Pointe-aux-Loups



Pointe-aux-Loups

Even though it is quite a bit smaller than the other islands, Île-aux-Loups just might have some surprises in store for you. Wetlands on both sides of Abdon Road attract waterfowl in considerable numbers. A little farther along the same road, just before you get to the road to Quai Sud, there is a small stand of conifers that is home to several different species. In winter, the dock at Pointe-aux-Loups is an excellent spot to observe sea birds.

Quality of site

January-February: Poor
March-April: Poor
May-June: Good
July-August: Good
September-October: Good
November-December: Poor

Access to bird watching site

Observation from the shoulders of Abdon Road and from the top of the cliffs near the fishing port.

Interesting ornithological features

In the wetlands, you will be able to observe the following species: Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), American Black Duck (Anas rubripes), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors), Gadwall (Anas strepera), American Wigeon (Anas Americana), Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) and Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris). There have also been sightings of Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) and Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus). In and around the small stand of conifers, there are many Bohemian Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus), Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), Rusty Blackbirds (Euphagus carolinus), Common Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) and passerines. There are very often Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle), Oldsquaw (Clangula hyemalis), Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) and White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) in the port; sometimes Dovekie (Alle alle).

How to get there

At the western end of the village of Pointe-aux-Loups, there is a gravel road running parallel to Route 199. This is Abdon Road. It ends at the road to Quai Sud. If you want to get to the fishing wharf, follow Chemin du Quai Nord to its end.