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.
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.
American Black Duck
Great Blue Heron
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-thr. Green Warbler
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