[Ontbirds]Cattle Egret & other brids- sewage lagons east of Ottawa

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Thu Oct 5 21:18:14 EDT 2006


Hello Ontbirds people,

The CATTLE EGRET 1st discovered on Oct. 3rd at a farm north of the Casselman
sewage lagoons was still present all day today (seen by various people
including Bob Bracken, Bob Cermak, Paul Mirsky, Paul Schoeing and myself)
until at least 5:30 pm, even after a change in the weather with overnight
temperatures near 0 degrees C. and sometimes strong northwest winds. The
bird was seen in the farmyard with the horses immediately opposite the
walkway between the two lagoon cells and seemed quite content. Also present
in the 1st cell of the lagoons were a juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (1st
reported yesterday by Tom Hanrahan and still present today) and at least 80
Ruddy Ducks along with 10 Common Goldeneye, several Ring-necked Ducks.  Two
Surf Scoters were also here on the 4th.

At the St. Albert lagoons today there were at least 200 AMERICAN GOLDEN
PLOVERS, flying restlessly ("zuguhruhe") and occasionally settling in the
field immediately north of the entrance to the lagoons.

DIRECTIONS: (*NOTE - THESE SEWAGE LAGOONS ARE DESIGNATED AS PRIVATE
PROPERTY, SO IF YOU CHOOSE TO VISIT EITHER LOCATION, PLEASE BE DISCREET AND
RECOGNIZE THAT THESE ARE MUNICIPAL FACILITIES.

CASSELMAN - Take Hwy 417 east from Ottawa to exit 66 (watch out for
construction and some tricky lane closures from the Embrun though the
Casselman exits!)  At exit 66 turn left (north) and proceed past the Tim
Horton's and the RR tracks. Take Laurier St. (the 2nd right after the RR
tracks) and follow it until you reach Rte 500. Turn right onto Rte. 500. The
laneway to the lagoons comes up immediately on your right.  The property of
Marc Denis (the owner of the farm on which the egret has been enjoying its
sojourn) is at #545 Rte 500.  As previously mentioned, there is no need to
enter the property to see the bird, but Mr. Denis is birder-friendly and if
you check with him at his home he is evidently happy to let people onto his
property until Sat. Oct. 7th).

ST. ALBERT - From exit 66, turn right (south) and follow Cty Rd. #7 right
into the town of St. Albert. Proceed past the cheese factory (if you can
resist!) and look for the sign to the sewage lagoons on your left after the
bridge over the South Nation River - this is opposite a farm with 3 silos.

Good fall birding!
Chris Lewis
Ottawa
hagenius at primus.ca




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