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Birding Locations in Ottawa, Ontario

South Rural Ottawa

  1. Beryl Gaffney Park, 3889 Rideau Valley Dr. Park east of Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. map
  2. Watson's Mill, 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick map
  3. Black Rapids Lockstation, Prince of Wales Dr. south of Hunt Club Rd. map
  4. Burnside Pit, Moodie Dr 1 km south of Cambrian Rd. map
  5. Richmond Fen, Ruffed Grouse Area pulloff 1 km east of Munster Rd. Cross open field 30 m to the tracks. map

West Ottawa

  1. Jack Pine Nature Trail (15km), parking off Hunt Club Rd., Cedarview Rd., and Moodie Dr (year-round) map
  2. Hilda Road feeders, near Shirley's Bay From Carling Ave. turn north on Rifle Rd., right on Lois Ave., then right on Hilda Road. map
  3. Fletcher Garden, Experiment Farm, south of the traffic circle and Arboretum map

Greenbelt Trails

  1. 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. map
  2. 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.
  3. Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest - also sand dunes. Between Merivale and Woodroffe Roads south of Hunt Club.
  4. Pine Grove - hiking and equestrian trail in a large forest in south Ottawa near Conroy and Davidson Roads.
  5. Mer Bleue Bog - 3,500-hectare northern boreal bog in eastern Ottawa near Anderson and Ridge Roads map

East Ottawa & Gatineau

  1. Casselman Sewage Lagoon, Concession Road 5 just east Laurier St. map
  2. Conroy Island, Deschenes Rapids, Ottawa River - Gatineau Quebec. Gulls, terns, cormorants, and Great Egrets. map
  • Best birding locations:
  • NeilyWorld - Larry Neily helps find good birding sites around Ottawa and the Rideau River.
  • Best Ottawa Birding Spots Fall/Winter
  • Backyard 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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