Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 23 & 24, 2011 More Birding along the Ottawa River.

Hi Everyone Lots of birds on the move! Birding along the Ottawa River continues to be good. I spent 3 hours this morning between Andrew Haydon Park and Shirley's Bay. At the boat launch at Shirley's Bay I observed a "Yellow" Palm Warbler. It flew over and landed in some shrubbery and was visible for a couple of minutes before disappearing. It is a rare spring migrant, I've only seen them on territory at Mer Blue Bog and Alfred Bog during spring migration. Lots of water birds including 49 Red-necked Grebe and 22 Horned Grebe. Yesterday saw 53 Horned and 17 Red-necked Grebe in the same area. Also yesterday, a breeding plumaged Red-throated Loon flew over the Britannia Rapids area, 2 Long-tailed Duck off Britannia Pier and there were 2 Great Egrets at Deschenes Rapids plus 40+ Bohemian Waxwings near Moodie Drive and Carling Ave. Land bird numbers are again up today with good numbers of White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Purple Martin and Bank Swallow in the area. Two Bald Eagle, 1 adult and 1, 2nd year bird were playing with sticks in a large tree in the Shirley's Bay area this morning.

Happy Easter
Good Birding, Bruce

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 (summer). **** 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.

Breeding plumage Red-necked Grebe

Breeding plumage Horned Grebe

Small flotilla of Horned Grebes off the Shirley's Bay boat launch.

Displaying Wild Turkeys near Carp.

Dueling male Wild Turkeys

Purple Martins are now back in numbers. I check the nesting area at Nepean Sailing Club yesterday, didn't see any activity, lots of action today!

A male Northern Cardinal singing.

Canada Geese can be very aggressive and territorial during the breeding season.


Jacques Bouvier said...

Nice pics Bruce!

Just to let you know that I finally added the link to your blog on my blog. I notice mine is mentionned on yours. THANKS!

This May Christine and I will be at Pelee only on the 15 to the 18.

Will you be there on those dates?


Chris Bruce said...

I was at Shirley's Bay this morning and somehow your Yellow Palm Warbler ended up becoming a Prairie Warbler! I was told by someone who was told by someone else that you saw a Prairie Warbler and then I passed that on to other birders (with a caution that it was third hand information), so somewhere along the lines the species got mixed up.

I didn't see your Palm Warbler, but I did see Rusty Blackbird, Common Loon, Ruddy Duck, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a flock of 40 Bohemian Waxwing on the dyke today. The Horned Grebes were occasionally quite vocal, which was the first time I had ever heard them vocalize before.