My oh my how Big Year plans can change. I was all set for a week long trip to northern Ontario and Quebec, in search of winter finches, American Three-toed Woodpeckers and more. However, yesterday I saw that Yellow-billed Loons are now being seen in Nanaimo, British Columbia. I had to quickly dissolve my northern plans and book a flight to Vancouver. Almost.
A quick check of the weather, as suggested by Sue, allowed me to discover heavy rains forecast, again, for the Vancouver area, through Thursday. Even if I did try to fly today, the flight might likely have been washed out. So, taking the safe alternative, I booked my ticket for Friday and decided to take two days and bird Algonquin Park today and tomorrow bird around Ottawa, including taking a brief sojourn into Quebec, before heading back to Toronto Thursday night and flying to Vancouver Friday morning. All that being said, I did have a fine day in Algonquin, enjoying the Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, and six new species for the year.
So, I’ll share a few photos and then get myself to sleep. There are birds to see tomorrow, and miles to drive before I fly.