Woodlawn Public Library (HRM-C9)

This is one of many short stops that often produces really interesting early Fall to early Winter birds. It is a greenbelt near the rear parking lot for the Woodlawn Library and consists of a tangles, willows, some spruce and birch that line part of Ellenvale Run (a stream), that eventually empties into Morris Lake to the south. Though sandwiched between residential housing and commercial buildings, the small ravine collects rarer passerines that not only find natural food and shelter but they often are found visiting backyard feeders nearby. House Wren, Mourning Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat are birds that have been recently found here, although briefly, so always worth a look in the Fall on a regular basis. Resident Northern Cardinal, White-throated Sparrows, Swamp Sparrow and Purple Finch are expected. You may notice while here that there is a path the borders the ravine behind the Superstore Grocery Store. It may take you another 20 minutes but can be worth the short walk.

To get there, in Dartmouth, take Portland Street East to Eisener Blvd. Turn right at the traffic lights and follow Eisener until you see the Woodlawn Library on the left. Turn in and go to the rear of the building.

Contributed by Dave Currie.

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