Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18,2015 Eastern Ontario rarities update

Hi Everyone

Since my son Ben has been away at university in New Brunswick this fall and missed all the excitement, I picked him up at the Ottawa airport at 7:50a.m. and we spent the day searching for the local goodies. Before leaving Ottawa for Fredericton, Ben’s Ottawa Life list was at 299. Our first stop was the female Mountain Bluebird, which was present along the fence line at the intersection of Century Road and Goodstown Road at 8:40a.m.

Our next stop, Pakenham, produced the Bullock’s Oriole along the old railway bed and it spent most of its time in the vegetation to the south. We did not see it visit its favorite tree.

The final destination was east of Casselman for the Pink-footed Goose. There were no geese along Lafleche Road so we worked our way towards Moose Creek and located a large concentration of Snow Geese along Eighth Road just north of Moose Creek. After a while of scanning the flock we spotted the Pink-footed Goose. There were 10,000 Snow Goose and more sizable flocks arriving. The best viewing location was north of 16182 Eighth Road. The mass of Snow Geese were visible from the road and viewing conditions were great.

Good luck,

Bruce and Ben

Directions: Mountain Bluebird: Take Hwy 416 south or north to Exit 57. West on Brophy to Eagleson and south on Eagleson/McCordick to Century Rd.. West on Century to intersection of Goodstown.

Directions: Bullock’s Oriole: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 west to Kinburn Side Road. After exiting turn left and follow to CR 29. Turn left and as you enter the village of Pakenham watch for Waba Road on your right.  Turn right and then left on Dalkeith St.

Directions: Pink-footed Goose: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 east past Casselman and exit at #58 south on Hwy 138. Follow south to Norman Dr. Turn right and continue west and Norman changes into Valley St. Follow to Eight Road and turn right continue to 16182 8th but watch for Snow Geese anywhere in the fields.

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