Algonquin Park birding locations?
Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:36 PM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:27 PM
I almost always go up the Arowhon road (north) to the cross-road which is the old RR bed, at about 3-4Kms up. There are usually birds along the east side, including Cardinals and Grey Jays.
Going west on the same road you will cross three waterways where there are often Herons and other waterbirds, and more.
Nearer the east gate off Hwy 60 is the Spruce Bog Boardwalk, which offers up a good selection, including Grouse.
At the main visitor centre if you go out on the deck you may have some very good luck seeing and photographing Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches and more!
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:11 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:48 PM
Birding in Algonquin is no different than birding elsewhere. Look from the ground to the tree tops around your campsite, birds pass through while foraging. Check the shallow waters for herons, dabbling ducks, etc while you're driving. Paddling a lake's shoreline or canoeing a slow moving river such as the Oxtongue river at the Western Uplands hiking trail provides a unique view of wildlife. The key is to be looking for birds, go slow and LOOK, regardless of whether you are driving through the park, walking one of the trails, or paddling the waterways, the birds are there but you need to take the time to look for them, and/or give the birds time to come to you.
We stayed at Canisbay Lake campground and saw common loons, great blue herons, common mergansers, wood ducks, american black ducks, mallards, broadwinged hawks, sparrows, downy woodpeckers, grackles, robins, ovenbird, turkey vulture, belted kingfisher, gulls, and ravens just by walking around the campground and paddling the shoreline of the lake. On our drives and the hiking trails we spotted ruffed grouse, wild turkey, wrens, more herons, dabbling ducks, sparrows, etc, and that's just the birds I can recall quickly. Other wildlife this trip included, moose, fox, deer, bear, beaver, chipmunks, squirrels, and a weasel. Odd thing was, we didn't see a single raccoon this trip, usually they are nightly visitors through the campgrounds but none were seen this time around.
I hope you have a good trip and the birds are as easy for you to find as they were for us.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:38 PM
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