NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Mer Bleue / French Hill Loop
SARSFIELD and REGIMBALD 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 5.6 km to Dunning Road. Turn right or SSE onto it and proceed 3.1 km to Regimbald Road. Turn left or ENE onto it and drive 1.3 km to the junction of Sarsfield and Regimbald Roads. Pull off on Regimbald, near the corner, to scan the fields.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Giroux & Dunning Roads, go NNW on Dunning 1.3 km to Regimbald Road. Turn right or ENE on it and drive 1.3 km to the junction of Sarsfield and Regimbald Roads. Pull off on Regimbald, near the corner, to scan the fields.
Map of Sarsfield and Regimbald 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 Junction of Sarsfield and Regimbald Roads
The view from the junction of Sarsfield and Regimbald Roads allows the scanning of a large expanse of fields. Check field edges and isolated trees for perching raptors, particularly Snowy Owl. Watch the fields themselves for Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and maybe even Lapland Longspurs. This is one of the best spots for finding Gray Partridge in the area. A Ross' Goose was found on Sarsfield Road, between Regimbald and French Hill Roads on Apr. 23, 2006.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Sarsfield and Regimbald Roads, go WSW on Regimbald 1.3 km to Dunning Road. Park on Regimbald near this junction at the next site on this loop, the junction of Dunning and Regimbald Roads, to scan the fields.
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