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Friday, June 15, 2012

Overnight to Algonquin Park - June 2 & 3

Spruce Grouse
Male Moose
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.
It 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
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Spruce Grouse
Falcipennis canadensis
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-thr. Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Picoides arcticus
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-thr. Green Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow

Stina Brick photographing the male Moose
Viewing Black-backed Woodpecker
Enjoying Lincoln's Sparrow

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