[Ontbirds]Ottawa - Snowy Egret update

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Tue Apr 26 19:27:46 EDT 2005

Hello Ontbirders,

The Snowy Egret is still present, with a few interesting developments
reported by Jack Romanow, and Ken Garrett & Lois Knaggs.

On the 25th (Jack) and 26th (Ken & Lois) observed the egret on the
partially-submerged gravel bar at the north end of Dow's Lake near the Dow's
Lake Pavilion - this is the 1st time it has been reported north of the
Arboretum.  Also, since its discovery on April 19th, the bird has been
frequently reported as "disappearing to the south", i.e. flying off and not
seen beyond the Hartwell Locks at Carleton University...Ken & Lois may have
solved the mystery of this "frequently disappearing" egret.  After they
watched the bird disappear to the south today ~10:00 AM, they went to the
Billings Bridge area along the Rideau River to check out the "duck
place"(where many Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls and sometimes other duck spp's
hang out)...and there was the Snowy Egret!...and why not? Good habitat &
good fishing here. Also this may be the longest time that a Snowy Egret has
spent in Ottawa.


DOW'S LAKE - from Hwy 417 in Ottawa, take the Parkdale Ave. exit #122 and go
south on Parkdale, then left (east) on Carling Ave.  Follow Carling down the
hill to Preston St./Prince of Wales Dr. Turn right (south) on Prince of
Wales and proceed to the traffic circle, keeping left, then immediately
right into the parking lot at the Arboretum (free parking for 90 minutes).
Walk down to the canal (the Dow's Lake Pavilion is obvious to the south of
this location).

BILLINGS BRIDGE - from the Arboretum, get back onto Prince of Wales and head
south, turn left (east) on Heron Rd. and proceed east to Riverside Dr.
Continuing east on Riverside, you'll pass the Billings Bridge Shopping
Centre on your right. The "duck place" is immediately across from the
shopping centre.  Free parking also at this location.

Good birding,
Chris Lewis
hagenius at primus.ca

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