NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southeast - Rideau River East Side
BILLINGS BRIDGE PARK
Spring: ** Summer: * Fall: * Winter: **
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 117 (Riverside Drive). Go southwest on Riverside Drive 4.2 km, passing Bank Street, to a turnoff on the right or northwest to the parking area for Billings Bridge Park.
Rideau River East Side Route Directions: From Hurdman Park, return to your car on Old Riverside Drive. Go south 0.1 km to Hincks Lane and turn right or west on it. Drive 0.1 km to Riverside Drive. Turn left or south on Riverside and go 2.8 km and turn right or northwest into the parking area for Billings Bridge Park.
Map of Billings Bridge Park
Site Description and Birding Information: This park, directly across Riverside Drive from the Billings Bridge Plaza, is a lovely spot to have a picnic. It is directly across the Rideau River from the Brewer Park site on the Rideau River West Side route. The northeast end of this park is adjacent the Billings Bridge site on the Rideau River West Side route. The flock of ducks that winter here is often divided between these two sites, depending on where the handouts are. Some old willows along the river provide migrant shelter. During the warmer months, the city puts its clipped swans on this section of river.
Rarities seen there include: Yellow-throated Warbler (Oct. 15, 1999), Caspian Tern (4 - July 7, 2004), Snowy Egret (Apr. 26, 2005), Great Egret (Apr. 22 - May 3, 2006).
Grounds of Billings Bridge Park
Rideau River at Billings Bridge Park
Rideau River East Side Route Directions: From Billings Bridge Park, return to Riverside Drive and turn right or southwest onto it. Go southwest 1.4 km to Heron Road and turn right or west on it. Drive 0.3 km to the turnoff on the right for parking at the next site on this route, the Vincent Massey Park.
Return to Rideau River East Side.
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Last update: October 28, 2009