Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012 Shirley's Bay birding.

The birding at Shirley's Bay continues to change as the water levels to drop. Ben and I birded the area during the mid day heat and had a nice variety of birds. The shorebird numbers were low with 4 adult Greater Yellowlegs, 14 adult Semipalmated Sandpiper, 2 adult Least Sandpiper along with 20+ Spotted Sandpiper and 16 Killdeer. There were 18 Great Blue Heron, mainly juveniles and 3 Great Egrets. With the low water levels we counted 27 Common Tern including 3 juvenile, 1 Caspian Tern and 1 early juvenile Bonaparte's Gull resting on the exposed rocks off the end of the causeway.
Good Birding, Bruce and Ben

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 CAUSEWAY AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

A juvenile Bonaparte's Gull resting on the exposed rocks off the Shirley's Bay causeway.

A Great Blue Heron takes advantage of the low water levels along the Ottawa river.

A female Hooded Merganser with young.

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