11 May 2019 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Birding at the Rockcliffe airport woodlot: a little-known gem in the east end

Leader: Gregory Zbitnew

Meet: The public boat launch west of the north end of Blair Road. To get there, travel north on Blair Road and turn left (west) just before the dead end. The public boat launch parking lot is a few hundred meters down this road. Note that Blair Road is NOT accessible from the Parkway.

Overshadowed by the glories of Britannia, this extensive woodlot bordering the Ottawa River has a good diversity of habitat including mixed forest, damp forest, scrubby grassland, lawns, a small storm pond and waterfall. At this time of year we can expect a good variety of sparrows, warblers, thrushes and flycatchers, among others. We hope that there will be a lot of birdsong. Almost anything is possible here including a small assortment of waterbirds on the Ottawa River if we are lucky. Expect to do a lot of walking on good paved or gravel paths. If time and enthusiasm permit, we may go to Rockcliffe Park or the Rockcliffe Rockeries.

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In case of bad weather, the trip will be rescheduled to May 12. We will decide by 12:00 noon on May 10 if we will use the bad weather date instead.