Good Birding, Bruce
Important Direction Information from Jeff Skevington
Directions: We have reassessed the possible impact on local landowners and suggest that you park at the fire access road at the corner of Sand Bay Street and Baillie. Do not block the fire road. The Hudsonian Godwit and Long-billed Dowitchers are still at this location. Then walk east down the beach along the Ottawa River for about 400 m until you get to the grassy area just past the last house. This is where you should look for the Nelson's Sparrows. This is an easier and drier walk than the previous directions that I gave and will be less invasive for the locals.
The best access point to start at is the fire access at the intersection of
Sand Bay Street and Baillie Avenue. To get there, follow Constance Bay Drive
in from Dunrobin Road. Turn right on Baillie just past the liquor store.
Sand Bay is about 400 m east.
The coordinates of the site are: 45.477453 N, 76.066583 W (using Google
The Nelson's Sparrow formerly Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was regarded as a very rare fall migrant and difficult to find. Well, I think the status has definitely changed in our area!
This is the largest number ever recorded in the Ottawa district. Based on today we may ended up finding this species a lot easier to locate.
It has also been a good fall for Long-billed Dowitcher and Hudsonian Godwit along the Ottawa River. I'm certain that both species regularly fly over eastern Ontario but with the record? low water levels there is lots of good feeding.
The White-rumped Sandpiper is another regular fall migrant and numbers vary each fall. This is becoming one of the best falls in recent years due to both inclement weather and low water levels.