Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 10, 2011 Gulls on the move south.

Hi Everyone
Spent a couple of hours viewing gulls at the Trail Road Landfill site late yesterday afternoon. Lots of activity both in the landfill and the ponds along Trail Road and Moodie Drive. Viewing conditions were excellent and I observed 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull (various ages), 2 Iceland Gull, 1 Thayer's Gull and 1 Glaucous Gull. There were hundreds of Herring gull present and 65+ Great black-backed Gull. Also 1000's of Canada Geese in the surrounding area plus 150+ Snow Geese. Earlier in the day I counted 103 Sandhill Cranes along Smith road near Milton Road.
Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Gulls: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 west to Hwy 416. South on the 416 to exit 66 (Fallowfield Rd.) Right (west) on Fallowfield to Moodie Dr. Left (south) on Moodie, go past Trail Rd. on your left and Cambrian Rd. on your right until you come to a very large sand & gravel operation on the left (east) side of the road. ***PLEASE NOTE*** - do NOT cross the gate to the sand & gravel operation. This is private property, and most of the birds can be well-viewed from the road.The landfill site is located on Trail Road. There is no access but the gulls can be viewed from Trail Road just south of the main entrance. Directions: Cranes: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 east to exit 96 . Go north for 2 km on Boundary Road to Russell Road (Regional 26). Turn right onto Russell and drive 3.5 km to Milton Road (Regional 31). Turn left on Milton Road and go about 5 km and turn left on Smith Road.

Sandhill Cranes staging along Smith Road off of Milton Road.

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