Monday, April 25, 2011

April 24, 2011 Upland Sandpiper at Constance Bay

This afternoon enroute to Constance Bay, Ben spotted a Upland Sandpiper near the corner of Dunrobin Road and Constance Bay Drive. This area has been good for Upland Sandpiper for the past decade or so. The bird was on the north side Constance Bay Drive after you turn right off Dunrobin Road. Like many grassland species, the Upland Sandpiper has become a scarce bird locally due to habitat loss. The male Red-bellied Woodpecker was present at the Old Burn site but no Red-headed woodpeckers yet.

Directions: Constance Bay: RBWP: From Ottawa travel west bound on Hwy. 417 to the March Rd./Eagleson Road and exit right onto March Rd. Follow to Dunrobin Road and turn right continuing northwest through Woodlawn. At the hill turn right onto Constance Bay Rd following it for approx. 1.5 km. Turn left on Allbirch Road and drive 1.3 km to the " T " intersection. Turn lefton Bishop Davis Drive and then right on Bayview Drive. Follow Bayview Drive to Ritchie St. Turn right and go a short distance to Whistler Rd. Turn left and drive .3 km and watch for a gate on the right. The trail through the burn area is opposite the gate. Parking is limited.

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker at "old burn site" at Constance Bay.

A female Hairy Woodpecker at nest site.

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