Algonquin Provincial Park

Sat/Sun, January 5-6, 2019

One and a half days of birding

Summary

What a wonderful one-and-a-half days of birding with EOB friends. The weather was cooperative all weekend, but especially so on Saturday, where sometimes we could hear nothing but the sound of silence. Silence throughout the Algonquin Highlands is a special kind of silence 🙂 We were treated with superb views of a very active and obliging Boreal Chickadee at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on Saturday afternoon; I’m pretty sure this was the weekend highlight for everyone in the group. Sunday’s weather was much colder (the arrival of a cold front) and a little bit windier, as well, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying our day. We walked a few trails and visited the Visitor Centre several times, as well. Pine Grosbeaks up close and personal at the VC feeders was a superb treat, it must be said. We left the Park just after 3:00 PM and headed to the Laurentian Valley/Cobden Plain, and kept our eyes peeled for roadside owls (hawk owl…Great Gray) as we drove. We finished our day with a few Snowy Owls at dusk, just barely visible, lit from the lingering orange cast of the setting sun to our west. Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful “season opener.” 🙂

eBird Checklists

Saturday

Algonquin PP — East Gate: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412124

Algonquin PP — Opeongo Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412123

Algonquin PP — Spruce Bog Boardwalk: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412121

Algonquin PP — Mew Lake Campground: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412119

Algonquin PP — Opeongo Road: no birds were seen or heard (driving down the road at dusk)

Sunday

Algonquin PP — Visitor Centre: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412118

Algonquin PP — Spruce Bog Boardwalk: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412116

Algonquin PP — Visitor Centre: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412115

Algonquin PP — Trailer Sanitation Station: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412112

Algonquin PP — Mew Lake Campground: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412096

Algonquin PP — Visitor Centre: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412111

Algonquin PP — Opeongo Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412108

Laurentian Valley — Mountain Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412102

Cobden — Snake River Line: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51412105