NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Mer Bleue / French Hill Loop
FRANK KENNY and WALL ROADS
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Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 113, bear left to get onto Regional Road 174 or old Highway 17. Proceed 13.6 km northeast on 174 to Trim Road (Regional 57). Turn right or SSE onto Trim and drive 3.7 km to Innes Road (Regional 30). Turn left or ENE on Innes and go 1.6 km to Frank Kenny Road. Turn right or SSE onto it and proceed 2.6 km to Wall Road. Turn right or WSW onto it and park near the junction of Frank Kenny and Wall Roads, to scan the fields.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Regimbald and O'Toole Roads, go WSW on Regimbald 1.6 km to Frank Kenny Road. Turn right or NNW and proceed 0.3 km to Wall Road. Turn left or WSW onto it and park near the junction of Frank Kenny and Wall Roads, to scan the fields.
Map of Frank Kenny and Wall Roads area
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Site Description and Birding Information: The area depicted on the map above has extensive areas of farm fields shown in green. This kind of habitat is getting rather rare this near the city. While it is still here, the avid birder can search the fields for those species that need or prefer such agricultural areas. This area is particularly good for winter raptors, such as Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks and, that big fan favourite, the Snowy Owl. Nearly every winter, at least one of these magnificent birds sets up a hunting territory somewhere in this general area. Some winters bring several birds.
View from the Corner of Frank Kenny and Wall Roads
The view here allows the scanning of a very large expanse of fields. Check field edges and isolated trees for perching raptors. Watch the fields themselves for Gray Partridge, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and maybe even Lapland Longspurs. Check the fields along Frank Kenny and along Wall.
During the 2004 - 05 "invasion", a Great Gray Owl was found 1.6 km SSE of here, at Frank Kenny and Giroux Roads, on Feb. 2, 2005.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Frank Kenny and Wall Roads, go WSW on Wall 4.3 km to 10th Line Road. Scan carefully, especially along the last couple of kilomtres before the junction. This is the next site on this loop, the Wall and 10th Line Roads area.
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