirds of note included 1 juv. Stilt Sandpiper and 1 adult Black-bellied Plover at Casselman and 1 juv. Ruddy Turnstone at Embrun. The Alfred Sewage Lagoons have a excellent variety of waterfowl including 97 Ruddy Duck ( 2 females with 5 downy young), 7 Redhead, 24 Common Moorhen, and 1 Bufflehead. Raptors were active at all lagoons with 1 Merlin, 4 Northern Harrier and 1 American Kestrel. If you require additional information, please email me privately.
Good Birding, Bruce

Directions: From the town of Alfred go east on Highway 17, then turn south on Peat Moss Road and drive for 2 km. The lagoons are on your left (east side of road). The birds are best observed from the viewing tower. Access to the viewing tower is free and no permit is needed. Entrance to the lagoons is prohibited unless in the possession of a valid ANNUAL PERMIT. The permit can be purchased for $20.00 on week days from the town hall in Plantagenet. The telephone number is 613 673 4797 ex 244..

Male Ruddy Ducks relaxing in the heat.

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