Algonquin Park & Renfrew County

Sat/Sun, October 27-28th

Two days of birding

A wonderful two days of fall birding! On Saturday, we birded Algonquin Park. Though we experienced low bird volume, we had an excellent variety of birds throughout the day, with some real surprises mixes in. Along Mizzy Lake Trail, we observed a Lincoln’s Sparrow along the railbed. Knowing this was a late record, we checked Ron Tozer’s “Birds of Algonquin Park” for details; we were elated to see that we nearly achieved a late-date record for this species, missing that record by only two days! Other “late” birds included Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and Northern Flicker. It was wonderful to bird the Park during its Golden Encore fall colour season. In the end, we “dipped” on a few of our targets, including Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee — there’s always next time (fingers crossed). On Sunday, we birded numerous sites throughout Renfrew County, from Pembroke to Beachburg. The birding was good, with some nice sightings throughout. Though visibility was cut short, the sights were stunning, with slow-falling snow and fall colours as a backdrop. At one point, we saw a male Eastern Bluebird banking across a snowy landscape; I’m certain I’ve never appreciated this species’ tone of blue quite as much as I did then! All in all, a lovely weekend in the field. Details below…

eBird Checklists

Saturday

Algonquin Park — East Gate: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528579

Algonquin Park — Mizzy Lake Trail (Old Railbed): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528577

Algonquin Park — Old Airfield: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528576

Algonquin Park — Visitor Centre: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528575

Algonquin Park — Spruce Bog Boardwalk: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528574

Highway 60: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528573

Sunday

Pembroke — Riverside Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528572

Lake Dore — Wilberforce Township Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528571

Lake Dore — Point Church Drive: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528569

Muskrat Lake — Boat launch: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528568

Foresters Falls Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528567

Gibson’s Lake: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528565

Zion Line Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528564

Lapasse Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528562

Lapasse Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528561

Lapasse Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528560

Beachburg Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528559

Queens Line Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49528556