[Ontbirds] Arctic Tern at Britannia Filtration plant in Ottawa

Jeff Skevington jhskevington at gmail.com
Tue May 29 19:47:06 EDT 2012

Hi Ontbirders,

My first Arctic Tern of the season showed up today during the intense
thunderstorm activity this afternoon. I went down to the river at
4:30pm during the storm and was not disappointed. The Arctic Tern was
there for about 10 minutes until the rain let up and then it appeared
to continue on with its migration. There were a few Common Terns
around as usual, and about 24 Bonaparte's Gulls and a small flock of
Black-bellied Plovers that came down during the storm.

To get there, get onto Britannia Road (near the intersection of
Carling and Richmond). Follow this to the end and turn right on
Cassel's Street. Go to the end and park in the little gravel lot near
the filtration plant. The terns are usually near the base of the
rapids but today the Arctic landed with a Common on a little rock
island to the right as you are standing on the shore.


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
FAX: 613-759-1927
E-mail: jhskevington at gmail.com or jeffrey.skevington at agr.gc.ca

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