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AIRPORT GRAVEL PIT & COTTAGE ROAD

Spring: **  Summer: *  Fall: **  Winter: **

         Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 121A (Bronson Avenue). Go SSE on Bronson for 3.6 km, crossing the Rideau River on the Dunbar Bridge and going over Riverside Drive, before bearing right to take the Brookfield Road exit. In 0.1 km merge right onto Brookfield Road and drive 0.5 km to Riverside Drive. Turn left onto Riverside Drive and go 4.9 km to a dirt road on the right or west across from the airport runways. Turn right or west onto this road and park where you are able to pull off the side.
         Airport Loop Route Directions: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 121A (Bronson Avenue). Go SSE on Bronson for 3.6 km, crossing the Rideau River on the Dunbar Bridge and going over Riverside Drive, before bearing right to take the Brookfield Road exit. In 0.1 km merge right onto Brookfield Road and drive 0.5 km to Riverside Drive. Turn left onto Riverside Drive and go 4.9 km to a dirt road on the right or west across from the airport runways. Turn right or west onto this road and park where you are able to pull off the side.
         This is the first site in the Airport Loop. It is also in the Rideau River East Side tour. Here you can veer off on the Rideau River East Side route rather than continue south on the Airport Loop. To do so, go to the next site north on the Rideau River East Side route, Revelstoke Park & Area or the next site south on the Rideau River East Side route, Balmoral Drive.
Map of the Airport Gravel Pit & Cottage Road area
Map of the Airport Gravel Pit & Cottage Road area
         Site Description and Birding Information: From where you are parked you can wander around the gravel pit area looking for finches and sparrows or walk down the road through the woods to a strip of "cottages" along the Rideau River checking for thrushes, Ovenbird, Ruffed Grouse and winter finches. Check the airport grounds for grassland birds such as American Golden-Plover. Northern Shrike has been seen south of the bridge on Hunt Club Road.
View of Airport from This Site
View of Airport from This Site
        Airport Loop Route Directions: From where you have parked along the dirt road, return to Riverside Drive. Turn right or south on it and proceed 1.0 km to where it continues straight as Limebank Road (River Road veers to the left). Continue straight SSE onto Limebank and drive 0.8 km to the next site on this route, Tom Roberts Avenue. Turn left or ENE onto it.
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Last update:  October 27, 2009