Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Arctic Tern, Brant, and Chimney Swift at Britannia Point June 2, 2009

Spent the morning (7:30-11:30am) birding various sites along the Ottawa River between Shirley's Bay and Remic Rapids. The highlight was 4 Arctic Terns off Britannia Point along with 7 Common Tern, 4 Black Tern and 23 Bonaparte's Gull. A flock of 140+ Brant fly over the river heading north and we had an impressive concentration of 400+ Chimney Swifts feeding over the Britannia area and another 150+ over Remic Rapids. At Shirley's Bay 2 female Surf Scoter were observed from the parking lot.

Good birding,


Directions: (from downtown Ottawa): Britannia Point
Take Hwy 417 west to exit #129 (Pinecrest / Greenbank Rds.) then go north on Pinecrest to Richmond Rd. Right (east) on Richmond to Carling Ave. Right on Carling and take the 1st left onto Poulin Ave. Follow Poulin to Britannia Rd.. Right (north) on Britannia to where it ends at Cassels St. Go right (east) on Cassels and take this road right to the very end; park at the gravel area near the public boat launch beside the filtration plant fence.
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. If you require additional information, please email me privately.

**** PLEASE NOTE**** YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE RANGE CONTROL OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

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