May 5, 2018 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Leader: Gregory Zbitnew
Meet: South end of North River Road. To get there, go to the Vanier parkway, turn west on Queen Mary, and south (left) on North River Road.
There can be a surprising diversity of birds even close to a heavily urbanized area. The Rideau River has not been entirely conquered by urban sprawl, including near and in the remnant woodlands and fields near Hurdman Station. Expect to observe a variety of birds that make use of the Rideau River and the Hurdman Woods migrant trap. There should be some early warblers, flycatchers and thrushes. There may be swallows over the river and there should still be a few ducks around. A particular focus of this trip is on bird sounds, although we will make every effort to see the birds too.
We will meet at 7:00 a.m. to take advantage of the greater amount of song earlier in the day. We will explore the river and the woods south and north of this point, possibly as far as the Adàwe Crossing, so there may be several kilometers of walking. The trip will end between 10:30 and 11.30 a.m., depending on the results and the enthusiasm level. Please pre-register by May 3 by email to bm.ofnevents [at] gmail.com.
In case of heavy ran or strong wind, this trip will be postponed until May 6.