Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4,2013 Ottawa: Brant and scoters on Lake Deschenes

Hi Ontbirders
Today, October 4th, I spent 3 hours birding from Shirley's Bay to Britannia Pier along the Ottawa River at Lake Deschenes. There appeared to have been a small fallout of waterfowl with a number of flocks resting on the river. I counted a total of 146 Brant (4 flocks) , 138 White-winged Scoter (3 flocks) 5 Surf Scoter and 1 male Black Scoter. Other species noted included 27 Red-breasted Merganser, 62 Greater Scaup, 38 Lesser Scaup, 4 Common Goldeneye, 18 American Black Duck, 12 Mallard, 14 Northern Pintail and 7 Green-winged Teal. Also counted 3 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Horned Grebe and 2 Common Loon. I checked later in the afternoon and all the Brant had left along with most of the puddle ducks.
Good birding,

Directions: There are a number of viewing point between Shirley's Bay and Britannia Point. All areas are accessible off Carling Ave.

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