Yesterday Sandra had to do a lecture in Ottawa and so I tagged along, dropped her off and then went on a short tour of the north shore of the Ottawa River. I started at Andrew Hayer Park and quickly found one of the Brent Geese that had been seen there recently. It fed on the grassy bank of a small lake and was only slightly discombobulated by my waving the camera at it. The light was awful and it was raining but I still got a record shot of what appears to be a pale-bellied type immature. Also there were a few Hooded Mergansers and I snapped both American Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gull, it was quiet otherwise.
Moving on I went to Shirley’s Bay. This time last year (roughly) it was pretty good there with scoters and rafts of duck which included a female Tufted type. Not this time though although I did see two Red-necked Grebes, a few Common Loons and a male Northern Harrier but it was very slow otherwise. With another couple of hours to kill I went along to the various lookouts off the Macdonald Parkway and stared at distant ducks. There were lots of Common Goldeneye around and a few smart males were displaying to a lone female, she seemed uninterested though no matter how much they threw back their heads, kicked their feet and croaked. Perhaps they’ll have more chance in better light.
We had hoped to get out to the Navan area east of Ottawa to look for Sandhill Cranes after the lecture had been delivered but Ottawa traffic took care of that, it took over an hour to get out of the city with the only entertainment being traffic lights that change to green and give pedestrians the crossing sign at the same time, boy can some of those people move quickly when faced with an SUV! I can only think that the idiot that designed Québec’s roads is moonlighting at Ottawa traffic control.
I put my stuff into eBird as usual but I don’t like the Ontario listings that come up, they load it with various sps (merganser sp) etc, all junk that that really annoys me and largely irrelevant as a recording device which, after all, is what eBird is.