T.O. Backyard – Algonquin Road Trip

Hand feeding a Gray Jay in Algonquin Park, Feb. 2013

Hand feeding a Gray Jay in Algonquin Park. February, 2013

A lot of people don’t like winter, but we enjoy it. Sure, we miss our beautiful Baltimore Orioles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and the many other birds that visit us during the Spring/Summer months, but Rob and I help ease this by taking a yearly winter road trip to the massive and beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park.

Approximately a 3 hour drive from our home we are given the opportunity to see some bird species that do not come this far south, let alone land in our backyard. It is always a memorable experience to see these birds. Some we see pretty much every time we visit , and some we’ve only seen once. We visit the park at other times of the year, but there is something special about the winter season there. Please enjoy a few pics from a few years worth of trips to this extraordinary park.

Black-backed Woodpecker from our first trip, Nov. 2010.

Black-backed Woodpecker from our first trip. November 2010

 

It was worth the 3 hour drive the first time we went to see the Gray Jays. November 2010

Male Evening Grosbeak Feb. 2012. Isn't he stunning?

Male Evening Grosbeak, Isn’t he stunning? February 2012

Probably our most magical sighting in the park to date, a Great Grey Owl. Oct. 2012

Probably our most magical sighting in the park to date, a Great Gray Owl. October 2012

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A beautiful male Pine Grosbeak. February 2013

Common in the park, a Boreal Chickadee. Nov. 2013

Common in the park, a Boreal Chickadee. November 2013

We've only seen the White-winged Crossbills once. Nov. 2013.

We’ve only seen the White-winged Crossbills once. November 2013.

We saw a leucistic Chickadee two years in a row. February 2013

We saw a leucistic Chickadee two years in a row. February 2013

The Ruffed Grouse are fun to come across. February 2014.

The Ruffed Grouse are fun to come across. February 2014.

Hand feeding the Chickadees is a favorite winter past time. February 2014

Hand feeding the Chickadees is a favorite winter past time. February 2014

Another lovely Gray Jay. February 2014.

Another lovely Gray Jay. February 2014

Not birds, but we were thrilled to see our first fox in the park, and we saw two! February 2016

Not birds, but we were thrilled to see our first fox in the park, and we saw two! February 2016

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