[Ontbirds] Marbled Godwit (Shirley's Bay) Brian Young

Brian Young brian-young at storm.ca
Sat Oct 3 22:25:04 EDT 2009

Hello All,


I spent a couple of hours watching the Marbled Godwit and other shorebirds
on the mudflats behind the Connaught Firing Range today. Other than taking
short flights and always returning back to the same approx. area, it seems
quite content with its surroundings. Other birds on the mudflat were Greater
and Lesser Yellowlegs, Silts, Solitary Sandpipers and one Black-bellied
Plover with a flock of Green-winged Teals. Along the path leading to the
dike there were two Ruffed Grouse and one Winter Wren. There also  a steady
movement of Golden-crowned Kinglets along the trail.





Directions given by Bruce Di Labio:


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.


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