Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 7, 2009 Local birding.

Today, October 7, 2009 birded along the Ottawa River from Shirley's Bay to Britannia. Lots of activity along the river with a noticeable movement of waterfowl including 6 flocks of Northern Pintail totaling 122 birds, 1 White-winged Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 130+ Lesser Scaup, 3 Greater Scaup and 1 Common Goldeneye. There was a good movement of land birds at Britannia including, both Golden-crowned and Ruby crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Winter Wren, Purp[le Finch and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler. At Shirley's Bay the Marbled Godwit was still present and an adult Bald Eagle and a Merlin were observed. At Trail Road Landfill Site 1000's of gulls were observed in flight and at least 7 adult Lesser Black-backed gulls were sighted.

The Moodie Drive pond, Trail Road Landfill Site and the surrounding fields can be a great for studying gulls.

Ruffed Grouse are on the move and can be very tame.

Many are reported in backyards within the city of Ottawa.

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