Favourite places to bird in Eastern Ontario
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Favourite places to bird in Eastern Ontario

Kin Lau

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I guess if I asked for it, I should at least make a post :)

I've been birding in Eastern Ontario for the last few years as I visit family, and there are a few very good spots. Now that I'll be moving there in a few weeks, I'd thought I start by sharing a few of the places I often go to.

For warblers, the Brittania area right in Ottawa is very good in spring and fall. Access is very easy, and the best area is often right next to the road. There's also a pair of GHO's that sometimes sit near the road in the winter.

In Constance Bay, just 30-45 min's west of Ottawa, there's a family of Red Headed Woodpeckers that have nested successfully for years, and is often fairly easy to find. There are also Sedge Wrens, grassland birds like Grasshopper, Clay-colored Sparrows and Upland Sandpipers.

In the winter time, there's several areas right around Ottawa with Snowy Owls, Northern Hawk Owls and Great Grey Owls. The NHO last year was right in a residential neighborhood.

In late summer early fall, the Ottawa Beach area aka Andrew Haydon Park is often host to some good sandpipers. We had a Red Knot stick around for a week one September.

Further to the south east, near Cornwall is the Cooper Marsh in Lancaster. This marsh is _very_ good for Green Herons.

I'm looking forward to some year round birding in the Ottawa region. There's a few birds/events I'd like to see like the annual Snow Goose migration, sometimes in the range of 100,000 or so. The Brant migration goes right thru the Ottawa river, as do the Arctic Terns.

The nesting Kirtland's Warblers in CFB Petawawa is off-limits, but maybe we'll get some passing thru Ottawa on their way to the Barbados :)

Hope to see some of you in Ottawa some time.

For some good info and birding guides to the Ottawa region, check out Larry Neily's pages http://ca.geocities.com/larry.neily@rog ... dguide.htm .
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 pm by Kin Lau »


Misty01

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Kin,

It's sad to loose you to the east, but I can't wait to see your photo's.
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« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 pm by Misty01 »


The Observer

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I second that! I'm sad to see you go but hope we, back in TO, continue to learn through your wonderful input and insights.

All the very best to you!
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Tyler

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Hello Kin

Going to miss you at the marsh. However we should meet up in April and watch the 80,000 Snow Geese around lancaster ON or even drive the extra 90 mins to watch the 300,000 Snow geese lift off at Dawn at baie de fabre Quebec (probably spelt it wrong).
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Kin Lau

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The snow geese is definitely going to be one of the highlights.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 pm by Kin Lau »