Today, October 4th, I spent 3 hours birding from Shirley's Bay
to Britannia Pier along the Ottawa River at Lake Deschenes. There appeared to
have been a small fallout of waterfowl with a number of flocks resting on the
river. I counted a total of 146 Brant (4 flocks) , 138 White-winged Scoter (3
flocks) 5 Surf Scoter and 1 male Black Scoter. Other species noted included 27
Red-breasted Merganser, 62 Greater Scaup, 38 Lesser Scaup, 4 Common Goldeneye,
18 American Black Duck, 12 Mallard, 14 Northern Pintail and 7 Green-winged Teal.
Also counted 3 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Horned Grebe and 2 Common Loon. I checked
later in the afternoon and all the Brant had left along with most of the puddle
Directions: There are a number of
viewing point between Shirley's Bay and Britannia Point. All areas are
accessible off Carling Ave.