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TORBOLTON RIDGE ROAD

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        Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 138 (Eagleson/March Roads). If travelling west, the 0.6 km offramp dumps you right or north onto March Road. If driving east, a 0.5 km offramp brings you to Eagleson Road, where you will turn left or north onto it to March Road (its northward extension) and in 0.5 km join the westbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow March Road, or Regional 49, north, then northwest, 8.1 km to to a 90 degree lefthand turn and the junction for Dunrobin Road. Take a right onto Dunrobin Road and continue northwest 13.7 km to Kinburn Side Road. Turn left or southwest on it and proceed 3.1 km to Torbolton Ridge Road. Turn right or northwest on it. This is part of the Carp Ridge.
        Dunrobin & Carp Ridges Route Directions: From the Bill Mason Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies Centre on Dunrobin Road, turn right or northwest on Dunrobin Road and go 4.3 km to Kinburn Side Road. Turn left or southwest on it and proceed 3.1 km to Torbolton Ridge Road. Turn right or northwest on it. This is part of the Carp Ridge.

Microsoft Visual Earth Map of Torbolton Ridge Road area
Microsoft Visual Earth Map of Torbolton Ridge Road area

        Site Description and Birding Information: Proceed 1.9 km northwest along Torbolton Ridge Road, crossing the rail line and parking along the roadside in front of number 4104. This site has a colony of Sedge Wrens. They can be heard, either at night or during the day, giving their distinctive songs from the fields on either side of the long drive into 4104 Torbolton Ridge Road. Patience will be rewarded with good looks at these birds. Every so often, one will fly up into an partially exposed perch slightly above grass level; occasionally onto one of the fence posts lining the drive. From the road, a spotting scope will be necessary to get details of plumage. Sometimes a bird will venture within binocular range, but it's not likely. They were noted as far back as 1992 and were still present here in the summer of 2011. Black-billed Cuckoo has also been recorded here on more than one occasion.
Sedge Wren - Torbolton Ridge Road - July 11, 2007 - photo courtesy Tony Beck
Sedge Wren - Torbolton Ridge Road - July 11, 2007 - photo courtesy Tony Beck

        Dunrobin & Carp Ridges Route Directions: From 4104 Torbolton Ridge Road backtrack to the southeast 1.9 km to Kinburn Side Road. Take a right and go 1.3 km southwest on Kinburn Side Road to Stonecrest Road. Turn left or southeast onto Stonecrest Road and proceed 6.4 km to Thomas Dolan Parkway. This is a good starting point for our next site Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway.
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Last update:  June 3, 2011