[Ontbirds]Red-headed Woodpecker, Upland Sandpiper, Constance Bay
halljp at rogers.com
Mon May 26 09:07:12 EDT 2008
On the weekend, I visited the Constance Bay area on the Ottawa River west of Ottawa. At the corner of the turn into Constance Bay from the Dunrobin Road, a single Upland Sandpiper was in the field on the right foraging in the grass. At the same location, Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks were present.
In Constance Bay itself at the burnt area a single male Red-headed Woodpecker was drilling and calling from the tops of the many dead trees at the site. Also at the site were a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Hairy Woodpecker and a Northern Flicker.
Directions from Neily World Birding: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 138 (Eagleson/March Roads). If travelling west, the 0.6 km offramp sends you right or north onto March Road. If driving east, a 0.4 km offramp brings you to Eagleson Road, where you will turn left or north onto it and in 0.5 km join the westbound offramp traffic on March Road (it changed names as you went under the overpass). Now follow March Road northwest 8.0 km to Dunrobin Road. Turn right or north onto Dunrobin and go northwest 15.5 km to Constance Bay Road. Turn right or northeast on it to Allbirch Road and then turn left to Bishop Davis Road. Turn left here and follow along Bayview parallel to Buckham's Bay to Richie Road. Right again and then left on Whistler leads into the burnt area.
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