Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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WEST 26 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 Birding Algonquin Park WEST GATE GATE Whiskey Rapids Trail Fen Lake Ski Trail Tea Lake Campground Algonquin Art Centre Bartlett Lodge Peck Lake Trail Canisbay Lake Campground Arowhon Pines Lodge Mowat Arowhon Road Source Lake Road Oxtongue (km 8) Logging Road Mizzy Lake Trail Lake Trail Hardwood Lookout Trail Western Uplands Trail Oxtongue River km 5 km 10 km 15 km 20 Canisbay Lake Polly Lake Source Lake Canoe Lake Found Lake Smoke Lake Tea Lake Heron Lake Cache Lake Wolf Howl Pond Mizzy Lake Trail West Rose Lake Trail, one can walk the entire seven-mile (11-km) loop, although one can make the trip much shorter by travelling 3 miles (4.8 km) up Arowhon Road from the trail entrance, then turning right on the Old Railway and going 0.4 mile (0.6 km) to a locked chain gate, parking here without blocking the gate, and walking another 0.9 mile (1.5 km) to Wolf Howl Pond and a further 0.3 mile (0.5 km) to West Rose Lake. Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail is a one- mile (1.5-km) loop, the entire length of which is wheelchair-accessible. Opeongo Road is 3.7 miles (6.2 km) long, with the best portion for northern species beyond the Cameron Lake Road turnoff about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) north of Highway 60. Each of these locations has extensive black spruce and mixed coniferous forests preferred by the northern species, where each of them can be found year-round. Below we describe our favorite techniques for finding these species at these locations. • Black-backed Woodpecker. Listen for these woodpeckers drumming or tapping while they feed, or giving blackbird-like chuck calls. Flaked bark on the ground or snow below dead spruce or tamarack is an ex- cellent sign of individuals pursuing wood- boring beetle larvae. They often excavate nesting cavities starting in April in trees at Wolf Howl Pond or West Rose Lake, in util- ity poles along Opeongo Road, or anywhere that has poles next to their preferred boggy habitat. Like many woodpeckers, the young n Highway 60 access detail to the southern area of the park.

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