Friday, October 30, 2009

October 21- 25, 2009 Ottawa Area Birding

Northern gulls are on the move south. On October 21st, birded the Moodie Drive pond and Trail Road Landfill Site and observed 1 Iceland and 1 Glaucous both 1st winter plumage. There were a good number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the area, 16 in total. Most were adults but there were a few 3rd year birds. Also noted a general increase in Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. At Andrew Haydon Park the 3 Brant were still present on the west pond and a flock of 25+ flew over heading south. Also observed a Northern Shrike near the corner of Barnsdale and Cedarview Road. Diving ducks numbers are also up with 400+ Ring-necked Duck, 150 Hooded Merganser, 100+ Common Goldeneye, all 3 scoter and a few Long-tailed duck along the Ottawa River between Champlain Bridge and Shirley's Bay. Good birding, Bruce

Directions: 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.

On October 24th, spent the morning birding the Ottawa River from Shirley's Bay to Remic Rapids. There were 200+ male Black Scoter off Andrew Haydon Park along with a few small flocks of White-winged and Surf Scoter. At Remic Rapids I observed a male Barrow's Goldeneye in the rapids, likely one of our regular wintering birds for the past 5 years. Also noted this morning was a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and both Horned and Red-necked Grebe off AHP. Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Barrow's Goldeneye: Remic Rapids can be reached by taking Parkdale Ave. north from Hwy. 417 in Ottawa to the Western Parkway. Follow parkway west to Remic Rapids lookout and park. The Barrow's can be viewed from the cement lookout.

Great Black-backed Gulls are becoming a common sight in fields. I observed 120+ along Corkstown Road on October 25th.

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1 comment:

Chris Bruce said...

Thanks for reporting reporting this Barrow's Goldeneye. I went out an hour after you reported this and was able to find this Barrow's associating with a pair of Common Goldeneyes just to the west of the cement lookout. That was my first male Barrow's Goldeneye!