[Ontbirds]Eurasian Widgeon, Carolina Wren - Ottawa
lsir at sympatico.ca
Wed Jun 25 20:28:04 EDT 2008
I just returned from the Moodie Dr pond where I saw a male Eurasian
Widgeon in breeding plumage, feeding in company of 5 or 6 American
Widgeons and 4 Gadwalls. These birds could be seen standing along the
fence a few meters left of the small parking area.
Also present on the pond were a male Redhead (which I believe was
reported earlier), a male Ring-necked Duck, 8 or 9 Ruddy Ducks,
Green-winged Teals and numerous other more common ducks. All the
birds wee seen from outside the small parking area ouside the fence.
This morning a Carolina Wren was very vocal on Weyburn street in the
Riverview area; it could also be heard from other streets in the area.
Directions to the Moodie Dr. pond, courtesy of Neily World Birding
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 416 take exit 66
(Fallowfield Road). If southbound, a 0.4 km offramp dumps onto
Fallowfield, where you will turn right or west. If northbound, the 0.4
km offramp brings you to Fallowfield, where you will turn left or west
onto it and in 0.5 km join the southbound offramp traffic. Both groups
will now follow Fallowfield Road west for an additional 0.4 km to
reach Moodie Drive. Turn left or southeast onto Moodie Drive and go
5.3 km, passing Cambrian Road to reach the quarries (second gate on
the left). Park along the side of the road without blocking the
Warning: This site is private property and is an active quarry.
Because of liability concerns the pit operators do not allow access
during working hours. Trucks and machinery operate here on workdays,
so please don't block the roads into the quarry. At such times,
limited birding can be accomplished from the roadside, which overlooks
the pond, especially with a good scope.
Directions to Wayburn St.: From the 417, exit at Vanier
Parkway-Riverside Dr.; go South on Riverside Dr a few hundred meters
and turn left on Industrial Ave, then right on Neighbourhoood Way
(just passed Alta Vista Dr, left again on Coronation (0.2 km), and
right on Weyburn (0.8 km).
Good night and good birding.
Langis Sirois, Ottawa
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