There were still lots of shorebirds but no Red Phalarope. Jeff Skevington did a count of the numbers and here are his totals: 31 Hudsonian Godwits, 2 Long-billed Dowitcher, 92 White-rumped Sandpipers, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 60 Pectoral Sandpipers, 10 Dunlin, 10 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 5 Black-bellied Plover, 7 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Killdeer, 20 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 1 Greater Yellowlegs. A great morning for shore-birding!
At Andrew Haydon Park despite ample habitat very few shorebirds. In its prime, back in the 70's this area was excellent for shorebird watching. Not sure if the lack of birds is due to silt build up.
There were a number of gulls loafing including a 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull. The first record for the Ottawa district and Ontario was found just east of Ottawa Beach back in November 1971! The Britannia Conservation Area/Mud Lake still had a good variety of warblers including Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Nashville, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, and lots of Yellow-rumped Warbler.
I was surprised that the Hudsonian Godwits were still at Shirley's Bay the following morning. All the flock I've recorded in the Ottawa district never lingered.
A first winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (left), Ring-billed Gull (center), Herring Gull (right) at Andrew Haydon Park (Ottawa Beach)