Algonquin Park & Renfrew County

Saturday, March 16: A full day of birdwatching in beautiful Algonquin Park. Our boreal targets include Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak and Pine Grosbeak. If the weather is suitable (mild, low wind) we will likely hear birds in song today, given the growing daylength. Boreal mammals are also possible today, including roadside, salt-loving Moose and Pine Martens climbing from tree to tree 🙂 We will be leaving the park sometime mid-afternoon and driving to the Cobden area, where we will search for Birds of Prey (including owls!) This is a good time of year to search for migrant Great Gray Owls as they wander their way back to their northern haunts, so, afternoon-to-dusk birding in suitable habitat is often a good strategy for seeing one!

Outing notes: Dress in seasonal and comfortable clothing, and consider wearing layers, as well. Please consider packing winter boots, ice grippers (if you own them), hand & foot warmers, extra socks, coffee/tea, snacks, water, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for the region in which we will be birding to help you decide on what to wear for the trip! Please pack your Ontario Parks pass if you have one. For those purchasing a day pass, the cost is approximately $15.00.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: We will enjoy a sit-down lunch at the Visitor’s Centre. Please note that you must purchase your lunch if you’re using the cafeteria’s facilities. Dinner after the tour is up to the group; we’ll decide the day of the tour!

Activity Scale: 2/5. For a description of the Activity Scale, please click here.

Accommodations: Birders may find it more convenient to stay at the East Gate Motel in Whitney the night before the tour. Please note that you must book your accommodations yourself.

Meet on Saturday morning at the East Gate entrance to Algonquin Provincial Park at 9:00 AM.

Carpooling: Carpooling in the lead vehicle is available upon request. Additionally, I am happy to make carpooling arrangements for you.

Method of payment: Cash, e-Transfer or cheque the morning of the tour. If paying by e-Transfer, please use as the recipient address; if paying by cheque, you can make it out to either ‘Jon Ruddy’ or ‘Eastern Ontario Birding.’

Cost: $75.00 (HST-included).

Duration: 8-8.5 hours of birding.

Register for this outing using the provided Sign-up form

Registration deadline: Friday, March 15th at 5:00 PM.

Spaces remaining: 7