Saturday, January 27: A day spent enjoying winter birding at one of Ontario’s premier winter birding destinations: Algonquin Provincial Park. At this time of year, we will look and listen for a variety of finches, as well as a whole suite of boreal specialties. We will endeavour to find both Red and White-winged Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, Hoary Redpolls, Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak. One of the most sought-after boreal birds, the Spruce Grouse, will be carefully searched for today. This is a great time of year to look for Black-backed Woodpeckers and Boreal Chickadees, esp. if there happens to be a moderate southward irruption from migrants further north. This year, many Black-backed’s and some American Three-toeds irrupted south from the northern reaches of their range; will we experience some of the effects of this irruption today? January is a good time of year to look for a variety of boreal mammals, such as Pine Marten, Fisher and Red Fox and we’ll be sure to scan the sides of roads for Moose. The suet feeder is set up along Spruce Bog Trail, attracting Boreal Chickadees.
Outing notes: Here are some ideas of what to pack and what to wear during this field outing. Some snacks, plenty of water, sturdy footwear, extra socks, hand and foot warmers, lens cloth, lip balm, sunscreen, and favoured field guides. Please wear layered clothing.
Lunch: We will be having a sit down lunch at the cafeteria at the Visitors Centre. If you enter the cafeteria, you must purchase your lunch there; you cannot bring your own lunch into the cafeteria.
Walking: We will be birding both by foot and by car throughout the day. The hikes will range from 1-4 km in length on mostly flat terrain. In the case that there’s fresh snowfall, the hikes will become a little more strenuous.
Activity Scale: Out of five stars, with five being a strenuous day, this trip sits at a 3 out of 5 for most birders. Please ensure that by signing up for this tour, you’re acknowledging that you’re capable of multiple walks throughout the day (with a total mileage of approximately 7 km of hiking).
Driving: We will be driving to various birding trails within Algonquin Park throughout the day. These will be relatively short drives.
Meet at 8:45 AM at the entrance to East Gate entrance to the park. http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/camping/east-gate.php
Accommodations: It’s possible that some of you may want to spend Saturday night in Whitney. For those driving up Friday afternoon, I will arrange a sit-down meal at the Mad Musher for Friday evening. The East Gate motel serves a nice, simple and hearty breakfast at 8:00 AM. For this tour, you will book your own accommodations at the motel. Please let me know once you’ve booked. East Gate Motel: http://www.algonquineastgatemotel.com/
My plans: I will be driving up to Algonquin Park on Friday, January 26th, leaving Ottawa at 2:00 PM. I am aiming for a 6:00 PM dinner at the Mad Musher. There is one space available for the drive to Algonquin on Friday afternoon. My vehicle is fully booked for tour day.
Method of payment: Cash or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to ‘Jon Ruddy’
Duration: 8 hours of birding, including a sit down lunch at the Vistor’s Centre.
Cost: $ 70.00 per person
Registration for this outing is now closed.