[Ontbirds] Ottawa: Red-necked Phalaropes and Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Sat Sep 11 20:43:08 EDT 2010
Spent an hour at Deschenes Rapids watching the gulls coming into roost along the Ottawa River. There was lots of activity with 210+ Great Black-backed Gull, 11 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 2 Red-necked Phalarope feeding below the rapids near Britannia Point. Also counted 7 Common Nighthawk and 85+ Wood Duck. No egrets were observed.
Good Birding, Bruce
Directions courtesy Larry Neily ( http://www.neilyworld.com/ ):
Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 129 (Greenbank & Pinecrest Roads). If travelling west, the 0.3 km offramp dumps you right or north onto Pinecrest Road. If driving east, a 0.3 km offramp brings you to Pinecrest/Greenbank Road, where you will turn left or north onto Pinecrest Road and in 0.4 km join the westbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow Pinecrest Road north 0.8 km from here to Richmond Road. Turn right or northeast onto Richmond and go 0.5 km, crossing Carling Avenue, to Poulin Avenue. Turn left or north onto Poulin and go 0.6 km to where a right only turn puts you on Howe Street. Follow Howe west 0.2 km to Britannia Road. Turn right
or north onto Britannia Road and proceed 0.8 km to Cassels Street. The Britannia Yacht Club is directly in front of you. Park along Cassels Street. You will have to proceed on foot through the Yacht Club gate, walk 200 metres east past the barrier and 150 metres north to the Deschênes Rapids - Ontario. To view the area below the rapids proceed east along Cassels to the Y junction and bear left to go behind the filtration plant. Britannia Point and a good view of the swirling flock can be had here.
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