Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birding along the Ottawa River from Shirley's Bay to Remic Rapids. September 23,2009

This evening Ben and I birded along the Ottawa River and observed 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls mainly at Deschenes Rapids, 5 ad., 2 3rd.year and 1 first winter. There were also 250+ Great Black-backed Gulls, mainly adults. At Shirley's Bay 1 Marbled Godwit, 4 Long-billed Dowitcher, 2 Am. Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin and both Virginia and Sora rail were observed.
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 DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request
permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

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