NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Northwest - Ottawa River West: Quebec
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Independent Directions to this Site: From Boulevard des Allumettières or Highway 148, take the Chemin Eardley exit in Aylmer. Turn right or northwest onto Chemin Eardley or the continuation of Highway 148 and proceed 38.6 km northwest on 148 to Chemin de Norway Bay (d'Aylmer). Turn left or WSW on de Norway Bay and drive 6.7 km to Chemin d'Elmside and turn left or SSW on it. Follow d'Elmside 0.5 km SSW to Trudeau Lane just north of Norway Bay and turn left or ESE on it.
Ottawa River West: Quebec Route Directions: From the ferry dock at Quyon, return 0.4 km along Onslow to Chemin Clarendon/Mackechnie (main street Quyon) and turn left (first of five consecutive left turns to reach the next site). Proceed west 4.6 km on Clarendon/Mackechnie to Highway 148 and turn left or west on it. Go 2.8 km to Chemin de Norway Bay (d'Aylmer) and turn left or WSW on it. Drive 6.7 km on de Norway Bay to Chemin d'Elmside and turn left or SSW on it. Follow d'Elmside 0.5 km SSW to Trudeau Lane just north of Norway Bay and turn left or ESE on it.
Map of Norway Bay area
Site Description and Birding Information: This road is 4 to 5 km outside the OFNC 50 km circle but is included here because it has hosted a colony of Sedge Wrens. Watch for a wet meadow on the south side of Trudeau, about a kilometre from the west end and listen for the distinctive song. It prefers wet meadows with some shurbs and margins of marshes. Song is 1 to 3 harsh notes followed by a slow, buzzy trill. Sings both day and night.
Sedge Wren Meadow on Trudeau Lane
Either on the way there, or on the return leg (or both); one can visit the large and productive marsh to the south of the junction of the Bristol Mines and Norway Bay Roads. This marsh is around 4 km outside the circle, but has breeding Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrow and Black-billed Cuckoo among its denizens.
Marsh at Bristol Mines and Norway Bay Roads
Ottawa River West: Quebec Route Directions: This was the last site on this route, but if you are very ambitious you can return to Quyon and take the ferry across to Woodridge, between MacLaren's Landing and Fitzroy Harbour on the Ottawa River West Ontario route. This will allow you to follow that route back to the city of Ottawa. However, the ferry only runs when the river is not frozen. If you've already exhausted your time or yourself, the fastest return route is Highway 148 back to the metropolis.
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Last update: October 29, 2009