Friday, August 27, 2010

August 22, 2010 Birding Shirley's Bay to Britannia

Spent the morning birding between Shirley's Bay and Britannia. Overall it was somewhat quiet with few shorebirds. At Shirley's Bay an adult Peregrine was harassing the few shorebirds along with a Northern Harrier. Still a good number of Great Egrets 10+ and 2 Caspian Tern. At Britannia/Mud Lake I had 2 Red Crossbills in the White Pines and an adult Snow Goose (white morph) off Britannia Point. There was a good movement of Bobolinks overhead this morning. You could hear them calling as them flew over in small groups. Also, observed 100+ Bobolink along Murphy Side Road just east of Second Line Rd. Yesterday morning, Aug. 21st, there was 1 juv. Stilt sandpiper at Shirley's Bay. 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. **** PLEASE NOTE**** YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE RANGE CONTROL OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

Great Egret in flight at Shirley's Bay.

A Snow Goose at Deschenes Lookout was a surprise.

The Snow goose is a rare summer visitor to eastern Ontario.

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