Shirleys Bay & Andrew Haydon Park

Monday, October 8th

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

A nice morning of birding in Ottawa’s west end! Overall, bird diversity and numbers of individuals were low, but we had a pleasant surprise right off the bat. As clients very well know, Fall migration offers up many surprises. This morning, a male Red-bellied Woodpecker flew to the tree beside just as we were about to take to a side trail. Red-bellied Woodpeckers are scarce finds in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and are rare fall migrants, meaning they are reportable to bird report hot lines. Many birders were soon out to “chase” this bird, but unfortunately, it was not refound. We also found a roadside Vesper Sparrow, which, here in the Ottawa area, becomes a scarce find by Thanksgiving weekend, and a rare find by late October. Species’ checklists below…

eBird Checklists

Shirleys Bay — Dyke: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49060487

Andrew Haydon Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49060485

Moodie Pond (N of Cambrian): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49060483

Moodie Quarry Pond: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49060478