Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 13, 2012 Red-headed Woodpeckers at Constance Bay.

At least one adult Red-headed Woodpecker was present at the "old burn site" at Constance Bay. This is the 11th consecutive year the Red-headed Woodpecker at this site. Hopefully another adult will soon arrive. The majority of the dead trees, mainly popular have now fallen but there are still a number of suitable nesting cavities.  This is still one of the few breeding locations that remain in the Ottawa district. Since June 2002 the woodpeckers have been successful every summer raising a family. 

Directions: Constance Bay: RHWP: 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 left
on 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. Please review the birding code of ethics. 

The Red-headed Woodpeckers are back for the 11th consecutive year. 

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