Monday, January 5, 2009

Ottawa: N.Hawk-Owl, Iceland & Glaucous Gulls

The Northern Hawk-Owl continues to hunt along Grandview Road off Carling Ave.

There were a few small flocks of both Pine Siskin and White-winged Crossbills feeding in the spruce and cedar trees along Grandview.

At the corner of Rifle Road and Carling Ave a Northern Shrike was observed along with 1 dark morph Rough-legged Hawk and 200+ Snow Bunting.

In the Woodroffe Ave/Iris St. area 150+ White-winged Crossbills were observed feeding in the neighborhood spruce trees.

Along Moodie Drive near Carling Ave., there was a flock of 150+ Bohemian Waxwing.

A stop at the Trail Road Landfill Site off Moodie Drive near Cambrian Road produced 16 Glaucous and 7 Iceland Gulls along with 150+ Great Black-Backed and 70 Herring Gull.

First Winter Iceland Gull at Trail Road Landfill.
Photo taken in late November 2008.

Good birding,

Directions: Northern Hawk-Owl (Ottawa): From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Moodie Drive exit #134. Go north to Carling Ave. and turn left. Watch for Grandview Road on your right. Follow to the end and turn left on Hastings Str. and park. If you require additional information, please email me privately.

Directions: Gulls (Trail Road Landfill Site): 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.

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