Ottawa: Lesser Black-backed Gulls
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Fri Sep 12 10:22:25 EDT 2003
Yesterday evening, September 11th I birded along the Ottawa River,
Lake Deschenes between Shirleys Bay and Deschenes Rapids. The viewing
conditions were excellent and the water was calm. From the Shirleys Bay
boat launch area I observed 11 Lesser Blacked Gulls resting on the water
with a few thousand Herring and Ring-billed Gulls and a 22 Great
Black-backed Gulls.. The Lesser Black-backed Gulls were all adults in
various stages of molt. With water levels lower along the river
Deschenes Rapids had more exposed rocks and there were 3 more Lesser
Black-backed Gulls (1 ad., 1 3rd. yr. and 1 first winter) along with 175
Great Black-backed Gulls resting on the rocks. A total of 250
Double-crested Cormorants were also counted.
Bruce Di Labio
400 Donald B. Munro Drive
(613)839-4395 Home (613)715-2571 Cell
Shirleys Bay: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west, to the Moodie Drive exit.
Go north to Carling Ave. Turn left at Carling and follow Carling to
Rifle Road (formerly Range Rd.) Turn right (north) onto Rifle Rd. Park
at the boat launch. Walk the road going west until you pass the DND
gate. A trail on your right heads into the woods and leads to the dyke.
Lois Ave. is on your right as you travel north on Rifle before you reach
the first parking lot.
****PLEASE NOTE**** YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE RANGE CONTROL
OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and ask
whether it is possible to visit the dyke for birding.
Bruce DiLabio <bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca>
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