Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010 Fall migration along the Ottawa River

Shorebird migration continues throughout the Ottawa area with lots of juvenile shorebirds. Saw my first juv. Baird's Sandpiper of the fall at Constance Bay this evening. There was a small fallout of shorebirds due to the brief heavy rain shower at 5:30pm. Around 150+ shorebirds mainly juv. Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs and a flock of 18 ad. Semipalmated Plover. The Red-headed Woodpeckers are still present at the old burn site and fledged 4 young. This is the 9 consecutive year. Early during the day birdied the Moodie Drive ponds and had 12 Ruddy Duck, 4 Redhead, 26 Pied-billed Grebe and 10 juvenile Bonaparte's Gull.
Good Birding, Bruce

Directions: Shirley's Bay: 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.

Please review OFO's Ethical Birding Principles and (RHWO). Please do not use IPods/CD/tapes to call the bird out. The area is small, but you do require patience.

Constance Bay:
RHWP: From Ottawa travel west bound on Hwy. 417 to the March Rd./Eagleson Road and exit right onto March Rd. Follow to Dunrobin Road and turn right continuing northwest through Woodlawn. At the hill turn right onto Constance Bay Rd following it for approx. 1.5 km. Turn left on Allbirch Road and drive 1.3 km to the " T " intersection. Turn left on Bishop Davis Drive and then right on Bayview Drive. Follow Bayview Drive to Ritchie St. Turn right and go a short distance to Whistler Rd. Turn left and drive .3 km and watch for a gate on the right. The trail through the burn area is opposite the gate. Parking is limited.

Juvenile Least Sandpiper

Juvenile Least Sandpiper

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper

Adult Pectoral Sandpiper

Juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs

Flock of juvenile Leeser Yellowslegs and Pectoral Sandpiper for size comparison.

Record low water levels along the Ottawa River at Deschenes Rapids.

The Constance Bay/Ottawa River area has extensive mud/sand flats which are great for shorebird groundings during heavy rains. .

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