Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 15, 2010 Shorebirding in the rain.

Despite the heavy rains, thunder and lightning shorebird watching was great this morning at Shirley's Bay. We had a small fallout of shorebirds with a total of 16 species. Highlights included 1 Whimbrel flying over calling and circling but continued south, 2 flocks of adult Black-bellied Plover (14 and 9), 13 adult Ruddy Turnstone, 17 adult Sanderling, 1 juv. Baird's Sandpiper, 1 Short-billed Dowitcher and 1 juv. Red-necked Phalarope. At least 8 Great Egrets and 5 Caspian Terns were feeding in the bay. At late afternoon check added another Whimbrel.
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.

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