Sunday, August 21, 2011

August 17, 2011 Birding Shirley's Bay

The shore birding along the Ottawa River at Shirley's Bay continues to improve. Today Ben recorded a nice selection of waders and noted that the water level was still going down producing a good mudflat. He bicycled from Carp to Shirley's Bay with his scope and binoculars! His list included 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 8 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 1 Short-billed Dowitcher, 35+ Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Killdeer, 3 Spotted Sandpiper and 3 Osprey.

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.

A small group of Lesser Yellowlegs feeding.

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