NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Rideau River West Side
Spring: * Summer: * Fall: * Winter: ***
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 122 (Parkdale Avenue). The eastbound exit ramp comes to a stop sign at Parkdale Avenue in 0.1 km and turns right or SSE. The westbound exit ramp becomes Westmount Avenue and reaches Parkdale Avenue in 0.2 km. Turn left or SSE onto Parkdale and in 0.1 km join the eastbound traffic. Both streams now head SSE on Parkdale 0.7 km to Carling Avenue. Turn right or southeast onto Carling and drive 0.4 km to make a left turn onto Fisher Avenue. Proceed 4.5 km SSE to Prince of Wales Drive, then turn right or south onto it. Go 2.9 km south to Blazer (formerly Sheridan) Avenue. Turn right into Blazer and enter the Clearview Feeders area.
Rideau River West Side Route Directions: From the Nepean Creek Stormwater Facility parking area, return to Colonnade Road and turn left or east on it. Drive about 1.0 km on Colonnade to the T-junction and turn left or east and proceed 150 metres to Prince of Wales Drive. Turn right or south onto it and go 2.2 km to Blazer (formerly Sheridan) Avenue. Turn right into Blazer and enter the Clearview Feeders area.
Map of the Clearview area
Site Description and Birding Information: This site is included mainly because of the preponderance of winter feeding stations in a well-treed subdivision, making it attractive to over-wintering avifauna and birders. There is a good percentage of conifers in this area, making it attractive for winter finches. The best areas are shaded orange on the map.
Check out Country Place Park and the Black Rapids Creek ravine south of Amberwood Drive for some mature deciduous habitat. There are two somewhat obscure access points this author knows of; one off Amberwood opposite the small ball diamond just east of Chesswood; and another off the walkway between Chesswood and Broad Oaks. Both are poorly defined but public.
View of Country Place Park
Carolina Wren has occurred here both in Dec. 1987 to Jan. 1988 (Mayo & Deerlane Avenues) and in July 1993 (Promenade Avenue). Check especially any hanging suet for this elusive species which likely occurs in very small numbers year round in the Ottawa area.
Rideau River West Side Route Directions: From the Clearview Feeders area, return to Prince of Wales Drive and turn right or south on it. Drive 0.7 km on to the turnoff, on the left, for Black Rapids, the next site on this route.
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Last update: October 29, 2009