Ottawa - Shirleys Bay: Blackpoll Warbler, Common Goldeneye etc.

Tony Beck beck.tony at
Mon Sep 9 16:27:08 EDT 2002

Hi Ontbirders

Birding in Ottawa doesn't seem terribly exciting this fall (with a few
exceptions). However, Shirley's Bay seems to be the spot that consistently
attracts diversity.

Today, shorebird numbers were down considerably compared to August.
However, the two regular Great Egrets gave spendid views.
Four Common Goldeneye, six Lesser Scaup, three Pintail and one Ruddy Duck
were present.
A few warbler flocks were found in the ripirian growth in various places
around the area. Included among them were two Blackpoll and one Tennessee.
Providing much entertainment value, an adult Osprey was observed catching a
large Longnose Gar!

Good Birding (and fishing)

DIRECTIONS TO SHIRLEY'S BAY: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west, turn north
(right) on the Moodie Drive exit. 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 Defence 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. (An alternate route to
the dyke is to walk west along the shoreline of the Ottawa River.)

OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request
permission to visit the dyke area for birding!!!

"Tony Beck" <beck.tony at>

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