Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 2, 2010 Caspian Terns at Shirley's Bay

Today, August 2nd, 2010, my son Ben and I observed 13 Caspian Tern along the Shirley's Bay dyke between the first and second island. The main bulk of the birds were resting on exposed rocks to the NE of the second island. This is a record high count for the Ottawa District. Normally 1 or 2 birds are seen but not flocks! Also, numerous were flying and feeding around the same general area. 15 Common Tern were also observed within the Shirley's Bay area. At the base of the dyke, we saw 84 juv. Least Sandpiper, 3 juv. Lesser Yellowlegs, and 14 ad. Semipalmated Plover. A dark female Merlin was harassing the shorebirds. And thank you Nicholas von Maltzahn for telling us about the birds out on the dyke.
Good Birding, Bruce and Ben

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.

1 comment:

Arthur Goldsmith said...

Hey Bruce. A friend and I saw one of the Caspian Terns, 2 Great Egrets, Blue and Green Winged Teal, Greater and Lesser Yellow-Legs, and hundreds of Peeps. Attempting to differentiate the Peeps on the basis of leg colour was very frustrating. But it appeared to us that a majority of the birds were Semipalmated, and a few were Least. Looking at colours and Breast-streaking etc. didn't help a lot. This was August 4th (AM). Could the numbers have reversed to that extent overnight, or are we missing a critical fieldmark? Thanks (Art Goldsmith of the Macnamara FNC)