Shirleys Bay & Andrew Haydon Park

Monday, October 8: A morning outing spent enjoying the great variety of fall migrants typically observed at this site. With the low river level this fall, mudflats are present, meaning many shorebird species are possible this morning. Uncommon mid-fall shorebirds, such as Hudsonian Godwit and Long-billed Dowitcher, may be among the expect Dunlins and Pectoral Sandpipers. We should also expect a nice haul of ducks, grebes, Common Loons, late-season warblers, thrushes and sparrows.

Outing notes: To access the dyke at Shirleys Bay, you must be an OFNC member. You must also be on the OFNC membership list which was given to the DND. Please be sure to pack snacks, a warm beverage of your choice, some liquids, electrolyte mix, sunscreen, windbreaker, comfortable clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and so on. It’s a good idea to pack light gloves, a scarf and a toque at this time of year, as well, as it’s often quite blustery.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: I am open to organizing a sit-down lunch at Ralph & Sons Diner after the tour.

Activity Scale: 2/5

Accommodations: N/A

Meet at 8:30 AM at Shirleys Bay public boat launch, located at the north end of Rifle Road.

Carpooling: I can drive clients to-and-from Ottawa for this tour. I am also happy to arrange carpooling for you. Please be in touch by email:

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to either ‘Jon Ruddy’ or ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $40.00 (HST included)

Duration: 4-4.5 hours.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form