Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 12, 2011 Local birding and hybrid Goldeneye

Hi Everyone

The highlight of birding this morning was a male hybrid Barrow's X Common Goldeneye off the boat launch at Shirley's Bay. This hybrid showed a very distinctive crescent and a small black shoulder spur of the Barrow's and head shape and scapular marking of a Common Goldeneye. Hybrids are rare but regular in eastern Ontario and are sometimes either overlooked or identified as Barrow's Goldeneye. All 3 scoters were off Shirley's Bay and all 3 regular grebes. At the Moodie Drive ponds 75+ Snow Geese were observed along with 40+ Hooded Herganser, 1 Ruddy Duck and 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. From the Trail Road vantage point 1 1st winter Iceland Gill and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen.
Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Gulls: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 west to Hwy 416. South on the 416 to exit 66 (Fallowfield Rd.) Right (west) on Fallowfield to Moodie Dr. Left (south) on Moodie, go past Trail Rd. on your left and Cambrian Rd. on your right until you come to a very large sand & gravel operation on the left (east) side of the road. ***PLEASE NOTE*** - do NOT cross the gate to the sand & gravel operation. This is private property, and most of the birds can be well-viewed from the road.The landfill site is located on Trail Road. There is no access but the gulls can be viewed from Trail Road just south of the main entrance.

A male hybrid Common x Barrow's Goldeneye at Shirley's Bay.

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