Sunday, 25 October 2009

Birds on the Jack Pine Trail

We decided to take a walk this morning, we had been thinking about visiting the Valleyview Little Animal Farm, but my daughter seemed rather indifferent to it, so instead, we took a walk.

We headed to the Jack Pine Trail, part of the Stoney Swamp greenspace in Ottawa (off Moodie between Hunt Club and Fallowfield). My wife had been here a time or two when we were dating, and I think we might have brought my daughter when she was much younger.

The parking lot was packed, but we were still able to find space.

I didn't realize that if you come here, you need to bring bird seed. (So, if you're going, now you know.) We came across the first of many bird feeders on the 2.5km loop, and I grabbed a small handful of what was left in the feeder and managed to get these pics.



The path that meandered along was very level, although there were a few rocks and roots that would have made a stroller difficult to navigate.

There are a number of raised wooden boardwalks to get you over muddy sections, and even a few that cross the middle of the swamp and allow interaction with any ducks that happen to be in the area.



Oh, and the birds, they really are tame, people don't faze them a bit.







How to get there

Take the Hunt Club exit from highway 416, turn west onto Hunt Club and then Left onto Moodie Drive. Parking lot is on your left.


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