Algonquin Park Trip Report

Saturday, February 24, 2018

8:45 AM – 4:00 PM

On Saturday, February 24th, 11 hardy Canadian birders (including some newbies to the country, all of the way from balmy Virginia!) joined EOB in a quest to see winter finches and other boreal birds at Algonquin Park. This trip was my favourite winter trip to Algonquin Park. Winter finches were everywhere, especially crossbills! We had a day-tally of 30 Red Crossbills before we even entered the park grounds. Many finches were on the highway, collecting grit and salt; these items help birds digest their highly-acidic food items. The best birding site of the day, by far, was the Visitor’s Centre. We tallied countless Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch, some Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, and even a lone Common Redpoll. The birds put on a tremendous show! Our two Spruce Gouse (male and female) budding in black spruce along Spruce Bog Boardwalk trail was also a highlight. Ron and Sheryl-Elaine personally took the cake with their sighting of a Long-tailed Weasel zipping past their car as they were driving along the highway, mid-day (awesome sighting!) Thanks, everyone, for such a great day 🙂

Photo: White-winged (top) and Red (bottom) crossbills

Photo: Red Crossbill

Photo: Purple Finch

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