Friday, July 09, 2010

Summer Series of Birding 2010 - Trip #3 - Saturday, July 10, 2010

Some of you may have noticed the postings by Mark Dennis and Felix Hilton this week indicating that a Marbled Godwit has appeared along ch. de l'Anse in Vaudreuil, along the western shore of Lake of Two Mountains.

As a result, this Saturday, July 10 at 8 AM we will visit this area. The water levels continue to be low in the Montreal region. In past years, this stretch of road heading north from Highway 40 up to the Vaudreuil/Hudson boundary has been an interesting spot, particularly when the water level is low when long stretches of sand and rocks are exposed. In addition to the Godwit seen this week, other shorebirds have been noted as well.

LOCATION: ch. de l'Anse, Vaudreuil
DATE: Saturday, July 10, 2010
TIME: 8 AM - Half day trip
MEETING SPOT: Passion Jardin Garden Centre, 999 av. St. Charles, Vaudreuil, QC

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From anywhere on the island of Montreal, take Highway 40 west. Cross the Ile aux Tourtes Bridge and take Exit 35. Follow the exit until you reach av. St. Charles. Turn RIGHT on St. Charles. Our meeting point will be at the parking of a garden centre, "PASSION JARDIN" on your right at 999 St. Charles, just near the intersection with ch. Dumberry. From that meeting point, we will drive to ch. de l'Anse. Parking along the road is next to impossible in most spots, but there is a small public parking lot where we can leave our cars
and then walk along the road. There are various access points leading down to the waterfront.

SITE DESCRIPTION: ch de l'Anse runs parallel to the western shore of Lac des Deux Montagnes, overlooking the water from a sutstantial height. The road is fairly narrow, and often busy, so we will need to pay close attention as we walk along. There is one small side road off ch. de l'Anse, rue St-Denis, about halfway between the southern end of ch de l'Anse and the Hudson boundary. After exploring part of the road, we can then drive to rue St-Denis, park and explore
again from that point.

NOTE: There are no washroom or restaurant/service station facilities along the road. Scopes are recommended for viewing out on to the lake and along the shoreline.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 450-462-1459.
On Saturday morning you may reach me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Sheldon Harvey

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