I spent a couple of hours this morning birding along the
Ottawa River between Deschenes Rapids and Remic Rapids. It was very cold with a
wind chill of
-20c but the birding was good. I observed one of the immature
male Harlequin Ducks off Bate Island. At Deschenes Rapids off Britannia Point
there was a Common Loon, one of my few January observations in Ottawa over the
past 40+ years. Other interesting waterfowl included 1 Bufflehead, 1 Greater
Scaup, 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Red-breasted Merganser. Also had
2 small groups of Bohemian Waxwings, 25+ and 40+ near the Champlain Bridge.
Good birding, Bruce
Directions: Bate Island is located along the
Champlain Bridge. From Hwy.417 take the Island Park Drive north to the bridge.
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