[Ontbirds] California Gull east of Castleman

Jeff Skevington jhskevington at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 14:08:53 EST 2012

Good afternoon,

I ran into Rob Pinilla at the Varied Thrush site east of Ottawa and we
wandered out to the Castleman area birding.  The Lafleche LeBlanc Dump
was excellent for gulls. The highlight was a near immaculate adult
California Gull (nearly completely white head, clearly heading into
breeding plumage; legs were not yet jazzed up as bright as they will
get but a very nice bird). There were at least 27 Glaucous Gulls, 20+
Iceland Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 200+
Great Black-backed Gulls and 1000 American Herring Gulls loafing in
the field east of the dump from 10 to 11:30 am. To reach the dump take
the 417 east of Ottawa to Hwy 138. Exit and go south to Allaire Road.
Turn right (west) and follow your nose (~1km to the dump). We asked,
and birders are not welcome on the dump property.

Also in the area were 3 Gray Partridge at the intersection of
Concession 20 and St. Rose Roa and Lapland Longspurs at the dump and
scattered around the local roadsides. This is a good area for Snowy
Owls as well if you decide to visit.

The Varied Thrush is also still present at 988 Calypso east of
Limoges. Directions: exit the 417 at Limoges and go north, turn right
on Concession 3 (=300 = Calypso), about 1/2kilometre from the 417, and
drive about 8 kilometres East to 988.

Good birding,


Jeff Skevington, Research Scientist
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Avenue, K.W. Neatby Building
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C6, Canada
Phone: 613-759-1647
E-mail: jhskevington at gmail.com or jeffrey.skevington at agr.gc.ca

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