NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Mer Bleue / French Hill Loop
BEAR BROOK at TRIM ROAD
Spring: *** Summer: * Fall: ** Winter: *
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 96 (Boundary Road). Proceed 2.0 km NNW on Boundary Road to Russell Road (Regional 26). Turn right or ESE onto Russell and drive 3.5 km to Milton Road (Regional 31). Turn left or NNW on Milton and go 2.8 km to Perrault Road. Turn left or east on it and drive 1.6 km to Trim Road and turn right or SSE on it. Proceed c. 0.5 km to the deadend and park looking out over Bear Brook.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Smith Road and Milton Road, return SSE for the 3.1 km to Perrault Road. Turn left or east on it and drive 1.6 km to Trim Road and turn right or SSE on it. Proceed c. 0.5 km to the deadend and park looking out over Bear Brook.
Map of Bear Brook at Trim Road area
Site Description and Birding Information: This is another spot from which to view the floodplain of Bear Brook. Lack of elevation and likely walk of a few hundred metres make it a less attractive initial venue for observation than either the Bear Brook at Milton Road or the Bear Brook at Frank Kenny Road sites. However, it does look out over the area seen in the distance from the former of those two sites, and may provide closer viewing of birds sheltering well away from the main roads. And the rest of the area is private property.
View of Bear Brook at Trim Road area
Both Perrault and the south end of Trim are good for sparrows, with Vesper Sparrow breeding along Perrault and migrants congregating along the end of Trim. A farm at the corner of Trim and Perrault Roads hosted a Cattle Egret on Oct. 21, 2007.
This is also the second site on the Spring Flooding Route.
Mer Bleue - French Hill Loop Route Directions: From the south end of Trim Road, return NNW the c. 0.5 km to Perrault Road. Continue straight on Trim for an additional 0.3 km to McFadden Road. Turn right or ENE on McFadden and drive 1.4 km to Frank Kenny Road. Turn right or SSE on it. Proceed 0.5 km to the next site on this loop, Bear Brook at Frank Kenny Road.
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