Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 17, 2012 More birding along the Ottawa River

Ben and I spent a few hours birding along the Ottawa River today between Britannia and Shirley's Bay. We sighted 7 Whimbrel heading south west over the river and observed activity in the 2 Great Egret nests at Deschenes Rapids. At Shirley's Bay there were a variety  of shorebirds including 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Semipalmated Plover and a small group of Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper.
A flock of 20+ Gadwall were noted resting on the exposed rocks off the end of the causeway.
Good birding, Bruce and 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 causeway.

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

Caspian Tern fishing at Shirley's Bay

Low water levels at Shirley's Bay.

Greater Yellowlegs feeding.

Size camparison of Greater Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpiper.

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