[Ontbirds] Ottawa area: Long-tailed Jaeger and migrants
Bruce Di Labio
bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Thu Aug 22 19:10:24 EDT 2013
Spent most of the day birding the Ottawa River between Shirley's Bay and Britannia. With good birding weather conditions, intermittent rain and a low cloud ceiling, it was great. The highlight of the day was an adult Long-tailed Jaeger flying west off Andrew Haydon Park harassing a Common Tern at 3:00pm. It continued west up the river and disappear. Other birds of note included earlier in the day included 17 (2 ad., 15 juv.) Bonaparte's Gull off Andrew Haydon Park, 22, (20 ad., 2 juv) Caspian Tern at Deschenes Rapids, 7( 1 ad, 6 juv.) Black Tern at Deschenes Rapids, 1 juv Baird's Sandpiper, 2 juv. Short-billed Dowitcher at Andrew Haydon Park, 1 juv. Stilt Sandpiper at Shirley's Bay, 3 breeding plumage Black-bellied Plover, 8 juv. Semipalmated Plover at Andrew Haydon Park, 2 ad. Bald Eagle at Shirley's Bay along with 1 Great Egret and 1 adult Lesser Back-backed Gull off Britannia Pier
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 causeway. There is lots of POISON IVY along the causeway.
**** PLEASE NOTE**** YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE RANGE CONTROL
OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING THE SHIRLEY'S BAY AREA-- Call (613) 991-5740 and request permission to visit the causeway area for birding.
Directions: From 417 exit at Pinecrest and travel north to Carling Ave. Go east on Carling to Richmond Rd. turn left and next left on Poulin St. Follow north to Britannia Rd. turn right and follow to Cassels Rd.. Turn right and drive to Britannia Point.
Directions: Britannia Pier and Andrew Haydon Park: Both areas are accessible from Carling Ave. west of Carling and Richmond Rd. intersection.
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