[Ontbirds] Ottawa area: Long-billed Dowitcher, Baird's Sandpiper and Great Egret

Bruce Di Labio bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Mon Sep 7 18:24:12 EDT 2009

Hello Ontbirders
Today, September 7, 2009 spent a few hours birding various sites west of Ottawa. The water level continues to drop along the Ottawa River and at Shirley's Bay there were 3 Great Egret and 1 Baird's Sandpiper at the base of the dyke. This afternoon I checked a flooded field near a construction site just north-east of Terry Fox Road and Fernbank Road (south Kanata) and had 10 species of shorebirds including a juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher.

Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Shirley's Bay:  From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to the Moodie Drive exit and turn north (right) on  Moodie Drive and continue to Carling Ave. Turn left at Carling Ave. and follow Carling to Rifle Road. Turn right (north) on Rifle Rd. Park at the lot at the end (boat launch).
Walk back to the road, and continue through the gate on the Department of National Defense property. There is a trail on your right (clearly marked with vehicle "No Entry" signs) which heads into the woods, and, eventually to the dyke. There is lots of POISON IVY along the dyke.
OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE DYKE AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request 
permission to visit the dyke area for birding.
Directions: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Eagleson Road exit. Turn south and follow Eagleson Road to Fernbank Rd. and turn right and go to Terry Fox Road. Turn right and watch for flooded field on east side of road.

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