Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010 Whimbrel and p.m. visit.

The shorebird watching at Shirley's Bay was good this morning. Ben and I observed 1 Whimbrel feeding on the mudflat, 2 Wilson's Phalarope and 14 Baird's Sandpiper. An immature Bald Eagle was seen as well as 10+ Great Egret. I visited Shirley's Bay again at 6:00p.m. without Ben, he had a soccer game near Kanata. The birding was great with the Whimbrel still present and a good variety of shorebirds including 7 adult Black-bellied Plover, 3 Pectoral Sandpiper, 18 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Dunlin, my first of the fall and the 2 Wilson's Phalarope. During Ben's soccer game he observed 25 Common Nighthawk!
Good Birding, Bruce & 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.

The Whimbrel is a rare fall migrant throughout eastern Ontario

Most observations in the fall are single birds southbound.

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