Overnight to Algonquin Park – June 2 & 3

Male Moose

Spruce Grouse

Baby Hairy Woodpecker being fed, Photo courtesy Helena Garcia

Overnight excursion to Algonquin Park 2-3 June 2012:

A group of 13 enthusiastic people, met at the Coliseum Theatre Parking Lot bright and early Saturday morning.

Although the weather forecast was gloomy, to our great surprise, all of Saturday came with perfect birding conditions – calm, comfy and reasonably dry.

It started with a bang at the East Gate when Magnolia, Pine and Myrtle Warblers came into view. Along the Opeongo Lake Road we had many different songbirds including Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Swamp Sparrow and Nashville Warbler. One of the highlights was observing a baby Hairy Woodpecker making his mamma work real hard. He was comfortably seated at the entrance to his nest cavity, making a tremendous amount of noise.

We then went to the Visitor Center for a lunch break. While enjoying our meal, Tony spots a Black Bear far out in the bog beside the centre. We all got to see it, or at least parts of it.

After the break, we ventured out on the Mizzy Lake Trail. Many wonderful things happened this afternoon including appearances of a male Black-backed Woodpecker and a pair of moose. We were all mesmerized with the foraging male moose, and everyone with a camera got their unforgettable shots.

Full of wonderful impressions of Mother Nature, we ended the day with a hardy dinner at the Mad Musher Restaurant.

The late-evening chorus was filled with the songs of Green Frog, Spring Peeper and Veery.

Blackburnian Warbler

The group at the Spruce Bog Board Walk, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

Gray Jay

Stina Brick feeding the Gray Jay, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

The next morning began with promising skies, and an eager group.

t started with excellent views of Mourning Warbler, before our 7am breakfast. We went back to the Opeongo Lake Road where we revisited our noisy Hairy Woodpecker family. Nearby, we also had a family of Gray Jay’s and a male Spruce Grouse. A persistent rain followed, encouraging us to take an early lunch at the Visitor Center.

In the afternoon, along the Spruce Bog Boardwalk we had Lincoln’s Sparrows and a Boreal Chickadee. At the Barlett Lodge Parking Lot we had two cooperative male Evening Grosbeaks. Unfortunately, the rain became very heavy as the afternoon unfolded. Around 3pm, we decided to pack-it-in for our drive back to Ottawa.

All-in-all, it was a spectacular weekend with a trip-list of 93 species, including views of all our target species.

Spruce Grouse, Photo courtesy Tony Beck

Male Moose

Female Moose

Joshua McCullough photographing female Moose

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

American Black Duck

Anas rubripes


Anas platyrhynchos

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

Spruce Grouse

Falcipennis canadensis

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

Common Loon

Gavia immer

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura


Pandion haliaetus

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius


Falco columbarius


Charadrius vociferus

Wilson’s Snipe

Gallinago delicata

American Woodcock

Scolopax minor

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Chimney Swift

Chaetura pelagica

Ruby-thr. Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

Black-backed Woodpecker

Picoides arcticus

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Empidonax flaviventris

Alder Flycatcher

Empidonax alnorum

Least Flycatcher

Empidonax minimus

Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus

Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

Common Raven

Corvus corax

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Boreal Chickadee

Poecile hudsonicus

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

Eastern Bluebird

Sialia sialis


Catharus fuscescens

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

Wood Thrush

Hylocichla mustelina

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum


Seiurus aurocapilla

Northern Waterthrush

Parkesia noveboracensis

Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia

Nashville Warbler

Oreothlypis ruficapilla

Mourning Warbler

Geothlypis philadelphia

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

Cape May Warbler

Setophaga tigrina

Northern Parula

Setophaga americana

Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia

Blackburnian Warbler

Setophaga fusca

Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Setophaga caerulescens

Pine Warbler

Setophaga pinus

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Black-thr. Green Warbler

Setophaga virens

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana

White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus


Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark

Sturnella magna

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula

Purple Finch

Carpodacus purpureus

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Stina Brick photographing the male Moose

Viewing Black-backed Woodpecker

Enjoying Lincoln’s Sparrow

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Nina is Norwegian, an extensive world traveller, and is now living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She's also a passionate birder and nature lover. She's a professional photographer, graduated from "Bilder Nordic School of Photography" in Oslo, Norway. Her award-winning work appears in many catalogues, magazines, postcards, websites, calendars and more. Nina, & her husband Tony Beck, offer local excursions, international tours and photographic services through their company "Always An Adventure Inc". Nina also conducts photography and photo editing courses.

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Professional Photographer accepting new assignments! After working as an Executive/Personal Assistant for 15 years, mainly in the oil and gas business in Norway, I needed a change in my life. Since photography had been a passion since I was a child, I wanted to do something creative and meaningful in this field. This inspired me to visit Greece for 3 wonderful years. After returning to Norway, I decided it was time to become a professional photographer/artist. In 2010, I graduated from “Bilder Nordic School of Photography” in Oslo. At the same time, I was working full time with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International Arctic Program. In addition to nature & wildlife photography, I also do lifestyle, weddings/anniversaries, portrait and creative photography and I teach photography and photo editing.

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