27 Jan 2018 8:00 am

Leader: Greg Zbitnew

Meet: East side of the Rideau River, just under the Queensway (see description for parking)

Birding is pretty much at its lowest ebb in late January-early February, but where there is running water, there is life.  A number of spots on the Rideau River are open year-round, and this is a magnet for overwintering ducks, including, we hope, Barrow’s Golden-eye.  The narrowness of the river virtually guarantees good looks.  Parts of the valley are surprisingly wild even when passing through a heavily urbanized area, and the combination of open water and the urban heat island can be favourable for passerines and associated birds of prey.

We will meet on the east side of the Rideau River, just under the Queensway, at 8 a.m. This is a few 100 metres south of the south end of North River Road, where parking is available. To get there, go to the Vanier parkway, turn west on Queen Mary, and south (left) on North River Road. We will visit the open water and nearby woods here, the Rideau River at Donald Street (Adàwe Crossing), Billings Bridge, and if time and enthusiasm permit, Carleton University and places even farther south.

Expect a reasonable amount of walking on snow/ice and cold temperatures. The trip will likely finish at noon. In the event of inclement weather, which would be snow and or wind making travel difficult or severely hampering visibility, the trip will be rescheduled for February 3rd.  Please pre-register by January 25th by email to bm.ofnevents@gmail.com.