Algonquin PP - Migrants, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee

David Britton brittondavid at
Mon Sep 1 18:53:52 EDT 2003

This morning I birded the upper part of the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin, 
off of the Arowhon Road.  Between 9 am and noon the birding was outstanding 
with large numbers of warblers and other migrant passerines moving through 
the bushes along the trail, especially near Wolf Howl Pond and West Rose 

In total, 17 species of warblers were observed (Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, 
Nashville, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, Blackburnian, 
Black-and-White, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Northern Parula, 
Bay-breasted, Tennesee, Blackpoll, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's, Palm, 
Pine, Ovenbird).

Other migrants included Solitary Sandpiper, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Philadelphia 
and Blue-headed Vireos and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Boreal Chickadees were seen and heard in several locations near Wolf Howl 
Pond and a female Spruce Grouse with two juvniles was seen along the railbed 
a short distance from the parking area.

DIRECTIONS:  Algonquin Park is located along Hwy 60 between Huntsville and 
Whitney.  The Arowhon Road is located about 15km east of the West Gate of 
the Park.  Take Arowhon road north off of Hwy 60 for about 5 km.  Where the 
road branches in three at the large Arowhon Resort sign, take the right 
branch and drive about 100m along the old railbed until you reach the chain 
across the road and park there.  The railbed can then be walked.  After 
about 15 minutes it joins up with the  upper part of the Mizzy Lake trail 
and passes by Wolf Howl Pond and West Rose Lake.  Most of the migrants were 
located near these two water bodies.  Feel free to email me privately for 
more specific directions.

David Britton

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