Shirleys Bay & Andrew Haydon Park

Thursday, November 8: A morning spent birding the Ottawa River, from Shirleys Bay to Andrew Haydon Park. The focus today is on waterbirds, and all sorts are to be expected, including Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, three species of scoter, excellent studies of both species of scaup, and much more. In the woodlots, we will keep our eyes and ears peeled late-fall migrants, such as Rusty Blackbird, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and White-throated Sparrows, and more. Please pack your scope if you have one!

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. Consider a thermal underlayer if it’s going to be chilly. 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

Deadline for registration: Tuesday, November 6th at 5:00 PM