Shirleys Bay & Andrew Haydon Park

Wednesday, October 24: By late October, waterbird numbers are nearing their peak along the Ottawa River. An excellent variety of diving ducks, such as goldeneye, scaup and scoters, are likely today. Common Loons and both species of grebe will be searched for with our scopes. Goose variety is nearing its peak as well, and at this time even Brant are now regular and in the mix. Late-season shorebirds and warblers are possible today, as well. If the weather is dynamic, the birding at this time of year rapidly goes from good to incredible as waterbirds ‘fall out’ of the sky and plummet to rest on the surface of the Ottawa River.

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