Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 1, 2011 Birding Algonquin Park

Ben and I spent the day birding various sites along Hwy. 60. Overall, an interesting day but numbers low. We did have 3 Spruce Grouse, 1 male at Spruce Bog Trail and 2 along Mizzy Lake Trail along with 1 Boreal Chickadee. There were 2 Gray Jays observed at mile marker 54 by a group from Kingston. The warbler variety was low but we did have Black & White, Nashville, Pine, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat and lots of Yellow-rumped Warbler. At the Old Airfield there were a few birds including American Pipit, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and a couple of Evening Grosbeaks flew over. Along Hwy. 60 we observed 6 Moose.

A Moose along Hwy. 60, looking for directions?

A number of Ruffed Grouse were observed increasing one drumming.

A male Spruce Grouse along Spruce Bog Trail was very tame.

A female Spruce Grouse quietly walks along a trail. Again very tame.

Another male shows off to us along Mizzy Lake Trail.

Usually more difficult to see as they skulk in a cattail marsh, this Swamp Sparrow fed in the open along one of the trails.

We observed at least 7 moose along Hwy. 60.

Ben searching the old airfield on his 14th birthday and hoping for a "lifer". Not this time, maybe at Pelee.

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