[Ontbirds] Ottawa River: Arctic Tern, Brant, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck

Nicholas von Maltzahn nvmottawa at hotmail.com
Thu May 26 17:09:15 EDT 2011

In the west end of Ottawa this afternoon:
4:00pm, at Deschenes Rapids, some Arctic Terns with Common Terns, Bonaparte's Gulls, and very many Ring-billed Gulls.
3:45pm, at Remic Rapids, ca. 600 Brant, also 6 White-winged Scoter with one Long-tailed Duck.
It may be noted that the terns at the Deschenes Rapids seem better viewed from the Quebec side, which they were favouring.
Nick von Maltzahn
Directions (courtesy of NeilyWorld):
Deschenes Rapids, from Britannia Filtration Plant: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 129 (Greenbank & Pinecrest Roads). If travelling west, the 0.3 km offramp dumps you right or north onto Pinecrest Road. If driving east, a 0.3 km offramp brings you to Pinecrest/Greenbank Road, where you will turn left or north onto Pinecrest Road and in 0.4 km join the westbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow Pinecrest Road north 0.8 km from here to Richmond Road. Turn right or northeast onto Richmond and go 0.5 km, crossing Carling Avenue, to Poulin Avenue. Turn left or north onto Poulin and go 0.6 km to where a left only turn puts you on Howe Street. Follow Howe west 0.2 km to Britannia Road. Turn right or north onto Britannia Road and proceed 0.8 km to Cassels Street. Turn right or east onto Cassels and go 0.7 km to a small parking area on the end at the Britannia Filtration Plant.  
OR: Deschenes Rapids, from Quebec shore: From Boulevard des Allumettières or Highway 148, take the Chemin Vanier exit. Turn left or south onto Vanier and go 3.9 km to the Ottawa River and the Deschênes Rapids at the end of Chemin Vanier.
Remic Rapids: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 122 (Parkdale Avenue). The eastbound exit ramp comes to a stop sign at Parkdale Avenue in 0.1 km, while the westbound exit ramp becomes Westmount Avenue and reaches Parkdale Avenue in 0.2 km. Turn north onto Parkdale and proceed 1.7 km to the Ottawa River Parkway, passing Wellington and Scott Streets on the way. Pass under the Ottawa River Parkway. Continue 0.3 km round a 270 degree righthand turn to join the Ottawa River Parkway. Continue 0.8 km southwest along the Parkway to the Remic Rapids Lookout turnoff. Turn right or northwest into the parking area at Remic Rapids. 		 	   		  

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