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Highlights At Andrew Haydon Park

Most sandpipers breed on the tundra and winter on the coast. But in autumn, about 20 species worth move through Ottawa in migration, showing up on muddy river shores and shallow ponds. Andrew Haydon Park is one of the classic places to find them. I went sandpiper-watching there on Saturday morning, and found many other points of interest besides.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Blue Heron executing a perfect landing.

Red Squirrel in the morning light (available as wallpaper)

White-Rumped Sandpiper--life bird #294! (Yes, I'm celebrating when I hit 300 :-)

White-Rumped Sandpiper betraying its identity

Great Egret (wider-angle than my usual, but I liked the perspective of the Sailing Club behind it.) This graceful species was historically rare in our area, but in recent years, has become a regular sight along the Ottawa River in fall.

Eastern Chipmunk (with snack)

A Local CelebrityWhite Admiral


October 12th, 2011 at 9:23 am
I like the heron... there's also a nice vertical framing in there, I think.

Also, the lighting on the chipmunk is really nice!

The egret looks like an albino cormorant with its wings out like that.