[Ontbirds]Palm Warbler near Ottawa

PETER HALL halljp at rogers.com
Sat Jun 23 12:15:40 EDT 2007

Hi Ontbirders:
  This morning  at about 9:00 am, following an urban breeding bird count in eastern Ottawa, I encountered a singing male Palm Warbler in the Mer Bleue bog. This was an adult western form (non-yellow) male who sang repeatedly from a small tamarak tree just off the boardwalk. The bog is similar to its more usual breeding habitat further north in Canada. This species is known to breed in this extensive bog, but it is not easy to find because of the limited access on the boardwalk.
  From Highway 416 east of Ottawa, exit at Walkley Road and head east. Following a sharp bend the road heads uphill. At the top of the Hill, turn left on the Ridge Road and follow it to the end where it enters the Mer Bleue conservation area parking lot. Take the trail to the boardwalk and the bird was about half way around on the boardwalk.

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