Birding Locations in Ottawa, Ontario
South Rural Ottawa
- Beryl Gaffney Park, 3889 Rideau Valley Dr. Park east of Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. [Google search] [map]
- Watson's Mill, 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick [Google search] [map]
- Baxter Conservation Area, 7498 Carter Rd, south of Kars (fee) Blog with photos [map]
- Black Rapids Lockstation, Prince of Wales Dr. south of Hunt Club Rd. [Google search] [map]
- Burnside Pit, Moodie Dr 1 km south of Cambrian Rd. [Google search] [map]
- Richmond Fen, Ruffed Grouse Area pulloff 1 km east of Munster Rd. Cross open field 30 m to the tracks. [Google search] [map]
- Jack Pine Nature Trail (15km), parking off Hunt Club Rd., Cedarview Rd., and Moodie Dr (year-round) [Google search] [map]
- Hilda Road feeders, near Shirley's Bay [Google search] From Carling Ave. turn north on Rifle Rd., right on Lois Ave., then right on Hilda Road. [map]
- Fletcher Garden, Experiment Farm, south of the traffic circle and Arboretum [Google search] [map]
- Shirley's Bay, Ottawa River, west Ottawa is a Provincially Significant Wetland and one of the best spots in Ottawa for birdwatching - 270 bird species sighted. [Google search] [map]
- Stony Swamp - 40 km. of trails in south-west Ottawa near W. Hunt Club and Richmond Rd. Provincially Significant Wetland has over 700 plant species.
- Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest - also sand dunes. Between Merivale and Woodroffe Roads south of Hunt Club.
- Pine Grove - hiking and equestrian trail in a large forest in south Ottawa near Conroy and Davidson Roads.
- Mer Bleue Bog - 3,500-hectare northern boreal bog in eastern Ottawa near Anderson and Ridge Roads [map]
East Ottawa & Gatineau
- Casselman Sewage Lagoon, Concession Road 5 just east Laurier St. [Google search] [map]
- Conroy Island, Deschenes Rapids, Ottawa River - Gatineau Quebec. Gulls, terns, cormorants, and Great Egrets. [map]
Best birding location: your bird-feeders
Anyone with a bird-feeder can participate in the Ottawa Valley Christmas Bird Count, usually on a Sunday before Christmas. There is a Fall Bird Count the third Saturday in October as well. The Ottawa Field Naturalists Club collects local data for a national database used to monitor bird populations.
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