Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 28, 2011 Local Birding

Hi Everyone
Still lots of activity along the Ottawa River between Britannia Pier and Shirley's Bay. I observed 5 Common Loon, and 1 Red-throated Loon off the boat launch late afternoon at Shirley's Bay. Also observed 3 Bald Eagles, one hunting gulls at dusk over the river. At Trail Road Landfill Facility this afternoon there were 4 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, one 1st winter Iceland and one 1st winter Glaucous Gull. At the ponds along Moodie Drive 28 Ruddy Ducks were counted.

Good birding, Bruce

Gulls: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 west to Hwy 416. South on the 416 to exit 66 (Fallowfield Rd.) Right (west) on Fallowfield to Moodie Dr. Left (south) on Moodie, go past Trail Rd. on your left and Cambrian Rd. on your right until you come to a very large sand & gravel operation on the left (east) side of the road. ***PLEASE NOTE*** - do NOT cross the gate to the sand & gravel operation. This is private property, and most of the birds can be well-viewed from the road.The landfill site is located on Trail Road. There is no access but the gulls can be viewed from Trail Road just south of the main entrance.

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.

OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the dyke area for birding

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