Saturday, August 14, 2010

August 13 & 14, 2010 Red-necked Phalarope at Shirley's Bay

This morning, August 13th, I observed 1 juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Shirley's Bay along with 700+ shorebirds mainly juvenile "peeps", 600+ Least and 50+ Semipalmated Sandpiper. There was also a Peregrine Falcon hunting the shorebirds.
Good Birding, Bruce

The birding at Shirley's Bay continues to improve day by day. Today, August 14th, in the morning the Red-necked Phalarope was still present feeding out on the mudflat along with 400+ peeps and a Baird's Sandpiper. There was lots of activity in the raptor family with 1 banded adult Peregrine hunting the shorebirds, 1 Merlin and 2 Bald Eagle (1 ad. and 1 juv). There were still 5 Caspian Terns feeding and resting in the area and 1 American Bittern was seen briefly. At Constance Bay a Great Egret was observed flying down river.
Good Birding, Bruce

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.

Adult Peregrine Falcon on the pursuit.

Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope

Peregrine looking for Breakfast.

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