Renfrew County

Tuesday, December 19: Today we will begin our birding day with a visit to the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Facility near Pembroke, Ontario. Here, up to seven species of gulls can be seen at close range. Studying and enjoying the views of the various ages of Iceland and Glaucous gulls is one of the highlights at this location. Other species such as Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed are also seen; the latter in greater numbers than the former. Rarities are possible, with “Thayer’s” Iceland Gull a front-runner as a possibility. Mega rare finds have been found here over the years, including a third winter Slaty-backed Gull! At any rate, birders are encouraged to bring along the gull (or other) field guides, study on live subjects, enjoy photography and pick my brain as we enjoy the gulls together. We will then head to Lake Dore and scope the lake from three vantages. After Dore, we will head back to Cobden, where we will scope Muskrat Lake. We will then head to the La Passe area and search for Rough-legged Hawks and Sandhill Cranes. We will finish our day with a stop at the Madawaska Head Pond, in Arnprior.

Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Some snacks, plenty of water, electrolyte mix, sturdy and insulated footwear, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides. Please wear layered clothing.

Lunch: We will enjoy a sit down lunch in Cobden.

Walking: Limited walking this AM.

Driving: We will be driving to and from various birding sites in Renfrew County throughout the morning

Meet: We can either carpool from Ottawa or simply meet at 8:30 AM at Civitan Veterans’ Memorial Park parking lot in Cobden. The park is located on the north side of Highway 17 in Cobden: https://www.google.com/maps/place/45%C2%B037’43.3%22N+76%C2%B052’46.9%22W/@45.6287,-76.8818887,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.6287!4d-76.8797

Method of payment: Cash or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Jon Ruddy’

Cost: $60.00

Duration:  7-7.5 hours

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form