Ears cocked, I listened for the Bicknel's the whole length of the blocked off drive. Any sudden movement I raised my binoculars. Kinglets, warblers, another Swainson's Thrush, but no sound or hint of Bicknel's Thrush. Wandering off into the bush wasn't an option either as it was very dense. Things looked pretty grim for to see this denizin of the deep fir forests. One bird we did rebound on was the Boreal Chickadee. This scruffy, tough looking chickadee looked like he was built for the harsh elements of the north.
Snowshoe Hare along the Skyline Trail. Photo by Aaron Balkwill
We decided to walk along the Skyline Trail for awhile. This is supposed to be the most scenic trail of the park. White-throated Sparrows, Downy Woodpecker, Red Crossbills, Black-capped Chickadees, juncos, and a Mourning Warbler greeted us along the trail. Snowshoe Hares were everywhere!!
We then looked at the time, it was 10:00am. Time to head back and drive down to catch our first Pelagic to the Bird Islands for Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Great Cormorants, Kittiwakes, and our next lifer, Atlantic Puffin!!