Algonquin Park

Saturday, December 18

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Algonquin Park is a true Winter Wonderland! We observed some beautiful boreal species, including five pine marten, Canada Jays, two female Black-backed Woodpeckers, a few Common Redpolls and a flock of Pine Grosbeaks. Our best stop of the day was near the winter gate at Opeongo Road…great winter birding there, and a pine marten, to boot (well, not to actually kick but you know, the idiom…) Late in the afternoon, we observed a Ruffed Grouse budding in a birch tree; we had a nice, long look at the bird as it foraged in the late-afternoon light. We were surprised to tally so few winter finches; no crossbills of either species and not a single Evening Grosbeak! Once again, Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse proved elusive; just a few days before our tour, a birder photographed 3 Spruce Grouse in the parking lot of Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Well, by now, I’ve personally learned that that’s Algonquin for ya. I slept soundly last night 🙂 Details below…

eBird Checklists

Algonquin Park — East Gate: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50772882

Algonquin Park — Opeongo Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50775794

Algonquin Park — Spruce Bog: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50777058

Algonquin Park — Visitor Centre: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50779233

Algonquin Park — Mew Lake Campground: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50780268

Algonquin Park — Old Airfield: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50781231

Algonquin Park — Spruce Bog: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50794761

Algonquin Park — Opeongo Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50794872