Shorebirding sites in the west end of Ottawa

The EOB group found an adult Red-necked Phalarope at the Embrun Sewage Lagoons today; hopefully a harbinger of a season of rarities for our group! This was the first time to juices flowed in many weeks, and I must admit, my pupils are still dilated! 🙂

I would first like to give a shout out to Sheila and Laura for providing the following bit of intel. These sites are perfect for all members of the EOB group, and repeated coverage over the next 8-9 weeks will turn up the entire gamut, trust me!

Site 1: Rivington Street, Carp River Floodplain: There’s parking here, at the dead end of Rivington. The floodplain is just S of this dead end. Pack waterproof footwear/waterproof footwear for shorebird season. https://www.google.ca/maps/place/45%C2%B020’34.0%22N+76%C2%B001’33.4%22W/@45.342779,-76.028129,508m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.342779!4d-76.025935

Site 2: Kanata Wetlands: A new wetlands area with paths that is still under construction. Construction currently appears to be on hold, but it may resume any time. The area runs the length of the south side of Terry Fox, starting around Richardson Side road and extending all the way south to Hazeldean road. There is a gravel road driveway off Richardson Side Road that gives you access to one shoreline. To walk on the paths and explore more of the area, the best parking is likely in the housing area on the north side of Terry Fox Road. You can also park at The Brick.

Site 3: Emerald Meadows Ponds. Park at Meadowbreeze Park and walk pathway S and then W to mudflats and pond (https://www.google.ca/maps/place/45%C2%B016’27.2%22N+75%C2%B051’11.7%22W/@45.274209,-75.8554401,506m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.274209!4d-75.853256)

These three sites allow birders to get close to shorebirds. Pack a scope if you have one — still visit if you don’t! Send photographs of head-scratchers anytime!

I may run this circuit tomorrow, but I’m right knackered after a challenging run after this AM’s outing, so I’ll see how heavy my legs feel during my first few steps out of bed tomorrow 🙂

Good luck and enjoy