[Ontbirds] American Avocet Ottawa Update

mark gawn gawnbirding at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 22 20:33:32 EDT 2015

The American Avocet spend most of the day feeding on the grassy point at the mouth of Pinecrest Creek, where it was easily viewable from Britannia Point (at the east end of Cassel). Unfortunately, shortly before 8PM two birdwatchers flushed the bird when they walked through the marsh, then compounded their error by standing at the site for 15 minutes, thus ensuring that the bird did not circle back to resume its spot. The actions of these two birdwatchers directly contradicted the OFO code of ethics by disturbing the natural behaviour of the bird, and may well have denied others the chance to see this great bird. If the bird returns, and lets hope it does, please do not access the site via the creek; perfectly good, if distant views, can be had from Britannia Point.  		 	   		  

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