[Ontbirds]Louisiana Waterthrush, north of Ottawa

Killeen, Richard Richard.Killeen at cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Wed May 3 09:31:54 EDT 2006

The Louisiana Waterthrush was still present this morning, Wednesday May 3, in Gatineau Park, on  the Waterfall Trail near the MacKenzie-King estate. The bird sang consistently between 6:30 and 7:15 AM. It was heard at the top of the waterfall on a few occasions but was generally singing 100 to 200 feet below the falls.  It was generally quite high in the trees and two observers were not able to locate it by sight.  

Also heard at that location were Black-throated Green Warblers and Winter Wrens.  A Barred Owl was also seen on the path leading to the waterfall; it flew in, sat in the open for a few minutes before disappearing in the forest.

Richard Killeen, Ottawa


Directions as per Elsa Suárez & Paul Matthews e-mail: From Taché Boulevard in downtown of the former Hull (now part of Gatineau), take the Gatineau Parkway some 10 km to the left turnoff called the Champlain Parkway. Before reaching the latter, you will go past Gamelin Rd, go over St-Raymond, go past the 2 parking lots to Pink Lake and go over Notch Rd. Once on the Champlain Parkway go a few km till you see a parking lot on the right with a large sign that says Sentier de la chute/Waterfall Trail. Park here. The trail starts on the left side of the lot as you look from the Parkway. Take the trail a few metres down an incline and then turn left and go through the culvert (under the parkway). Follow the trail some 500 metres to the waterfall. (Note that you may have to pay at this lot on the weekend - I'm not sure.)

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