NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Dunrobin & Carp Ridges
DUNROBIN RIDGE ON GREENLAND ROAD
Spring: *** Summer: ** Fall: * Winter: *
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 138 (Eagleson/March Roads). If travelling west, the 0.6 km offramp dumps you right or north onto March Road. If driving east, a 0.5 km offramp brings you to Eagleson Road, where you will turn left or north onto it to March Road (its northward extension) and in 0.5 km join the westbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow March Road, or Regional 49, north, then northwest, 8.1 km to to a 90 degree lefthand turn and the junction for Dunrobin Road. Take a right onto Dunrobin Road and continue northwest 7.5 km to Thomas Dolan Parkway at Dunrobin. Turn right or northeast onto Thomas Dolan and go 2.8 km to the corner of 5th Line and Greenland Roads. Turn left or northwest onto Greenland Road and the Dunrobin Ridge.
Dunrobin & Carp Ridges Route Directions: From Berry Side Road, return to the 5th Line Road and turn left or northwest. Watch for Eastern Bluebirds in the open areas along 5th Line, usually perched on the utility wires. Watch and listen for Red-shouldered Hawk in the woodland section of this stretch. Proceed 4.0 km to the Thomas Dolan Parkway. Continue straight northwest across the Thomas Dolan Parkway where 5th Line becomes Greenland Road to enter the Dunrobin Ridge along Greenland Road.
Site Description and Birding Information: At the corner watch for Eastern Bluebirds, which have nested here. A Great Gray Owl was found here Jan. 17, 2005 during the invasion.
This stretch of Greenland Road heading northwest of the corner is a prime hawk watching locale. Visibility from the road is excellent. Late March through early May is prime time for this activity. Along with the more common Turkey Vultures, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged Hawks, and American Kestrels; there are a few Cooper's, Red-shouldered, and Rough-legged Hawks; and the occasional Northern Goshawk, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon. Common Ravens are seen here betimes too. There are several good overlooks along Greenland Road, where stopping to scan for raptors will almost certainly be rewarded. And if you are lucky enough to catch a flight day, the results can be impressive.
The woods on the right just before you reach Vance's Side Road have had the scarce Red-shouldered Hawk breeding in them. Whip-poor-wills can be heard along this stretch at night.
Dunrobin & Carp Ridges Route Directions: From wherever you are on Greenland Road, return southeast to the Thomas Dolan Parkway. Turn right or southwest onto it to enter the next site on our loop, the Constance Creek at Thomas Dolan Parkway area.
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Last update: October 27, 2009