Parkway Cottage Resort - Bird watching in and around Algonquin Park & Oxtongue Lake area.
May are prime Bird Watching Months!
We encourage you to purchase a copy of both The Birds of Algonquin Park and the Checklist and Seasonal Status of the Birds of Algonquin Park. These books will introduce you to the main habitats of the Park and to many of the common species, 77 in all. by Dan Strickland.
Algonquin Park and Oxtongue Lake Bird Observation.
Algonquin Park has hundreds of species of birds inside the Park border. 275 species have been recorded here to date with 141 of those species having been known to breed.About 90 species are considered to be common summer or permanent residents. Exceptional diversity for bird watching is due to several factors. Undisturbed wilderness, abundance of lakes and the meeting of the southern deciduous forests to the northern evergreen forests.
Many birds are year round residents - like the Gray and Blue Jay, Chickadee, Ruffed and Spruce Grouse,Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Evening Grosbeak. Others are migrants - like the Bunting, Blue Heron, Brown Thrasher and Wood Thrush. To track the migration of the return of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
click here for the progress map.
April and May a great time to watch the migrating birds. While many birds make Algonquin Park their destination, there are many more that stop off at the Park on their way further north. Bird watchers who stay at Parkway Resort get great bird watching opportunities. There is nothing like bird watching and hiking followed by staying in a warm cottage with wonderful lake views.
While driving through Algonquin Park you may spot a lot of new arrivals mainly waterfowl like:
great blue heron, turkey vultures, American black duck, hooded mergansers, bald eagle, spruce grouse, American bittins,