At least 14 Hudsonian Godwits remain feeding at Shirley's Bay today along with 70+ White-rumped Sandpiper and 11 Black-bellied Plover. The overnight low temperature, 0c, and clear, in the Ottawa area pushed a number of migrants south including 8 Brant, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 4 White-winged Scoter all off Dick Bell Park. There were a number of American Tree Sparrows along the Ottawa River and at the Shirley's Bay parking lot I observed 11 Pine Siskin, 2 Purple Finch, and a small flock of White-winged Crossbill flew over calling.
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.