Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 19 , 2010 Red Knots at Shirley's Bay

The shorebird watching continues to improve along the Ottawa River at Shirley's Bay. Did a quick check early this afternoon (after a few late morning showers) and observed 12 species of shorebirds. There were around 160+ shorebirds including 6 adult Red Knot in worn breeding plumage which were on the far side of the mudflat, resting. Also present were 3 Stilt Sandpiper, 1 Short-billed Dowitcher, 80+ Semipalmated Sandpiper, 48 Lesser Yellowlegs, 11 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 9 Least Sandpiper, 3 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Killdeer,8 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Wilson's Snipe and 2 American Woodcock along the trail. There were 5 Great Egret and 15+ Great Blue Heron feeding in the bay.

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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