Saturday, April 13: A full day birdwatching throughout 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. At this time of year, many returning boreal migrants will be arriving on their summering grounds. Large numbers of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers, a nice collection of sparrow species, flyover migrant birds of prey, busybody Winter Wrens, and tail-flipping Hermit Thrushes are all possible finds today. If the weather is “nice” (low wind and relatively mild), expect quite the song period at this time of year! Boreal mammals are also possible today, including roadside, salt-loving Moose and Pine Martens climbing from tree to tree 🙂
Outing notes: Dress in seasonal and comfortable clothing, and consider wearing layers, as well. Please consider packing rubber boots (preferably an insulated pair), windbreaker, rainwear, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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