Thursday, May 17, 2012

PP&J Part 2

May 12-13, 2012

We went to historic Spucehome B&B in Fort Coulonge to cycle another stretch of the PP&J bike trail.

On the way up we stopped at the Quyon Ferry and saw a bunch of goslings and a couple of Killdeer. 
We parked at the B&B and biked down the road to pick up the trail.  We turned west and slowly made our way past Davidson to Ch. Thomas Lefebvre, our turn-around point when pedalling south from Waltham.   We then returned along Davidson Road to be close to the river.  We tried to find a couple of geocaches without any luck, but got several bug bites instead.  Our distance was 18.8 km.  After a soak in the tub, we went to Esprit Rafting for a BBQ dinner, which was recommended by a friend.  We were the only clients that night, but there were a few rafting guides around.  We had to eat inside as a drizzle had started, but it was a very nice meal.  Before dinner we did find an easy geocache on the grounds.

On Sunday morning, we mounted our canoe on the wheels we got for Christmas from C&P, and rolled down a short distance to the Ottawa River.  After figuring out how to launch a the steep embankment and high dock, we had a very enjoyable 1.5 h  paddle around a large island.  We saw many of the same birds, but a highlight was a Great Crested Flycatcher.  We found a better place to take out and rolled effortlessly on the wheels back to our car at the B&B.

We then got on our bikes and headed the opposite way on the trail towards Campbell's Bay, but not before stopping to call in the Ovenbird that was calling near the road intersection.  Be biked to Ch. Callaghan and back, a distance of 21.8 km.  The trail through town was paved, then went along the Ottawa River for a while, before traversing mostly bush.  Just before turning around, we got into some open fields.  This last point proved to be a bonanza for birding, with Bobolinks and lots of warblers.  A noteworthy find was the ditch filled with watercress.

Bird List

  1. American Robin
  2. American Crow
  3. European Starling
  4. Mallard
  5. Canada Goose
  6. Red-winged Blackbird
  7. Turkey Vulture
  8. Ring-billed Gull
  9. Killdeer
  10. Common Grackle
  11. Blue Jay
  12. American Kestrel
  13. Northern Flicker
  14. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  15. Eastern Phoebe
  16. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  17. Veery
  18. Barn Swallow
  19. Tree Swallow
  20. American Goldfinch
  21. Chipping Sparrow
  22. Black-capped Chickadee
  23. Yellow Warbler
  24. White-throated Sparrow
  25. White-crowned Sparrow
  26. Great Blue Heron
  27. Belted Kingfisher
  28. Baltimore Oriole
  29. Wood Duck
  30. Common loon
  31. Ruby-crowned Hummingbird
  32. White-crowned Sparrow
  33. Song Sparrow
  34. Hooded Merganser
  35. Downy Woodpecker
  36. Great Crested Flycatcher
  37. Ovenbird
  38. Black and White Warbler
  39. Bobolink
  40. Wilson's Snipe (H)
  41. Eastern Kingbird
  42. Northern Harrier
  43. Common Yellowthroat
  44. Broad-winged Hawk


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