NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Mer Bleue / French Hill Loop
DUNNING 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. Pull off on Regimbald, near the corner, to scan the fields.
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 the junction of Dunning and Regimbald Roads, to scan the fields.
Map of Dunning 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.
Views from the Junction of Dunning and Regimbald Roads
The view from the junction of Dunning and Regimbald Roads allows the scanning of a large expanse of fields. Check field edges and isolated trees, especially the two large pines, for perching raptors, particularly Snowy Owl. The pines are two of their favorite surveying posts. Watch the fields themselves for Gray Partridge, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and maybe even Lapland Longspurs.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Dunning and Regimbald Roads, go WSW on Regimbald 2.7 km to O'Toole Road. Park on Regimbald to the east of this junction at the next site on this loop, the corner of Regimbald and O'Toole Roads, to scan the fields.
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