Friday, August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011 Parasitic Jaeger at Deschenes Rapids

Hi Ontbirders

This morning at 8:30 a.m. I observed an adult light morph Parasitic Jaeger flying along the Ottawa River at Deschenes Rapids. The jaeger flew in from the east, spooked all the gulls that were resting on the exposed rocks at Deschenes Rapids than continued west and disappeared. I relocated it off Dick Bell Park from upper Deschenes Rapids. When I arrived at Dick Bell Park around 9:15a.m. the jaeger was gone and I checked Shirley's Bay but no luck. There were few gulls west of Deschenes Rapids except off Innis Point where there was a small concentration of Ring-billed Gulls and 30+ Common Tern.
Good Birding, Bruce

Directions: Deschenes Rapids, from Britannia Filtration Plant: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 129 (Greenbank & Pinecrest Roads). If travelling west, the 0.3 km offramp dumps you right or north onto Pinecrest Road. If driving east, a 0.3 km offramp brings you to Pinecrest/Greenbank Road, where you will turn left or north onto Pinecrest Road and in 0.4 km join the westbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow Pinecrest Road north 0.8 km from here to Richmond Road. Turn right or northeast onto Richmond and go 0.5 km, crossing Carling Avenue, to Poulin Avenue. Turn left or north onto Poulin and go 0.6 km to where a left only turn puts you on Howe Street. Follow Howe west 0.2 km to Britannia Road. Turn right or north onto Britannia Road and proceed 0.8 km to Cassels Street. Turn right or east onto Cassels and go 0.7 km to a small parking area on the end at the Britannia Filtration Plant.

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.

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