Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 16, 2010 Birding at Shirley's Bay.

The birding along the Ottawa River at Shirley's Bay was very good this morning. There were 3 flocks of male Black Scoters totaling 250+ and 2 flocks of Brant 27 and 23 along with 17 White-winged Scoter and 4 Surf Scoter. Also seen were 50+ Redhead, 11 Red-necked Grebe and 7 Horned Grebe. A Gray Jay was observed along the dyke at the first island and was pursued by a male Merlin but got away safely. Good Birding, Bruce

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 dyke. **** PLEASE NOTE**** YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE RANGE CONTROL OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the dyke area for birding.

photo: courtesy of Keith Rimstad

Gray Jays continue to show up along the Ottawa River. This individual was observed along the Shirley's Bay dyke at the first island.

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