NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Mississippi River Valley Loop
GLEN CREEK AT PAKENHAM CONCESSION 9
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Independent Directions to this Site: From the Highway 417 (The Queensway), take Exit 169 (Kinburn Side Road) and drive southwest 5.7 km to Highway 15 in Pakenham. Turn left or SSW onto it and go 5.5 km to Cedar Hill Side Road. Turn right or southwest onto it, actually continuing straight, and travel 0.2 km to Pakenham Concession 9. Turn right or northwest onto it and in 1.9 km reach Glen Creek.
Mississippi River Valley Route Directions: From Haydons Creek at Lanark 17, proceed 2.2 km to the Kinburn Side Road (Lanark 20). Turn left or northwest onto it and drive 0.9 km to Highway 15 in Pakenham. Turn left or SSW onto it and go 5.5 km to Cedar Hill Side Road. Turn right or southwest onto it, actually continuing straight, and travel 0.2 km to Pakenham Concession 9. Turn right or northwest onto it and in 1.9 km reach Glen Creek.
Map of the Glen Creek at Pakenham Concession 9 area
Site Description and Birding Information: This site and the next site, Ski Hill Road - Mount Pakenham, both only partly inside the circle, are just about the only spots in the checklist area where one has easy access to the Pakenham Mountains, albeit only the southeastern edge. A more northwesterly content might be expected here, especially in winter. The Black-headed Grosbeak (Nov. 21 to Dec. 28, 2003) was found along this same "edge" only 4.5 km to the south, just outside the circle. Feeders in this area should be scrutinized closely.
A dirt road track leads upstream from the lefthand turn just beyond Glen Creek. Go the 1.9 km to this corner, where a widening of the road allows parking. (Glen Creek is barely visible, so don't mistake it for the bridge over Indian Creek at 0.9 km.) Though it continues along the creek for another 5 km beyond the circle, the track leaves the circle after just less than a kilometre. An escarpment runs along the northern side of the track from this point for the next three kilometres. This track eventually joins the powerline access track that crosses the mountains from southwest to northeast. These track are used as snowmobile trails in winter.
Track along Glen Creek
Mississippi River Valley Route Directions: From the bridge at Glen Creek at Pakenham Concession 9, return the 1.9 km southeast to Cedar Hill Side Road and turn left or northeast onto it and drive 0.2 km to Highway 15. Turn left onto it, actually continuing northeast, and go 4.3 km to McWatty Road, just before the golf club. Turn left or southwest onto it and travel 1.3 km to Lynx Hollow Road. Turn right or northwest onto it and in 0.6 km take the left turn onto what is now Ski Hill Road - Mount Pakenham, the next site on this route.
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