Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ottawa River - Bate Island to Shirley's Bay

Nov. 25, 2016

We found good numbers o Common Goldeneye at Bate Island, but no Barrow's.  There was also a large group of Bufflehead.

Jon Ruddy reported a large group of Red-throated Loons at Dick Bell, so we headed over there.  We could not spot them, as we did not realize they were so distant as to be barely visible with a scope.  There was a nice selection of Red-breasted Mergansers and Buffleheads in the harbour.

We spotted some birds flying off west, so thought it would be worth checking Shirley's Bay.  We got there just as Jon was leaving - he obviously had had the same idea. We had 2 Common Loons and a single Red-necked Grebe, but no Red-throated.

We drove back past Dick Bell and spotted a number of birders there with scopes.  We thought it might be worth a second look.  Sure enough, a raft of loons was there, very distant.  We had a decent look in Bob Cermak's scope.

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