[Ontbirds]Ottawa - Arctic Terns

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Sun May 27 15:30:54 EDT 2007

Hello Ontbirds people,

Today, 27 May, between 08:30 and 11:30, 2 ARCTIC TERNS were observed on the Ottawa River below the Deschenes rapids behind the Britannia water purification plant. They were discovered by m. obs including Bernie Ladouceur, Bob Cermak, Jan Slumkoski, Kim Zbitnew (08:30) and then seen by Bob Bracken, Chris Lewis & Paul Mirsky (11:00 - 11:30). At least 1 was still present and actively fishing when we left.

This occurred during moderate NE winds and spitting rain.

Also present were 2 Common Terns (NOT associating with the Arctic Terns), 31 Bonaparte's Gulls and 100's of Ring-billed Gulls which were hawking for mayflies (Ephemeroptera spp.). A massive emergence of these insects has been occurring here over the past week.


In Ottawa, look for Britannia Rd. which runs north off Carling Ave. or Richmond Rd., west of Woodroffe Ave.  Take Britannia Rd. north to where it ends at Cassels St.  Turn right (east) on Cassels and proceed to the end (keeping left) past the purification plant.  There is a small gravel boat launch where you can park and view the river.

Good birding,
Chris Lewis & Bob Bracken
Ottawa, ON
hagenius at primus.ca

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