Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler:  Gregory Zbitnew at

August 10, 2017

There were no real highlights this week, although there was a lowlight.
Access to the Shirley’s Bay causeway is gone pending repair of damage due
to the spring’s flood.  This is a real disappointment given that this is
the best area in Ottawa for SHOREBIRDS and WATERBIRDS.

The only consolation to this bad news is that it has been a dry week so
water levels on the Ottawa River have dropped, which is starting to expose
some shoreline, so that there are other places to look.  Other than that,
there have just been a few more signs of migration, and nothing worth

A LESSER SCAUP was at Embrun, along with a good variety of other common
DUCKS and a family of AMERICAN COOT.

Here is the latest SHOREBIRD update:

Embrun:  40 birds of 10 species were seen on the 5th, in the usual limited
habitat. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was the least common species seen.

Andrew Haydon Park: A modest amount of habitat is showing, with small
numbers of common species. The rest of the Ottawa River has only habitat on
the extreme edges of the river.

Almonte: Very limited habitat and only common species.

Carp River Floodplain: An area in Carp seen from Rivington, and a more
extensive area near Terry Fox and Richardson have some good habitat and a
modest number of birds, but so far only common species have been seen.

Petrie Island:  Some habitat is getting exposed near the edge of the marsh
west of the causeway, but only KILLDEER and YELLOWLEGS have been seen

Up to 4 LEAST BITTERN have been seen regularly in Carp on the Carp River.

Britannia, along with other migrant traps, are starting to perk up a bit.
This week, some trips there have had up to 8 species of WARBLER, including
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.  The last bit of news is of a  CAROLINA WREN singing
on Fisher Avenue on the 8th,

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