Friday, August 24, 2012

August 23, 2012 Long-billed Dowitcher at Shirley's Bay.

Hi Ontbirders

Today August 23, I was at Shirley's Bay. The moulting adult Long-billed Dowitcher was still present today. It was first observed and photographed yesterday. This is the 3rd or 4th Long-billed in the area this August, which is very unusual. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was present this morning but then disappeared. Also present were 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, 15 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 7 Least Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Semipalmated Plover, and 3 Killdeer.

Good Birding, 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 causeway. There is lots of POISON
IVY along the causeway.

OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE SHIRLEY'S BAY AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740and request
permission to visit the causeway area for birding.

The Long-billed Dowitcher is a rare fall migrant in eastern Ontario. Most records are of juvenile plumage birds from early September to late October.

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