NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Mer Bleue / French Hill Loop
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Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 112 (Innes Road). If travelling west, the 0.2 km offramp dumps you right or northeast onto Innes. If driving east, a 0.3 km offramp brings you to Innes Road, where you will turn left or northeast onto it and in 0.5 km join the westbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow Innes Road northeast 1.8 km from here to Anderson Road. Turn right or southeast into Anderson Road and go 1.5 km to Renaud Road. Turn left or east onto Renaud and travel 2.0 km to Kemp Road. Turn right or south on Kemp and drive 0.6 km to the eastern portion of Renaud Road. Turn left or east onto it and go 0.3 km to view the fields on both sides of Renaud for the next 1.4 km.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Wall and 10th Line Roads, go SSE on 10th Line 1.7 km to Navan Road. Take a sharp right and proceed northwest 4.1 km to Renaud Road (old 4th Line Road). Turn left or WSW onto it and drive 0.3 km to view the fields on both sides of Renaud for the next 1.4 km.
Map of Renaud Road area
Site Description and Birding Information: The fields on either side of the road here provide good viewing for raptors in winter and geese in spring and fall. The southern fields are adjacent Mer Bleue.
Views along Renaud Road
The old railway bed provides a trail through this area. It crosses Renaud near Kemp Road, then angles slowly away from Renaud on the south side. Some of the fields are a bit overgrown. 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. Sandhill Crane has been seen here.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From wherever you are on the eastern section of Renaud Road, proceed west to its junction with the next site on this loop, the Kemp Road area. Turn right or north onto Kemp and travel 0.2 km to the pulloff at the old rail crossing.
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